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BALLET

Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 24, 2014
Ballet meets noh in unique 'Feast of Beauty'
No matter what the weather early next year, a really special show being staged once only in Osaka and Tokyo is sure to set ablaze the hearts of noh and ballet fans alike.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 10, 2014
Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'
Christmas in the ballet world means "The Nutcracker," and fans in Japan can take their pick from numerous productions of this mistle-toed magic originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and premiered at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Dec. 18, 1892, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 5, 2014
Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'
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."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 5, 2014
Spain's ballet powers in
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 Company (Compania Nacional de Danza).
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 29, 2014
Millepied's L.A. Dance Project arrives with a triple bill of disparate delights
Two years after its inaugural performance, L.A. Dance Project is already a must-see company. In part that's because its founder and artistic director is the legendary French-born ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied — but also because of its trendy innovations in contemporary dance and modern art.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 21, 2014
Ballet's dance with the avant-garde
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 Stravinksy's "The Rite of Spring" triggered a raucous riot of heckling and heated arguments, which culminated with hurled objects, punches and arrests.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 13, 2014
'Sleep' dances toward another world
As a dancer, choreographer, philosopher and now professor in the Department of Scenography Design, Drama and Dance at Tama Art University in Setagaya, Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been extending the range of his talents ever since he stopped studying visual arts and sculpture to begin learning ballet at the age of 20 in 1973. That was before he switched direction again, in 1981, to experiment with videomakers, sound artists and other performers in search of what he terms a "new form of beauty.
Japan Times
JAPAN
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 11, 2014
'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'
Russian ballet group Ballets Russes, founded by renown impresario and art critic Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was not an ordinary troupe. It collaborated with many young individuals from various disciplines, including artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Coco Chanel. The modern and innovative performances were a huge inspiration in the worlds of art, fashion and music.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jun 4, 2014
Roberta Marquez: a Juliet to die for
The Royal Ballet, generally considered to be the best classical company in the world, numbers some 100 dancers from teens of countries who are based at its magnificent and newly refurbished Opera House home in London.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 12, 2014
Paris Opera Ballet chief hails Japan 'challenge'
Thanks to Louis XIV's love of dance, French is the language of ballet and Paris has remained the center of the art for more than 300 years since the Sun King's splendiferous 72-year reign ended with his death in 1715.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 19, 2014
ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan
Last August, with summer sweltering the city, I met Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, two soloists from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre, one of the word's top-four classical companies along with the Royal Ballet in London, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi in Moscow.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 19, 2014
Young K-Ballet School dancers get set for the big time
The splendid news about two Japanese high school students' outstanding achievement swept around the world this month.
Japan Times
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Feb 5, 2014
Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Tokyo Ballet, and the company plans to celebrate every step of the way.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Dec 25, 2013
Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache
Being good at business may be "the most fascinating art," as Andy Warhol said — and few likely know that better than Tetsuya Kumakawa, dancer extraordinaire turned extraordinary businessman.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 13, 2013
An audience with Sylvie Guillem
There are many wonderful ballet dancers the world over, but Sylvie Guillem is undoubtedly in a category of her own — and not only because of her famously self-willed ways.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 14, 2013
Jeté-ing from ballet to kitchen-sink drama
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jul 4, 2013
'New' Royal Ballet spans the frontiers of dance
For the first time in three years, one of the world's most esteemed ballet companies is bringing its talent to one of the world's most appreciative audiences, as part of a tour that explores the parameters of dance.
EDITORIALS
Jun 6, 2013
'Shock and awe' of another kind
Maybe it's just something in the air this time of year that prompts reruns of Igor Stravinsky's century-old, riotous ballet 'The Rite of Spring.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2013
Japan-born, Kaitani-trained ballerina hits stride in S. Korea
Choi Tae-ji, a Japanese-born South Korean prima ballerina, has dedicated herself to developing ballet in her country, once described by South Korean media as a "ballet desert" because of its failure to produce any great dancers.

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