Hashimoto Mana

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Classical Ballet / Choreographer

Mana Hashimoto, began classical ballet training when she was four years old in her native Japan. She moved to the U.S. in 1993 to study jazz piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee Academy of Music in Boston. In 1997, she moved to New York to study modern dance at the Martha Graham School. She was also enrolled at Queens College Dance Department and Peridance.

Mana became totally blind in 1998. Through her experience of being blind, she discovered her own way of approaching dance and developed the use of other senses such as touching, hearing and smelling. Her aim on the stage is to share the space as a three-dimensional space with people through an imaginary visual sense as well as sound, smell and touch. Her original movement, which comes from her internal image, uses rhythm uniquely. She sees her body as an instrument.

In addition to her dance and choreographic experience, she is an accomplished musician as both an improviser and composer. She is also interested in ecology. She wants to create a better environment working for the community through the arts.

Mana has performed at: Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 2003; New York Fringe Festival, August 2003; Performance at Kazuo Ohno\'s studio in Japan, July 2003; Dance series at Puffin Gallery in SOHO, 2001-2003; and Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2001.

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