"Allowing students to perform is an important mission of her company, and it’s certainly an admirable one. Some dance enthusiasts may find it dull watching children at various levels of dance training, and some, like myself, will find it fascinating to witness the great potential of these young dancers."
- Jack Hanley, Indie Theatre Now
Remembering the Nisei Project
It's been 20 years since choreographer Marla Hirokawa premiered her Nisei ballet. It was last performed at the NY International Fringe Festival in 2014. On May 16, 2021, Li Grado aired her interview with Marla about the Nisei Project on her podcast.
You can listen here:
Find out more about the Nisei ballet at www.niseiproject.com.
Resident choreographer and artistic director, Marla Hirokawa began creating original story ballets in order that her students would have the opportunity to dance alongside professional dancers. Since 1989, her repertory has grown to fourteen story ballets and a number of smaller dance works.
Each year, Covenant Ballet presents a dance concert highlighting an old or new Hirokawa production. Here is a sample of past productions: