He is founding artistic director of Abarukas and an award-winning choreographer. His work was seen in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and the U.S. He won the International Choreographic Competition at NW Dance Project and Choreographic Shindig at Whim W'Him in the U.S. He was awarded for Best Choreography Award in Italy at FINI Dance Festival and Audience Award at Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain. He's commissioned to create a work from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, NW Dance Project, Whim W'Him, Ballet Des Moines, Ballet Arkansas, LITVAKdance, Dance Lab NY, Graham II, Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Elon University, Peabody/Johns Hopkins University, Muhlenberg College, Manhattanville College, HSPVA, GHAA, IAA, Making Moves Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival/Level Up, FINI Dance Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, and more. Broadway Dance World describes his work as, “I witnessed a true work of art...Mr. Sakuraba's brilliant mind for choreography has captivated me... extreme creativity, fine detail, and high level dancing."
He founded Abarukas in the fall of 2012, and the Company performed at BAM Fisher, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 and 2016, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Pan Asian Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe's Pub, Dance Gallery Festival/Level Up (Commission), Making Moves Dance Festival (Commission), LaMama Moves Dance Festival, WestFest, APAP Showcase at Peridance as well as a residency and performance at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
He's also presented his work for International Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Germany), Gdansk Dance Festival (Poland), Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival (Spain), Mash International Choreography Festival (Israel), and FIDCDMX (Mexico), Festival 10 Sentidos (Spain), and FINI Dance Festival (Italy). He was invited to present his work "Coming Home" for the Masdanza Extensions Tour in 2018 to perform in the seven islands of the Canary Islands. He's been featured in NY1 as well as Bric TV on Spectrum Cable Channel. He has taught workshops at Amsterdam Dance Centre (Netherlands), DAF Dance Arts Faculty (Italy), The Playground (NYC), Dance Theater of Harlem (NYC), FINI Dance Festival (Italy), Open Dance Festival (Iowa), and more. He currently teaches at Peridance, GIBNEY, and the Martha Graham School. He will create a new production for 2020-2021 with a London-based composer with support from Rabbit Island Foundation and Rozsa Center at Michigan Technological University.
"Abarukas a company the dance world must keep a very close eye on"- Wonderful World of Dance
Abarukas is a New York City-based contemporary dance company founded in the fall of 2012. With dancers whose credits include Cirque de Solei, Pilobolus, Australian Dance Theater, Shen Wei Dance Company, Persons, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Gallim, Abarukas gained notoriety. Dance Enthusiast wrote, "the technical prowess of the entire company is superb.” Abarukas so far has created 8 original works, Disagreed (2012, 12min) Lullaby to Mr. Adam (2013, 60min), The Master (2014, 25min), No Man is an Island (2016, 70min) and Bernadac (2016, 37min), Coming Home (2018, 10min), The Salty Land (2018, 8min) and Lotus (2019, 5min).
Abarukas' performance aims to be cinematic and invests in emotions and characters and gives a hint of dark storylines with tension. The Company creates distinct choreographic language assembled with raw, dynamic, articulated movement as they build layers of scenes with strong theatrical atmosphere.
I gravitate towards concepts that are potent with imagistic possibilities, and I strive to connect audiences to the artistry of the individual dancer.