Introduction & Cast

The Dream

Choreography:Frederick Ashton
Music:Felix Mendelssohn

Ballet of the Fairies Scented with British Elegance

Photos:Kiyonori Hasegawa

The Dream is Frederick Ashton's delightful interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Comical turmoil surrounding King and Queen of the Fairies and human young lovers in the wood is depicted in the elegant scenery and costumes of Victorian style, to the music by Felix Mendelssohn including his famous "Wedding March". In the beautiful colors of nature, fairies and funny characters dance with humor and irony. Pas de deux for Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies, to be danced in the finale is brilliantly "Royal style".

Friedemann Vogel, the Stuttgart Ballet Principal Dancer and one of the world's most exciting ballet stars, will make his debut as Oberon, as a guest artist. Kanako Oki will dance Titania. Enjoy Vogel's exuberant dancing and the The Tokyo Ballet's beautiful ensemble in a ballet of British aesthetics and lyricism by Ashton!

Oberon: Friedemann Vogel, guest artist

Friedemann Vogel is a Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. His repertoire is vast ranging from classics to dramatic ballet of Cranko as well as ballets by Béjart and contemporary ballets. He will make his debut as Oberon.

Titania: Kanako Oki

On completing training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Kanako Oki joined The Tokyo Ballet. Her repertoire includes leading roles in La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Puck: Arata Miyagawa

Arata Miyagawa received his training at the John Cranko School. He won the bronze medal at YAGP in 2010 and silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2013. In 2015, he joined The Tokyo Ballet. His repertoire includes classical to contemporary ballets.

Photos:Kiyonori Hasegawa

*Casting (as of Dec. 4, 2017) is subject to change.

Serenade The Tokyo Ballet Premiere

Choreography:George Balanchine
Music:Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Innovative and Refreshing Masterpiece by Great Master

Danced to Tchaikovsky's soaring score Serenade for Strings in C Major, in the pale blue moonlight, Serenade is a milestone in the history of Ballet. It was the first ballet created by great master George Balanchine in America, and it still feels innovative and refreshing to the audiences with its perfect melding of flowing steps and exquisite music, unexpected brisk motion and ever-changing formation. Loved by audiences and dancers alike since its premiere, it has been presented by many of the ballet companies worldwide. The Tokyo Ballet's repertoire already includes three of Balanchine's ballets. By premiering this masterpiece, the company will add another excellent Balanchine's work to its repertoire.

Orchestra:Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

*The cast of Serenade will be announced after the rehearsals held by a repetieur.