Performance Dates & Tickets
A tantalizing triple bill featuring the world premiere of Jo Kanamori's KAGUYAHIME - Act 1

KAGUYAHIME - Act 1
World Premiere
Direction and Choreography Jo Kanamori
Music Claude Debussy
Costume design Tamae Hirokawa (SOMA DESIGN)
Décor Masaki Kondo
Video Ryu Endo
Lighting design Masakazu Ito (RYU)
Assistant Director Sawako Iseki
Costume production Sonoko Takeda (Veronique)
Technical coordinator Masaya Natsume

Le Mandarin merveilleux
Choreography Maurice Béjart
Music Béla Bartók
Costume design Anna De Giorgi after the films of Fritz Lang
Scenery Christian Frapin
Lighting Clément Cayrol

Dream Time
Choreography Jirí Kylián
Music Toru Takemitsu
Décor and costumes John F. MacFarlane
Lighting Concept Jirí Kylián
Lighting-realisation Joop Caboort (1983)
Technical coordination / Lighting redesigned by Kees Tjebbes

Photo: Susumu Nagahiro

Since its foundation, The Tokyo Ballet has developed a wide range of repertoire from classical full-length ballets to masterpieces of contemporary choreographer, and has premiered several original works created by the world leading choreographers such as Maurice Béjart, John Neumeier and Jiří Kylián.

The Tokyo Ballet will present a tantalizing triple bill, in which Japanese leading choreographer Jo Kanamori joins the two choreographic giants, Maurice Béjart and Jiří Kylián, with his new work, KAGUYAHIME, to be created for the Company.

Jo Kanamori moved to Europe at the age of 17 and studied under Maurice Béjart at Rudra Béjart School Lausanne. In 1994, he made his debut as director and choreographer at the Netherlands Dans Theater where Jiří Kylián was the-then Artistic Director. After working with several dance companies in Europe, he returned to Japan and in 2004 established Noism, Japan's first residential dance company of a public art center, RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center.

Having close relationships with the two giants in common, it was only natural for The Tokyo Ballet and Jo Kanamori to be drawn each other to collaborate. Inspired by the oldest Japanese surviving piece of literature "The Tale of Bamboo Cutter", KAGUYAHIME will be a full-length ballet in three acts to be created over the next few years. This year, only the first act will be presented.

Set to pantomime ballet of Béla Bartók and inspired by films of Fritz Lang, Maurice Béjart's Le Mandarin merveilleux portrays the fascinating period between the two world wars.

Jirí Kylián met Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu in 1982 for the first time on a remote island north of Australia, where they were both deeply moved by the experience at the Australian Aboriginal festival. After this mutual, profound experience, Kylián asked Takemitsu to compose a ballet for him, to which Kylián choreographed Dream Time.

Photos: Kiyonori Hasegawa

Performance Dates and Cast

Saturday 6 November 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Sunday 7 November 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

Cast at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

KAGUYAHIME - Act 1
Kaguyahime, a princess from the Moon Akira Akiyama (Nov. 6), Maria Adachi (Nov. 7)
Douji, an orphan Dan Tsukamoto (Nov. 6), Yasuomi Akimoto (Nov. 7)
Okina, an old bamboo harvester Munetaka Iida (Nov. 6 and 7)

Le Mandarin merveilleux
Le mandarin Suguru Otsuka (Nov. 6 and 7)
Le chef des truands Sou Toriumi (Nov. 6), Dan Tsukamoto (Nov. 7)
Son second - La fille Arata Miyagawa (Nov. 6), Shoma Ikemoto (Nov. 7)
Siegfried Braulio Alvarez (Nov. 6), Ryunosuke Ubukata (Nov. 7)
Un jeune homme Akimi Denda (Nov. 6), Kanako Nihei (Nov. 7)

Dream Time
Kanako Oki, Yurika Mikumo, Hitomi Kaneko, Arata Miyagawa, Junya Okazaki

Running Time About 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission(s).


On Tour

Saturday 20 November 2021, 13:00 @RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center
Saturday 20 November 2021, 17:00 @RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center
*Le Mandarin merveilleux will not be performed.

Cast at RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center

KAGUYAHIME - Act 1
Kaguyahime, a princess from the Moon Akira Akiyama (13:00), Maria Adachi (17:00)
Douji, an orphan Dan Tsukamoto (13:00), Yasuomi Akimoto (17:00)
Okina, an old bamboo harvester Munetaka Iida (13:00 and 17:00)

Dream Time
Kanako Oki, Yurika Mikumo, Hitomi Kaneko, Arata Miyagawa, Junya Okazaki

Running Time About 1 hour and 30 minutes including an intermission.

*Recorded music will be used.
*Program and casting as of 22 June 2021 are subject to change.

Venue

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)
http://www.t-bunka.jp/en/access/index.html

RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center
https://www.ryutopia.or.jp/en/access/

Tickets (tax included)

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●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 22 June 2021 are subject to change. Changes in the program and cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.

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Performances at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
文化庁委託事業「令和3年度戦略的芸術文化創造推進事業」

主催:文化庁 / 公益財団法人日本舞台芸術振興会

後援:一般社団法人日本バレエ団連盟


Performances at RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center
文化庁 大規模かつ質の高い文化芸術活動を核としたアートキャラバン事業

主催:一般社団法人日本バレエ団連盟 / 公益財団法人日本舞台芸術振興会 / 公益財団法人新潟市芸術文化振興財団 / BSN新潟放送