Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

Stage May 18, 2016

Japan-born ballerina O'Neill wins prestigious Benois prize

Dancer Hannah O'Neill on Tuesday won the prestigious award for the ballerina category in the Benois de la Danse competition, becoming only the second recipient from Japan to do so. The 23-year-old O'Neill, of New Zealand and Japanese parents, is a premier dancer with the ...

One way to keep the kids on their toes

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Oct 10, 2015

One way to keep the kids on their toes

by Danielle Demetriou

There are few certainties in parenthood, from the ever-changing sleeping habits of babies to the unpredictability of toddler tantrums. One fact, however, can almost always be depended upon. However hard a parent tries to avoid gender stereotyping, almost every little girl will at some point ...

Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

World / Social Issues 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 so honored ...

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

Stage May 28, 2015

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

by Ako Washio

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 ...

Asia Pacific 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, the ...

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

National 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, were among ...

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

Stage Nov 5, 2014

Debutante ups the drama to refresh 'Sleeping Beauty'

by Kris Kosaka

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 frequent ...

Spain's ballet powers in

Stage Nov 5, 2014

Spain's ballet powers in

by Ayako Takahashi

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

Art Aug 21, 2014

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

by Mio Yamada

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 ...