Moving Through
Metro Art Presents a creative collaboration with Pieter, featuring Emiko Sugiyama
Thursday, Apr 15 2021
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
FREE Register
METRO ART PRESENTS Moving Through, a month of dance and movement for times of change, in collaboration with Pieter, premiering on four Thursdays at 7pm in April.


Four Pieter teaching artists will bring their approaches to movement practice to different corners of Union Station to deliver site specific programs, each with a tie to transit, ranging from the practical (meditative movement to bring calm during a hurried commute) to abstract (through Cunningham Technique, a systems-based dance form developed by choreographer Merce Cunningham) to the historical (in the case of House Dance’s relationship to the subway system in Chicago and New York). The culminating program is Baggage, a theatrical dance work for film by choreographer and dancer Jay Carlon with musician Alex Wand, developed onsite in response to Union Station’s historic Ticketing Hall.


The series will air on Metro, Metro Art and Union Station’s Facebook and YouTube channels.


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April 15: House Dance – Dance Happens Everywhere with Emiko Sugiyama 


Emiko, joined by dancers Andrea Lomelin and Juliet Mendoza, breaks down some foundational steps for House Dance and then puts them all together in a dynamic sequence that will bring the club to anywhere you are!


Emiko Sugiyama is originally from Tokyo, Japan, where she trained in classical ballet. She moved to the United States to study in college in 1999 where she was introduced to Hip Hop dance, which became her communication tool as she struggled to express herself in English. Emiko is not only a performer but also an educator, choreographer, producer, artistic director, community builder, and mother.  Emiko has performed with numerous dance companies such as Illstyle and Peace Productions, Jelom Bel, One Step Ahead, Antics Performance, Montaz Performing Art Company, and Rennie Harris Puremovement, and produced festivals, events and programs including The Annual J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival at Ford Amphitheatre and the Bgirl Challenge, a ten week intensive breakdance training session to boost the confidence and skills of emerging female dancers and Hip Hop Island a youth summer camp to introduce at-risk youth to the positive artistic elements of the hip hop culture. In 2009, Emiko and her friends founded Open House which is a weekly dance session where people share the love of House music and dance. Today, Open House has about 2,000 active community members in Los Angeles. Emiko currently teaches Open House at Pieter Performance Space.

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Photo Credit: Farah Sosa. Courtesy of LA Metro