Miki Orihara, is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987. In addition to performing the Graham repertory, she has worked closely with the renowned Japanese-American dancer, choreographer and director, Yuriko, preserving her unique approach to Graham Technique.
Orihara has performed in the Broadway production of The King and I, with the Elisa Monte, Dance Troupe, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus, Twyla Tharp, Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart and Robert Wilson. She has presented her own choreography in New York and in Tokyo as a guest artist for Japan’s New National Theater.
Her teaching credentials include numerous workshops in Japan, Art International in Moscow, Peridance, the Ailey School, New York University, Florida State University, Henny Jurriëns Stichting( Netherlands), Les Etés de la Danse in Paris and New National Theater Ballet School. She is on a faculty at the Graham School, The Hartt School ( University of Hartford) and Barnard College (Columbia University).
mishmash＊Miki Orihara launched in 2013, as a Dance Director, created two music videos which released in June, 2014. She produced a benefit concert ” Dancing for JAPAN 2014″ as a curator, and also produced the first solo concert “Resonance” at the La MaMa theater in New York in May, 2014. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance.