Michio Ito Biography

Michio Ito

dancer, choreographer
Born: 4/13/1892
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Ito studied traditional dance in Japan before moving to Paris in 1911. At the beginning of the World War, he moved to Britain and became acquainted with Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. In 1915, Ito choreographed an interpretation of Yeats's “At the Hawk's Well.” The following year, he moved to the U.S. and choreographed Broadway revues and experimental dance pieces for the Washington Square Players and the Habima Players. During this period, Ito divided his time between New York and Hollywood, where he choreographed films such as Madame Butterfly (1933) and Booloo (1938). He was deported from the United States in 1941, and returned to Tokyo to establish a modern dance school.

Died: 11/6/1961

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