Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer
Michio Ito – an outsider who became the insider through his distinctive artistic voice.
The year is 1912 when Michio Ito traveled from Japan to Europe without speaking Western languages or knowing its cultures. In London, he was befriended by literary greats -George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, and W.B. Yeats with whom he collaborated on “At The Hawk’s Well.” In New York and Los Angeles, Ito’s blending of East and West contributed to what became known as ‘modern dance.’ At the peak of his career, WWII happened and he was imprisoned and deported as an ‘enemy alien.’