The Tokyo Ballet

The Tokyo Ballet was founded in 1964. In its third year, 1966, the company embarked on its first overseas tour to Moscow, Leningrad and Kazan by invitation of the Soviet government. Due to the success of this tour, Tokyo Ballet was given the title "Tchaikovsky Memorial" from the Soviet Department of Culture.
From its foundation, the company has always presented both Eastern and Western works from all eras. It has a wide repertory ranging from full-length classical ballets to neo-classical works, along with the masterpieces of contemporary choreographers. In particular, the company has original works created by three choreographers representing contemporary ballet: Maurice Béjart's "THE KABUKI"(1986), "M"(1993), "BUGAKU"(1989), John Neumeier's "SEVEN HAIKU OF THE MOON"(1989) "SEASONS-THE COLORS OF TIME"(2000) and Jirí Kylián's "PERFECT CONCEPTION"(1994). All of these works have achieved international success. It is exceptional for any company in the world to have original pieces by these three choreographers.
Having given over 630 overseas performances on 21 tours, a record in the history of Japanese performing arts, the Tokyo Ballet enjoys an enviable reputation as a world-class Japanese performing company both at home and abroad. The company has frequently appeared in most of Europe's distinguished theatres, such as the Opera de Paris, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Wiener Staatsoper, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, touring 141 cities across 30 countries with high praise on each occasion. In the three great opera houses in the former Soviet Union, namely, the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and Shevchenko, the company received the highest praise wherein the hosts wrote that they should humbly learn from the Tokyo Ballet. The company performed for the first time in South America from August to September 1998, playing to capacity crowds at Teatro Colón, the premier theatre in South America, as well as at other prestigious opera houses in Argentina and Brazil.
The company embarked on a two-and-a-half-month tour of Europe in 1999 and celebrated its memorable 600th overseas performance at the Deutche Staatsoper in Berlin on May 26th in the performance of “THE KABUKI.” The company received many accolades during its nineteenth overseas tour, which lasted for two months and spanned both South America and Europe. The company also received high commendations for its performance of “GISELLE” in China in May 2002. In November 2003, the company appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which performed in an orchestra pit first time in its history, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, with a program of Béjart/Stravinsky's LE SACRE DU PRITEMPTS/L'OISEAU DE FEU and Béjart/Ravel's BOLERO. In February 2004, The Tokyo Ballet premiered Béjart/Bartok's “LE MANDARIN MERVEILLEUX” which was acclaimed as a great success.
The Tokyo Ballet celebrated its 40th Anniversary in August 2004. In May 2005, the company presented The Tokyo Ballet premiere of Ashton/Mendelssohn's “THE DREAM.” In May 2006, the Tokyo Ballet undertook its 22nd overseas tour to Berlin and Copenhagen, receiving enthusiastic applause. In 2007, the Tokyo Ballet was awarded the 6th Asahi Performing Arts Prize in recognition of its achievements, including the Japan premiere in November 2006 of the lost 19th Century Romantic ballet, “La Fille du Danube” resurrected by Pierre Lacotte.

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Performances

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    by Maurice Béjart 1993

Persons

  • Denda, Akimi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Endo, Ayaka
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Goto, Haruo
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Haeno, Aya
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Hayashi, Sakiho
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Himuro, Yu
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Iida, Remi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Iida, Munetaka
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
  • Inoue, Ryota
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ishida, Yuma
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ishii, Hatsumi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Iwaki, Yukie
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Iwamoto, Ryo
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kamo, Masako
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kaneko, Hitomi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kato, Kurumi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kawai, Mari
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kawatani, Maria
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kimura, Kazuo
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Kishimoto, Natsumi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kishimoto, Hideo
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Koga, Satsuki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Koide, Reiko
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Masamoto, Emi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Matoiba, Fumihiko
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Matsuno, Daichi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Matsuura, Marie
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mikumo, Yurika
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Miura, Nanami
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Miyamoto, Yuki
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Miyashita, Kamizu
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Miyazaki, Hiroki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mori, Shiori
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mori, Ayako
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Morikawa, Mao
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Motoyama, Mayuu
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mtsushita, Yuji
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Murakami, Mika
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nagata, Yuta
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nagita, Yumine
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nakamura, Yuji
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Naoyoshi, Nagase
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nara, Haruka
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nihei, Kanako
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nikaido, Yui
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nishimura, Mayumi
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nojiri, Ryohei
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Nuiya, Misa
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ogasawara, Akira Ryo
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Ogawa, Fumi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Okazaki, Junya
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Oki, Kanako
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Rui, Yoshikawa Louis
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Saeki, Chika
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Saito, Yukari
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Sakai, Asami
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Sasaki, Miwa
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Sato, Yo
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Sugiyama, Yuichi
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Takagi, Aya
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Takagishi, Naoki
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Takahashi, Ryuta
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Takamura, Junko
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Takaura, Yumiko
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Takeshita, Torayuki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tanaka, Yuko
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Taniguchi, Mayuki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Terashima, Mai
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tomoko, Dry
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Tsuchiya, Miki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tsukamoto, Dan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tsukamoto, Buson
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ueda, Miho
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ueno, Mizuka
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Uenuma, Chihiro
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Umezawa, Hiroki
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Wada, Kosuke
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Yasuda, Shunsuke
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Yoshida, Ren
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Yoshioka, Mika
    Classical Ballet / Principal