(b. 1920)

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(orig. Yuriko Kikuchi; b San Jose, Calif., 2 Feb. 1920)

US dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She grew up in Japan where she danced with the Konami Ishii Dance Company of Tokyo (1930–7) then moved back to the US where she became a member of the Dorothy S. Lyndall Junior Dance Group in Los Angeles (1937–41). After being interned in Arizona during the Second World War, she moved to New York to study with Martha Graham and from 1944 to 1967 was a member of Graham's company, thereafter appearing with it as guest artist. She created roles in Canticle for Innocent Comedians (1952), Clytemnestra (1958), and Embattled Garden (1958) and inherited many of Graham's own roles. From 1968 she had her own company, for which she choreographed many works. She also danced on Broadway as Eliza in Jerome Robbins's choreography for The King and I (1951–4) and in the film version (1956). She later returned to the Graham company to teach and assist in revivals of Graham's works; from 1991 to 1994 she was associate artistic director of the Graham company.

Subjects: Dance.

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