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

by Nobuko Tanaka

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 ...

K-ballet brings back 'Giselle' and introduces new leads

May 30, 2013

K-ballet brings back 'Giselle' and introduces new leads

by Kris Kosaka

As summer approaches with the misty other-worldliness of Japan’s rainy season, Tokyo’s K-Ballet graces the stage in June with a revival of the hauntingly romantic masterpiece “Giselle.” Six different ballerinas will perform the lead role as the production synthesizes K-Ballet’s changing image from a ...

Allowing Nijinsky's ballet to tell his life

May 12, 2013

Allowing Nijinsky's ballet to tell his life

by Peter Conrad

How can we separate the dancer from the dance? Vaslav Nijinsky’s art was a vanishing act, and his mystique depended on gestures that lasted only a second, like his leap through a window in “The Spectre of a Rose,” or the slight but scandalous ...

Teen comes in third at Swiss ballet competition

Feb 4, 2013

Teen comes in third at Swiss ballet competition

An 18-year-old high school student won third place at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland over the weekend. “I am satisfied with my performance, but I can’t still believe I became one of the top finishers,” said Masaya Yamamoto of Nomi, ...

Ballet students poised for giant leap abroad

Apr 15, 2012

Ballet students poised for giant leap abroad

by Edan Corkill

The moment Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Robert Parker began talking about cartwheels, everything seemed to change. By then the formal stage of this year’s first-ever Japanese auditions for the world-renowned Elmhurst School for Dance in England’s second city of Birmingham had concluded. Next, ...