オリエンタリズム|ORIENTARHYTHM

PROFILE

KATSUMI SAKAKURA

Katsumi (born in 1963 in Nagoya, Japan) developed an original dance style as composite art to showcase the unique elements of traditional Japan – “movement, rhythm and spirit”.
He first learned Karate from his father at the age of five and started receiving training from Karate experts at the age of 10. He then moved on to Boxing while studying in university.

He took up Hip-Hop dancing in his early twenties and copied American Hip-Hop dancers. He was inspired by a simple question asked by a famous American choreographer – “Why do you copy foreign styles while there are so many cool elements in Japanese art and culture”. He has devoted himself to pursuing the concept of cool Japan ever since.
After years of trial and error, he created an original dance style based on the movements and rhythm of Japanese traditional dance.
He also invented “Street Nunchaku” by combining dance moves and Nunchaku, which is an art of self-defence he learned alongside Karate. He then developed a new performance style “Projection Live” by synchronizing live dance and projected images. He first presented this new performance at JAPAN EXPO 2004 in L.A.
Katsumi’s new performance style “Projection Live” is highly praised around the world. He has performed in 39 countries by invitation and been on TV in 15 countries. He also holds lectures on “Cool Japan worth sharing with the world” in and outside Japan (including Moscow State University, Aoyama University, Obirin University, Nagoya Gakuin University and London SOAS university).

In 2015, Katsumi performed at the opening ceremony for the 128th General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur.

He is also known as a talented designer, who designs and crafts his own clothes, costumes and accessories for both stage and private use.

Career Summary
1999 Formed ORIENTARHYTHM with Eiko
2003 Competed on American TV show “TALENT AGENCY” and won the Championship across the U.S
2004 First performed “Projection Live – WA” at JAPAN EXPO 2004 in L.A.
2004 Choreographed for Namie Amuro’s tour.
2007 Performed for 5 days off-Broadway in N.Y.
2008 Performed for a month in Dubai by invitation from the government of Dubai.
2010 Performed for Shanghai Expo.
2011 Performed for a month in Hong Kong Disney Land.
2012 A documentary featuring Katsumi was broadcast in Singapore.
2013 Was featured on a special program broadcast through NHK WORLD (covering 60 countries).
2014 Was interviewed by BBC NEWS in London
2015 Performed at the opening ceremony for the 128th General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur
Media
The Mainichi Newspaper, The Yomiuri Shinbun, AERA, Pen, Tarzan, Free & Easy, South China Morning Post, VILLAGE VOICE,LEON

EIKO

Eiko (born in Kyoto, Japan) started her career as a fitness instructor in 1987 in Kansai. She won the Championship of the Japan Bodybuilding Federation in Kyoto in 1992. She then began her dance career and mastered a wide variety of styles including Hip-hop, Jazz, Locking, Waking and Capoeira. Her various achievements as a dancer include winning the second prize at JAPAN DANCE DELIGHT Vol.2.

Career Summary
1999 Formed ORIENTARHYTHM with Katsumi Sakakura
2003 Competed on American TV show “TALENT AGENCY” and won the Championship across the U.S.
2007 Performed for 5 days off-Broadway in N.Y.
2008 Performed for a month in Dubai by invitation from the government of Dubai.

Eiko together with Katsumi developed their original dance style as composite art to showcase the unique elements of traditional Japan – “movement, rhythm and spirit”.

She actively promotes their original style “Street Nunchaku” as a new genre of dance performance.

Eiko is also a popular conditioning trainer providing advice on physical beauty and health.

MAMI

Mami (born in 1987 in Saitama, Japan) started her dance career at the age of nine as a child street dancer performing Hip-hop, Locking, Punk and Jazz. She entered various dance competitions including TV Tokyo RAVE 2001, and achieved outstanding results.
She started training under Katsumi Sakakura and Eiko when she was 11.
She also took up football at high school.

Career Summary
2008 Joined ORYENTHARYTHM
2010 Performed for Shanghai Expo.
2012 Choreographed for Hatsune Miku’s concert at Tokyo Dome City Hall.
2013 Was appointed as a brand model for ‘andu amet’, an Ethiopian sheep skin fashion brand.
Performed “Projection Live” for the presentation of a new collection for Triumph, an established underwear maker.
2015 Performed and played for a charity event “Art Football” in Russia as a representative of Japan.

Mami performs together with Katsumi and Eiko their original dance style as composite art to showcase the unique elements of traditional Japan – “movement, rhythm and spirit”.

She assists in promoting their original style “Street Nunchaku” as a new genre of dance performance.
Mami is also known as a FTP Mat Pilates Instructor.