The choreographer-dancer Takehiro Ueyama founded the TAKE Dance Company in 2004, in New York City. With traces of his Japanese heritage, his work is inspired by the beauty of nature and the nature of humanity and equally uses powerful athleticism and delicate gesture to ensure a place on stage for the heart. He has created a vast repertoire of work featuring sensitive and exciting choreography on a mission to present a feast for the eyes, the mind and the soul. Mr. Ueyama’s choreography has been performed for audiences worldwide, including Central Park SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow, the New Noises Festival at Perry Mansfield, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Joyce SoHo, Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, PS/21 Chatham, and was selected as the 3rd prize- winner at the International Modern Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain. He has restaged works for The Alvin Ailey School, Tallahassee Ballet, PHILADANCO for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, New School University, The Juilliard School, Purchase College, Randolph College, Perry Mansfield and International Summer Dance in Burgos, Spain.
Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times raves:
"Takehiro Ueyama stands for the easy clarity of his dancing. All will be right with the world when Mr. Ueyama is on stage..... Dancing today can look like an exhausting dash to the finish line. Mr. Ueyama brings a soft and silky calm and sunny sweetness to everything he does."
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Ueyama moved to the United States to study at The Juilliard School in New York. As a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1995 to 2003, he toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. His television and film credits include appearances on PBS for Dance in America's Acts of Ardor and Dancemaker, a film by Matthew Diamond. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Ensemble and continues to perform with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre since 2003. Additionally, Mr. Ueyama teaches contemporary dance technique in several of the major dance schools, Universities and festivals throughout the United States, Japan, Spain and abroad.