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BALLET

Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
May 30, 2013
K-ballet brings back 'Giselle' and introduces new leads
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 company that showcases its virtuoso artistic director and star, Tetsuya Kumakawa to a company committed to nurturing and improving its dancers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 12, 2013
Allowing Nijinsky's ballet to tell his life
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 quivering of his thighs that mimed ejaculation when, performing Debussy's "Afternoon of a Faun," he rubbed himself against the captured drapery of a fleeing nymph. Offstage he was stolid — as blockish as Stravinsky's wooden Petrushka or, according to the sniffy socialites who patronized the Ballets Russes, as unimpressive as a shop assistant, a plumber's apprentice or a stable lad. After his mental breakdown, he spent decades in a state of blank-eyed mutism, interrupted only by inappropriate giggling fits.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Feb 1, 2013
Antonio Najarro offers flamenco with a twist of ballet
One of Spain's most prestigious dance troupes will perform in Japan for the first time in six years.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage / WEEK 3
Apr 15, 2012
Ballet students poised for giant leap abroad
The moment Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Robert Parker began talking about cartwheels, everything seemed to change.

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