The World Ballet Festival Returns for Summer 2021
For 45 years now, the most talented and renowned dancers have come to Tokyo every three years from around the world to perform at the World Ballet Festival, which will once again be held this summer. When it was first introduced in 1976 under the leadership of Tadatsugu Sasaki, it was very rare for star dancers of different companies or countries to share the stage. Its first edition caused an international sensation by bringing together more than 20 world-class dancers including three legends, Margot Fonteyn from the UK, Maya Plisetskaya from the Soviet Union and Alicia Alonso from Cuba. The Festival is a pioneer of its kind.
Since then, stars such as Jorge Donn, Patrick Dupond, Alessandra Ferri, Sylvie Guillem, Marcia Haydée, Manuel Legris, Vladimir Malakhov and Gil Roman have become regular participants, bringing the audiences to a storm of excitement every time and inspiring them to watch and compare the dancers' performances. The circle of energy created between audiences and artists in this Festival produces an atmosphere that motivates dancers to perform to the best of their abilities, and has resulted in many legendary performances. Featuring the world's leading dancers, all from different artistic backgrounds and representing a wide variety of repertoire and styles, the Festival also offers an opportunity to observe an overview of today's ballet scene. While there are many similar festivals today, the quality of the artists and the enthusiasm of the audiences at the World Ballet Festival continues to be among the highest in the world.
Ballet is an art form of nonverbal communication that unites finely tuned bodies and minds with sophisticated powers of expression, to create a deep and lasting impression on the audience. What you see on stage is life itself. Since last year, we have been hearing from many audience members saying that they appreciate the live performances more than ever, in these difficult times of COVID-19. We hope that the 16th World Ballet Festival will be another great opportunity for you to fulfill your appetite for performing arts.
Friday 13 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Saturday 14 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Sunday 15 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Monday 16 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Thursday 19 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Friday 20 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Saturday 21 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Sunday 22 August 2021, 14:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Conductors Valery Ovsyanikov, Robertas Šervenikas
Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano Yoko Kikuchi
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Tickets (tax included)
|25 and Under
●Please note that we are to present the performances with the utmost caution in line with national and regional guidelines for novel coronavirus infection prevention measures, and that the performance dates and details are subject to change depending on circumstances. We will be posting on our website a list of novel coronavirus precautions upon attending the performance. Audience members are kindly asked to read it before attending the performance.
●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 31 July 2021 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 Friday 14 May 2021 at 10:00a.m.
Presales at "NBS WEB Ticket"
●Two-Program Tickets (Categories S, A and B)
Monday 12 April 2021, 21:00--Wednesday 12 May 2021, 18:00
●Single Program Tickets (Categories S, A, B, C, D and E)
Thursday 15 April 2021, 21:00--Wednesday 12 May 2021, 18:00
Presales and Discount Tickets at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center
To purchase discount tickets at NBS WEB Ticket, you will need to register for a free membership of Japan Performing Arts Foundation (NBS) from here. (We regret that the form is only in Japanese.)
After registration, click here to buy tickets.
1. Discount for Two-Program Tickets (Categories S, A and B)
Enjoy a discount of \1,000 per ticket by purchasing the same number of tickets for both Program A and Program B in one transaction. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 12 April 2021, 21:00 until Wednesday 12 May 2021, 18:00 at NBS WEB Ticket only
2. Presales of Single Program Tickets (Categories S, A, B, C, D and E)
Presales of Single Program Tickets will begin on Thursday 15 April 2021, 21:00 and end on Wednesday 12 May 2021, 18:00.
3. Parent and Child Tickets (Categories S, A & B)
Parent and Child Tickets (for children between 6 and 18 years old, from elementary school students to senior high school students) for 13, 16, 19 and 20 August shows will go on sale on Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:00 at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center (Phone 03-3791-8888). Up to two child tickets per one parent ticket can be purchased. Child tickets are half the adult price.
4. 25 and Under Tickets
¥4,500 tickets for those aged 6 to 25 years go on sale on Thursday 1 July 2021, 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.
5. Discount for two persons (Categories S, A & B)
Enjoy a discount of \1,000 for two persons. Tickets will be on sale during the periods of presales and the general sales at NBS WEB Ticket and NBS Ticket Center (Phone 03-3791-8888).
For more information, please contact us at +81-(0)3-3791-8888 (phone) or
Presented by Japan Performing Arts Foundation
Co-presented by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Sponsored by KOSÉ Corporation