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Manhattanville Alumnus Presents at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center

Abarukas Dance Company

In August, Abarukas, a dance company founded by Yoshito Sakuraba '05, presented "A Lullaby to Mr. Adam" in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

During the haunting two hour piece dancers walked into the spotlight, staring into the audience for a few seconds and then struck sharp poses. The piece seemed to illustrate a leader who killed all of his people, surrendered himself, and then shockingly was killed in return, though like all of Abarukas' performances it is open to individual translation.

Sakuraba credits the college with helping him realize his creative potential.

"Manhattanville College helped me realize I was an artist. I didn't know I was until I met Prof. (Michael) Posnick, Prof. (Ara) Fitzgerald, and all of the teachers whom I met at M'ville. They taught me that I was,"

Fitzgerald, a professor/director at the Dance and Theatre Department, stated, "Without fail he was responsive to investigations in class or rehearsal and dedicated to making the best work possible. Fearless, he dove (often literally) in to discover/invent movement in search of its poetic resonance. He is an artist."

Learn more about Abarukas' performance here.