8 Feb 2024
The 17th World Ballet Festival: Dates and Artists (July / August 2024)

Japan Performing Arts Foundation (NBS) is delighted to present the 17th World Ballet Festival from Wednesday 31 July to Saturday 10 August 2024 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.


When the World Ballet Festival was first introduced in 1976 under the leadership of the late Tadatsugu Sasaki, Founder of Japan Performing Arts Foundation, it was very rare for the star dancers of different companies or countries to share the stage. Its first edition caused an international sensation by bringing together three legends, Margot Fonteyn from the UK, Maya Plisetskaya from the Soviet Union and Alicia Alonso from Cuba.


Since then, held triennially in Japan, it has become one of the most prestigious and largest international ballet festivals. This summer, leading dancers from around the world will gather again to perform a wide array of ballets from classic to contemporary.


Ticket information, programs and more participating artists will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Date(s) for special performance(s) of a full-length ballet will also be announced at a later date.

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The curtain call at the 16th World Ballet Festival in 2021 photo: Kiyonori Hansegawa

Performance Dates and Venue

Program A

Wednesday 31 July 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Thursday 1 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Friday 2 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Saturday 3 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Sunday 4 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan


Program B

Wednesday 7 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Thursday 8 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Friday 9 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Saturday 10 August 2024 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan


Participating Artists

(as of 8 February 2024)

Elisa Badenes, The Stuttgart Ballet

Roberto Bolle, La Scala Ballet

William Bracewell, The Royal Ballet, first appearance

Mackenzie Brown, The Stuttgart Ballet, first appearance

Dorothée Gilbert, Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Marcelo Gomes, Dresden Semperoper Ballett

Mathias Heymann, Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Kimin Kim, Mariinsky Ballet

Sarah Lamb, The Royal Ballet

Hugo Marchand, Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Vadim Muntagirov, The Royal Ballet

May Nagahisa, Mariinsky Ballet

Marianela Nuñez, The Royal Ballet

Hannah O'Neill, Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Daniil Simkin

Olga Smirnova, Dutch National Ballet

Diana Vishneva, Mariinsky Ballet

Friedemann Vogel, The Stuttgart Ballet


* More artists will be announced at a later date.

* Casting as of 8 February 2024 is subject to change. Changes in the cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.