Of the many categories of dance in Japan, from traditional ballet to so-called neo-butoh and beyond into the unmapped territories of performance installation, Minoru Suzuki is the only ballet choreographer with the potential to be a contender internationally. To celebrate 35 years in the business, Star Dancers Ballet Company commissioned a work from Suzuki that stands head and shoulders above his previous works, such as the character-driven “DragonQuest” or the more abstract, unfortunately named “Yonk.”

His new, evening-length piece “Missing Link” boasts another awkward title and is themed vaguely along the lines of “the expression of the subconscious,” but its premiere at Setagaya Public Theater Jan. 26 showed Suzuki in full stride. Unhappily, the dumping of snow on Tokyo at the weekend must have seriously compromised attendance at the remaining performances. “Link” deserves to be widely toured.

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