Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

Jul 1, 2015

Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in the dance company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007. “I am ...

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

May 28, 2015

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

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Shoko Nakamura embarked on a challenging journey when she began retraining for ballet performances just one month after giving birth to her son, Joel, in 2011. The dancer, who goes by just her first name when performing, says the physical pain involved in getting ...

May 4, 2015

Ashes of ballerina Plisetskaya to be spread over Russia

The ashes of Maya Plisetskaya, the renowned Bolshoi Theater ballerina who died this weekend, will be scattered over Russia in accordance with her wishes. Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin said Plisetskaya left instructions for her to be cremated and, after the death of her husband, ...

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Feb 9, 2015

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Lausanne Switzerland An 18-year-old Japanese male won the No. 3 spot and a 17-year-old Japanese female placed fifth in an international competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, for young dancers aiming to perform professionally. Mitsuru Ito, of Saitama Prefecture, and Rina Kanehara, of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, ...

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

Nov 5, 2014

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

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As Noriko Ohara, the newly appointed artistic director of the National Ballet of Japan put it during a recent interview with The Japan Times: ” ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ should be a spectacle — it should be gorgeous and dramatic.” Our conversation, animated with Ohara’s ...

Spain's ballet powers in

Nov 5, 2014

Spain's ballet powers in

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After many years at the Paris Opera Ballet, Jose Carlos Martinez left that fabled company in 2011 when he reached its age limit of 42 for an etoile (principal dancer) — and took up the post of artistic director at the Spanish National Dance ...

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

Aug 21, 2014

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

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On May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris witnessed what has become a tale of artistic scandal re-told and exaggerated to almost mythic proportions. It is said that just seconds after the stage curtain was raised, the Ballet Russes’ performance of Igor ...

Ballerinas shine at top U.S. meet

Jun 28, 2014

Ballerinas shine at top U.S. meet

Japanese ballerinas Shiori Kase and Tamako Miyazaki grabbed the top two prizes Friday in the senior female division of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Kase, 22, who lives in England, said by telephone that she was thrilled to win the gold ...

Niyama wins Swiss ballet contest

Feb 2, 2014

Niyama wins Swiss ballet contest

Japan’s Haruo Niyama won top prize Saturday in this year’s Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious competition for young ballet dancers. Niyama, a 17-year-old from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, is the first male Japanese dancer to snatch the top prize since 1989, when Tetsuya Kumakawa won ...

Jeté-ing from ballet to kitchen-sink drama

Aug 14, 2013

Jeté-ing from ballet to kitchen-sink drama

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Though she’s moved from elegant arabesques to doing the washing up, former prima ballerina Tamiyo Kusakari is stealing the show in “Ani Kaeru (The Older Brother Returns),” a kitchen-sink drama playing every night through Sept. 1 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro. For renowned ...