Backstage Magazine


Meet the Blind Choreographer Envisioning a New World of Dance

By Victoria Dombroski | Posted July 24, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Houston Texas
Leading workshop, lecture and performance for Houston Arts Partner conference 2018!

The Houston Arts Partners Conference
Synergy 2018: Highlighting Arts Partnerships for Students with Diverse Learning Needs
Dates: September 14 - 15, 2018
Location: Klein Multipurpose Center

Event Description:
The arts and creativity belong in every classroom, reaching every child. Since 2011, outstanding national and Houston-based presenters have engaged HAP Conference attendees in developing the arts advocacy tools and the strategies for arts integration and partnership to make that vision a reality in every school.

Synergy 2018 highlights how together the arts, arts partnerships, and arts integration in schools can serve students with learning differences by
creating arts-infused, inclusive learning environments. From students with special needs accommodations, to English Language Learners, to Gifted & Talented students, Synergy 2018 is all about aligning our work to support every child. The conference features interactive, innovative, and fun presentations on integrating music, dance, theatre, visual arts, academic subjects, and other education priorities to create a dynamic learning environment!

Ecvent: "The Rhythm of Life" The 21st Annual Lighthouse Guild at The Met Museum
Dance Piece: Bridge over troubled water
Date: May 18, 2018, 7PM
Location:          The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Met Fifth Avenue,
                          1000 Fifth Avenue,             New York, NY 10028
Collaboration with The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse Guild performance, music inspired by works of art in The Met collection. The concert is free with Museum admission; no reservations
required. The Met invites individuals of all abilities to experience the
collection and participate in educational programs. The dance piece "Bridge
Over Troubled Water" will be presented with music school chorus singing the
same titled classic hit song by Simon & Garfunkel. There will be an
experimental accessibility descriptions with dance for visually impaired
audiences. Join and experience accessibility becoming the moment of art! I will be singing as one of the soloist singers
 as well.

An informal evening of works by 8 Diverse Choreographers
Admission :$15
Saturday April 28th 2018@8 P.M.(Door Open:7:45 P.M.)
43 West 13th Street New York, New York 10011 (Between 5th and 6th Avenue)
Featured Artists:
Frances Rosario-Puleo, Mana Hashimoto, SU-EN, Maxine Steinman, JoAnna Powell, Kristin Jackson, Gloria McLean, Sue Bernhard
Curated by Nancy Zendora
Contact Information:
For More Information, please visit American Dance Guild website and American Dance Guild Official Facebook Page
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UKK (Uppsala Concert Hall) Uppsala, Sweden

UKK (Uppsala Concert Hall) Uppsala, Sweden

~ Winter 2016 ~

Event: K.R.O.P.P - Seeing Without Sight - Mana Hashimoto
from New York and Katarina Eriksson from Stockholm
Presented by: K.R.O.P.P contemporary international dance platform
Date: December 8, 2016
Location: UKK (Uppsala Concert Hall) Uppsala, Sweden
Curator: SU-EN
In collaboration with: UKK and SRF Uppsala L (The swedish organisation for visually impaired in Uppsala)

Event: Workshop with Mana Hashimoto for blind audience
Date: December 10, 2016
Location: UKK (Uppsala Concert Hall) Uppsala, Sweden
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~ Autumn 2015 ~


Event: Performance at Vigil for International Peace & Ecology
Dance Piece: Enunciation
Date: September 20, 2015 10AM to 6PM
Location: Central Park, New York City (Bandshell in Central Park)

Inspired by the United Nations' resolution in 1981 declaring the 21st day of September each year as International Day of Peace, a day dedicated to peace and ceasefire, the Vigil is a transformational effort to promote peace through participation in music, dance, art, poetry and prayer.  The Vigil aims to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve alignment and recognize the oneness in all the roots of our humanity. At this event I perform my original choreographed dance piece "Enunciation" portraying Virgin Mary.


Event: Performance at Table of Silence 9.11
Date: September 11, 2015 8:15AM
Location: Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, New York City

The Tableof Silence Project 9/11 is a multi-cultural performance ritual for peace and healing, realizedthrough a ceremony with 100+ dancers and musicians that carries out the vision of itschoreographer, New Yorker for Dance, Jacqulyn Buglisi and collaborator artist Rossella Vasta. Please come to remember 9/11 together and send a message of peace.


~ Summer 2015 ~


Event: Performance at Shadow People Project's Remembrance of the 70th Year Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Dance Piece: Presley
Date: August 6, 2015 6PM
Location: Times Square, New York (Anita's Way at Times Square)

Shadow People Project was inspired by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, wherethousands of people were blown away, leaving only their shadows printed by heat on streets,  bridges, walls, and granite steps. These shadow people were the first to be rendered faceless andnameless by a nuclear weapon, but they were neither the first nor the last people rendered shadows.  The Shadow People Project is designed to bring shadow people out of the shadows, to fill the darknight with millions of tiny stars to let the world know we are HERE and care about what’s happeningto us, to each other, and to our humanity.  At this event I perform my original choreographed dance piece "Presley" behind a light and project my shadow onto a giant wall.

Dance without Sight

Dance without Sight

Event: Dance without Sight Workshop @ Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School  
Dance Piece: Presley
Date: July 16, 2015 6PM to 7PM & July 17 2015 11AM to 12PM
Location: Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School at the Lighthouse, New York City (59th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in Manhattan)

In Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this dance presentation workshop is designed for blind and low visionindividuals of all levels of dance experience. In this workshop, I share repertoire, discuss dance andblindness, and present my original choreographed piece with pioneering touch performance andverbal description.


Event: Disability, Dance, Artistry Conference
Date: July 8, 2015
Location: John Jay College, New York City

Mana participates in this Dance / NYC conference which features panel discussions, keynote speaker Simi Linton and many disabled dancers.  


Event: 19th Annual Lighthouse Guild at the Met Concert
Date: May 6, 2015 7PM
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

What does the color blue sound like? Expand your sensory palette at a vibrant evening of art and music with the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse Guild at the Met! Enjoy Mana's and other blind artists' powerful performances in this unforgettable evening!



~ Selected 2014 and 2015 Events ~


Stories of the Blind - Light, Shadow and Wind

Event: FLICFest 2015
Solo Dance Piece: Stories of the Blind - Light, Shadow and Wind, choreographed and performed by Mana Hashimoto
Location: Irondale Center, Brooklyn, New York

A serene, dramatic and enigmatic solo contemporary dance piece
choreographed and performed by
Mana Hashimoto

Photo of Mana dancing in white costume


I was fortunate to be selected as one of 6 choreographers for the prestigious dance festival, Flicfest 2015 and shared with the audience meaningful evenings of contemporary dance.
~ About the piece ~
Stories of the Blind-Light, Shadow and Wind is a contemporary solo dance piece. In this serene, exposed and enigmatic piece, Mana reveals her fears, struggles, dreams, longings and hopes before and after she loses her sight. The wind blows between reflections of Light and Shadow of life, from past, present to future. In her dance, Mana seeks the true meaning of "Once I was blind but now I see".

~ About FLICfest~
Held annually at the historic Irondale, FLICfest (Feature Length
Independent Choreography) is the first Brooklyn festival dedicated solely to the art of the feature-length dance. Each night of FLICfest will feature complete works by two
choreographers, as well as informal cabaret performances encompassing a wide range of styles.


Event: Performance of Dream of Love" at Dixon Place
Solo Dance Piece: Dream of Love, choreographed and performed by Mana Hashimoto
(An experimental dance piece that is partly performed in darkness - wonderful to work with the talented sound designer Omar Zubair)
Location: Dixon Place, New York City

~ About Dream of Love ~
Longing to love someone;longing to be loved. Dream of Love is an excerpt from Stories of the Blind as Mana anticipates her future existence based on the three elements of light, shadow and wind. In this pioneering piece, Mana takes the audience through a journey of "multisensory imaginative performance" as she performs part of the piece in the dark.  




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