/wē/ is a collective study on gender identity featuring the full company with live sound by slowdanger. /wē/ rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls. /wē/ will premiere April 25th-28th, 2019 at the 14th Street Y.

Dance Artists
 Belinda Adam, Breeanah Breeden, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood
Sound slowdanger
Lighting Design Alejandro Fajardo

/wē/ was selected as work created during MICHIYAYA Dance’s PearlArts Movement Residency in Pittsburgh, PA. A work-in-progress draft of /wē/ was showcased at Gibney in April 2018, learn more.

Photos by SJR Photography, Kitoko Chargois, and Umi Akiyoshi Photography




fôr is a bi-city multidisciplinary collaborative exchange between Pittsburgh based movement-sound duo slowdanger and MICHIYAYA Dance. The piece explored perspective and identity as a constantly shifting state of defining and destroying boundaries in space. This initiative examined how bridges can be built between national artistic communities through collaboration. 

fôr premiered December 2nd & 3rd, 2017 at CPR-Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY and December 15th & 16th, 2017 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Dance Artists Anya Clarke, Taylor Knight, Anna Thompson, Mitsuko Verdery
Sound slowdanger
Lighting Design Alejandro Fajardo

 fôr WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO: the Opportunity Fund (PGH) and fiscal sponsor Unique Projects, Inc.

Photos by Caylee Shimizu



Spline unfolds the exploration of one's physical and psychological boundaries. MICHIYAYA Dance discovers the systems in which we create and are created for us to conform to certain parameters. Incorporated into Spline's concept was the life and physical voice of Co-Artistic Director Mitsuko Verdery's grandfather, Pampa as a vessel to share ideas of mental disorders, individuality, and coexistence. The word spline is defined as a key fitting into the grooves of a wheel, integrally with the shaft to allow movement of the wheel. Mitsuko and Anya wanted to discover the impetus for the wheel's movement. 

Spline premiered March 25th and 26th, 2017 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. 

Dance Artists
 Belinda Adam, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Aliza Russell, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood
Musician/Composer Jordan Chiolis
Sculptures Saar Shemesh
Lighting Design Barbara Samuels

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Heath Gallery. 

Photos by Umi Akiyoshi Photography




MICHIYAYA Dance partnered with THINX on their first activewear collection: Period-Proof Dancewear. MICHIYAYA Dance choreographed THINX's first dance video on the four phases of the menstrual cycle, along with a performance for their launch of the collection. 




Project V (5)


Project V (5) focuses on five different states of being: neglect, manipulation, emulation, repercussion, and rehabilitation. In these states, examining various qualities of touch such as contact, impact, perception, and communication of both ourselves and the other. MICHIYAYA Dance explores the different forms of human touch, interaction and its effect on self identity.

Project V (5) premiered March 5th and 6th, 2016 at CPR-Center for Performance Research.

Dance Artists
 Belinda Adam, Natsumi Sophia Bellali, Julia Discenza, Jacqueline Dugal, Núria Martin Fandos, Alana Ortiz, Marion Spencer, Blair Reavis-Tyler, Takako Yamanishi, Leal Zielińska
Musician/Composer Florent Ghys

Photos by Michael Discenza