Michio Ito Documentary
Trailblazers Exhibit Film - Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer
Cast Photo from Michio Ito Film
Director and Executive Producer - Bonnie Oda Homsey
Producer and Editor - John Flynn
Director of Photography – John Luker Original Music Composed by Teiji Ito
Narrator – Greg Watanabe
Featuring Interviews with Michio Ito solos performed by
Michele Ito – granddaughter and Director of Michio Ito Foundation Nancy Colahan
Barbara Perry – actress and former Ito Company dancer Janet Eilber
Mary Jean Cowell – Ito scholar and educator-choreographer Bonnie Oda Homsey
Nobuko Miyamoto – Artistic Director of Great Leap Risa Steinberg
Partial funding for film provided by Japanese American Community Services/Cecilia Nakamura Arts Fund.
Michio Ito is an important historical dance figure you never heard of. The film sketches his journey from Japan to Europe to America, from success to obscurity and finally to re-discovery. Purchase or stream at https://www.amazon.com/Michio-Ito-Pioneering-Dancer-Choreographer/dp/B00HO13FF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392857189&sr=8-1&keywords=michio+ito
The film premiere in NYC at Dance on Camera Festival sponsored by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tim Cowart's review can be read at http://www.dancefilms.org/2013/01/23/review-of-michio-ito-pioneering-dancer-choreographer/
The 2014 West Coast premiere was hosted by Dance Camera West and the filmed screened at MOCA.