JUNICHI FUKUDA

 

After receiving Bachelor degree in Dance Performance from Boston Conservatory, Junichi began his professional career. First, he became a member of Ballet Tech in New York City, under the direction of Eliot Feld, a world-renowned choreographer. Moving to San Francisco in 2003, Junichi joined Oakland Ballet and later became affiliated as a soloist with Smuin Ballet/SF directed by Michael Smuin (former artistic director at San Francisco Ballet). Returning to New York City in 2005, Junichi began dancing with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as a soloist. Junichi is currently a member of Buglisi Dance Theatre (since 2004), New Yor Baroque Dance Company (since 2007), NY2 Dance (since 2009), MEI-BE WHATever (since 2009), and the Peridance Ensemble (since 2002), where he is featured in many prominent roles. In addition to his performance with Buglisi Dance Theatre at the Joyce Theater in New York City, Junichi has toured throughout the US and overseas in Italy, Germany, Israel, France and Japan. Junichi has worked with leading US choreographers such as Jacqulyn Buglisi (artistic director of Buglisi Dance Theatre, former principal of the Martha Graham Dance Company), Seán Curran (original member of an off-Broadway performance “Stomp”), Eliot Feld, Paul Taylor (artistic director of Paul Taylor Dance Company), Igal Perry (artistic director of Peridance Center, faculty of the dance division of the Juilliard School), Michael Smuin and Catherine Turocy (artistic director of New York Baroque Dance Company). Afterwards, Junichi was selected as a soloist, who performed an important duet in “Elemental Brubeck” by Lar Lubovitch, the choreographer of “Othello” for American Ballet Theatre. In 2009, Junichi performed in New York City and Berlin as a member of the Berlin Wall Project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, featured by the New York Times. Junichi performed together with world-famous dancers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jose Manuel Carreno and Paloma Herrera (principals with American Ballet Theatre), Desmond Richardson (Complexions), and Rasta Thomas. Junichi has been active as a choreographer and his pieces have premiered in Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo. He is an assistant choreographer to Igal Perry, shaping pieces for Perry's company and also for Complexions and Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. In 2006, Junichi released "KAGI" for the Buglisi Dance Theatre, and he was commissioned to choreograph "White Dress" for Peridance Center in 2007. Recently, his latest piece "City of..." was chosen to be presented at the American Dance Guild Festival 2009 in New York City, which won over numerous audiences.