Overwhelming imagery of Yukio Mishima created by Maurice Béjart, expressed by The Tokyo Ballet for the first time in 10 years
Ballet in two acts
|Choreography / Decor and Costume Concepts Maurice Béjart
|Music Toshiro Mayuzumi, Claude Debussy, Johann Strauss II, Richard Wagner
Photo: Kiyonori Hasegawa
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the ritual suicide of Japan's most famous postwar novelist, Yukio Mishima. When Maurice Béjart set about choreographing a new ballet for The Tokyo Ballet in 1993, he chose Mishima as a motif.
However, he did not create a biography nor use ballet to illustrate Mishima's work of literature whose importance was not yet fully recognized at that time. It was Béjart's bold experimentation to "simply suggest, and above all, love ーwithout ever judging".
The ballet opens with the sea, an important symbol in Mishima's works. From the sea roars, appear a schoolboy, Mishima, and four other selves who develop imagery of the themes of Mishima's masterpieces including Kyoko's House, Forbidden Colors, Rokumeikan, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and his lifetime aesthetic motif, Saint Sebastian.
The Tokyo Ballet has performed M not only in Japan but also internationally at prestigious theaters including the Palais Garnier, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hamburgische Staatsoper where it received huge critical and public acclaim. In commemoration of the 50th death anniversary of Yukio Mishima, The Tokyo Ballet will perform the ballet in October 2020 for the first time in 10 years.
Photos: Kiyonori Hasegawa
Maurice Béjart (1927-2007)
Maurice Béjart was born in Marseille on January 1, 1927, the son of the philosopher Gaston Berger. He began his career in Vichy in 1946. In 1959, he choreographed the widely successful Le Sacre du printemps for the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, and in the following year founded the Ballet du XXe Siècle. In 1987, he moved his operation to Lausanne where he changed its name to Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Having profound understanding on cultures of the world at all times, he created ballets for contemporary people. The relationship with The Tokyo Ballet was exceptional. He choreographed three ballets for the Company; The Kabuki (1986), Bugaku (1989) and M (1993).
Tadanori Yokoo designed the poster for The Tokyo Ballet's performances of M in 2000, with which he won the ADC Award.
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)
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●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 20 April 2020 are subject to change. Changes in the program and cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.
Ticket Sale Dates
All tickets go on sale on Saturday 27 June 2020 at 10:00a.m.
Presales at "NBS WEB Ticket" (Categories S, A, B, C & D)
Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 21:00--Thursday 25 June 2020 at 18:00
Presales and Discount Tickets at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center
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1. Discount for two persons (Categories S, A & B)
Enjoy a discount of ¥1,000 for two persons. Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 10 June 2020, 21:00 at NBS WEB Ticket, and from Saturday 27 June 2020, 10:00 at NBS Ticket Center (Phone +81-(0)3-3791-8888).
2. 25 and Under Tickets
¥1,000 tickets for those aged 6 to 25 years go on sale from Thursday 17 September 2020 at 20:00 at NBS WEB Ticket. You must bring identity documents with proof of age to pick up your tickets at the venue on the performance day.
Presented by Japan Performing Arts Foundation
Supported by The Association of Japanese Ballet Companies
Poster designed by Tadanori Yokoo