Miki Orihara is best known for her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which she joined in 1987 and earned a Bessie Award in 2010. She has performed on Broadway and with Elisa Monte, Martha Clarke, SITI Company, PierGroupDance, Lotuslotus and in productions by Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson.
Her solo concert series, “Resonance” has been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics around the world. “Resonance” traces the lineage of some of today’s most imaginative dance makers through earlier innovators like Martha Clarke, Lar Luvobitch and back to the masterworks of Martha Graham and José Limón.
Orihara has presented her choreography in New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo/Nagoya. She is a sought after teacher and coach working with the Kirov Ballet, Nakamura/Shuto Project(Japan), Japan’s New National Theater Ballet School, the Ailey School, New York University, The Hartt School, L’ete de la Danse (Paris), Henny Jurien Stitching (Amsterdam) and is Dance Director for Mishmash＊Miki Orihara.