Memories From the Juilliard Archives

Kazuko Hirabayashi works with dance students at Juilliard. Can you identify them?

 (Photo by Jane Rady)

Alumna Kazuko Hirabayashi (faculty 1968-2011), who touched an unlimited amount of dancers around the globe, died on March 24. A tribute will appear in a future issue, as will responses from alums who contacted us about this photo.

Kazuko Hirabayashi teaches a dance class

Later in her career, Hirabayashi is pictured teaching Scott McCabe, Molly Griffin, and Julia Headley, all of whom received their degrees in 2013.

(Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)


Kazuko Hirabayashi (Diploma '62, dance) taught at Juilliard from 1968 to 2011, and nearly a dozen of her works were premiered here including Black Angels (1973, music by George Crumb), Concerto (1977, music by J.S. Bach), Mudai II (1984, music by Takehisa Kosugi), Nowhere But Light (1976, music by Justin Dello Joio [BM '77, MM '78, DMA '87, composition]), and Rounds (1977, music by Teo Macero [BS '52, MS '53, saxophone]). Readers, if you recognize any of the students or have reminiscences to share about these premieres or any of her others, let us know at journal@juilliard.edu or (212) 799-5000, ext. 340.

Hirabayashi is also pictured in 2010, teaching Scott McCabe, Molly Griffin, and Julia Headley (all BFA '13). We'd also love to hear your memories about her later years at journal@juilliard.edu or (212) 799-5000, ext. 340. 


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