Performance Dates & Tickets
La Bayadère will open the 17th World Ballet Festival with two stellar couples and The Tokyo Ballet

La Bayadère

Ballet in three acts

Choreography Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Music Ludwig Minkus
Orchestrated by John Launchbery
Production Natalia Makarova
Set Design Pier Luigi Samaritani
Costume Design Yolanda Sonnabend
Marianela Nuñez
photo: Bill Cooper
Olga Smirnova
photo: Damir Yusupov

Held triennially since 1976, the World Ballet Festival is one of the most prestigious and largest international ballet festivals gathering numerous leading dancers from around the globe in Japan for more than two weeks to perform in four dazzling programs: special performances of a full-length ballet, Programs A and B consisted of variety of ballet pieces from classic to contemporary, and a Gala performance.

The 17th World Ballet Festival will open at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan with two special performances of one of the magnificent masterpieces, La Bayadère in Natalia Makarova's version danced by two stellar pairs and The Tokyo Ballet. On 27 July, the principal roles Nikiya and Solor will be danced by The Royal Ballet's Principals Marianela Nuñez and Reece Clarke, and on 28 July, by Dutch National Ballet's Principal Olga Smirnova and the Mariinsky Ballet's Principal Kimin Kim. Dream casts not to be missed.

The Tokyo Ballet, The Kingdom of The Shades scene
photo: Koujiro Yoshikawa
Performance Dates and Cast

Saturday 27 July 2024, 15:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Nikiya Marianela Nuñez, Principal of The Royal Ballet
Solar Reece Clarke, Principal of The Royal Ballet
The Tokyo Ballet

Marianela Nuñez

Reece Clarke

Sunday 28 July 2024, 15:00 @Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Nikiya Olga Smirnova, Principal of Dutch National Ballet
Solar Kimin Kim, Principal of the Mariinsky Ballet
The Tokyo Ballet

Olga Smirnova

Kimin Kim

Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Running Time About 2 hours and 50 minutes including two intermissions.

*Casting as of 1 March 2024 is subject to change.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

Tickets (tax included)
S ¥20,000
A ¥18,000
B ¥15,000
C ¥12,000
D ¥10,000
E ¥8,000
KOSÉ 25 and Under ¥5,000

●Children under 6 years old are not admitted to the auditorium.
●Program and casting as of 1 March 2024 are subject to change. Changes in the program or the cast do not entitle holders to return or exchange tickets.

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●Categories S, A, B, C, D and E
Thursday 16 May 2024, 21:00--Friday 17 May 2024, 23:00

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