Yoshito Sakuraba
Peridance Capezio Center
Salvatore Capezio Theater


Yoshito Sakuraba

He is founding artistic director of Abarukas and an award-winning choreographer. His work was seen in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and the U.S. He won the International Choreographic Competition at NW Dance Project and Choreographic Shindig at Whim W'him in the U.S. He was awarded for Best Choreography Award in Italy. He's commissioned to create a work from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, FINI Dance, etc. He won Audience Prize at Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain. He's presented his work for International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Germany, Gdansk Dance Festival in Poland, Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival in Spain, Mash International Choreography Festival in Israel, and FIDCDMX in Mexico, and FINI Dance Festival in Italy. He's appeared in the televisions and his work has been featured in NY1 as well as Bric TV in Spectrum Cable Channel.

He founded Abarukas in the fall of 2012, and the Company performed at BAM Fisher, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 and 2016, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, LaMama, APAP Showcase at Peridance, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 92Y, and a number of universities in the U.S as well as a residency and performance at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. The company was invited to the Masdanza Extensions Tour in 2018 to perform in the seven islands of the Canarian Archipielage in Spain. Broadway Dance World describes, "I witnessed a true work of art...Mr. Sakuraba's brilliant mind for choreography has captivated me... extreme creativity, fine detail, and high level dancing."


Nightwalkers, a new work for PCDC with 10 brilliant dancers, evolved from two objectives: spectacles and interexchanges. The new work pushes to the breaking point solely through the power of dance and music. It begins with ensemble work and later is infused and highlighted with a number of solos, duets, and partnering work to carry out its emotional tide. The new work finds its own way to push boundaries and create imaginative, otherworldly images, offering feeling, resonance, and exhilaration.