As David Bintley takes over as Artistic Director, the NNTT presents a special opening production of the finest small-scale works of three top choreographers of three different periods.
This magnificent triple bill starts with Fokine's The Firebird, followed by Balanchine's Symphony in C and Bintley's 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café.
As the opening production under the leadership of our new artistic director, the NNTT put together this triple bill hoping to give audiences an opportunity to enjoy the greatness of each work and the multifaceted talents of the NNT Ballet dancers in a smaller scale production.
I am delighted to be presenting my first season of ballets as the new Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Japan, at the N.N.T.T. Our first programme is a triple bill of legendary danceworks; Fokine and Stravinsky's great ballet 'The Firebird', which celebrates it's 100th anniversary this year; Balanchines wonderful 'Symphony in C' set to Bizet's youthful masterpiece, and finally my own 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe', originally created for The Royal Ballet in 1988. I particularly wanted to begin my tenure as Director with a triple bill, to show the Tokyo ballet public just how rewarding and entertaining a well chosen and varied evening of shorter works can be. For the Company too, this means more roles to dance and more opportunities to reveal their varied talents, and for the orchestra, often a higher calibre of music, as evinced by this programme.
- David Bintley