Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

Stage Dec 10, 2014

Get festive with a legend at Matsuyama's 'Nutcracker'

by Kris Kosaka

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, ...

'Sleep' dances toward another world

Stage Aug 13, 2014

'Sleep' dances toward another world

by Mika Eglinton

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 ...

Paris Opera Ballet chief hails Japan 'challenge'

Stage Mar 12, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet chief hails Japan 'challenge'

by Kris Kosaka

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. Yet for a company so ...

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

Stage Feb 19, 2014

ABT brings 'magical moments' to Japan

by Nobuko Tanaka

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 ...

An audience with Sylvie Guillem

Stage Nov 13, 2013

An audience with Sylvie Guillem

by Ayako Takahashi

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. Born in Paris in February 1965, in 1984, Guillem — whose first love as a ...