Ballet & Dance

J-Ballet -Danse Création-

String(s) piece
Kanamori Jo - Choreography
Music : Ikeda Ryoji
Scenery : Kanamori Jo
Costumes : Kanamori Ai

Shimazaki Toru- Choreograpny
Scenery : Yamaguchi Kenichi
Costumes : Tomonaga Yasuko

Nothing is Distinct
Nakajima Nobuyoshi- Choreography
Scenery : Fujimoto Hisanori
Costumes : Takigawa Harumi

Artistic Director : Maki Asami
Lighting : Sawada Yuji
Sound : Watanabe Kunio
Stage Manager : Morioka Hajime
Presented by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

Endo Mutsuko Omori Yuki Sakai Hana Takahashi Ari
Takayama Yu Nishiyama Yuko Maeda Nina Yukawa Mamiko
Shimada Kinuko
(Inoue Ballet, 16(Sat))
Ichikawa Toru Okuda Shinya Chen Xiujie
Tomikawa Yuki Milen Tleoubaev Grigory Barinov Yamamoto Ryuji
Yoshimoto Yasuhisa Kano Saeko Kawamura Maki Kanbe Yumiko
Kusumoto Ikuko Saito Nozomi Tsurutani Miho Matada Kumiko
Maruo Takako Iguchi Hiroyuki Kaikawa Tetsuo
and the artists of New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo

November 2002 Friday 15 Saturday 16 Sunday 17
2:00pm   X X
6:30pm X    
The theatre opens 60 minutes before the curtain rises.

Available from Sunday 15 September, 2002 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

Type Seat S Seat A Seat B
Price ¥6,300 ¥4,200 ¥3,150
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and exclusive Ticket Pia Offices.

New Light Is Shed on Ballet Works

The New National Theatre, Tokyo is pleased to present its "J-Ballet" series, a place for introducing future-oriented art to the audience. In this series, energetic Japanese choreographers who attract public attention today will appear to present their respective new works. The "J" of the title "J-Ballet" represents the "J" of the French word "japonais," which means "Japanese," and also the "J" of the French word "joyeux," which means "cheerful, merry." The "J-Ballet" is an attempt at creating ballet styles unique to the Japanese and is also a place for the audience to experience the joy of meeting something new - a place in which some of the best ballet works are offered to the audience. The forthcoming round in the series will feature three choreographers: Kanamori Jo, who will appear at the NNTT for the second time since he made a sensational debut there in May 2000; Shimazaki Toru, who has already been highly evaluated abroad, and Nakajima Nobuyoshi, who became a choreographer after he produced achievements as a principal dancer and has a thorough knowledge of performing arts. All of them are highly assertive choreographers with great potential and will undertake the choreography of new ballet works from scratch using dancers of the New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo. Interaction with various dancers of marked individuality will inspire the choreographers in an unexpected manner. This autumn, the NNTT invites you to be witness to the birth of ambitious ballet works that can only be presented by the NNTT.

Kanamori Jo          
Kanamori Jo studied under Maki Asami and Mitani Kyozo. After studying at Rudra Béjart Lausanne from 1992, he worked for the Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) II from 1994. In 1997, "Under the Marron Tree" became his first choreographed work to be accepted as part of the NDT II's repertoire. Subsequently, he moved to the Opéra National de Lyon. He presented "Anitya" at the Young Choreographer Evening in Cannes. In 1998, he won the K. de Lyon Best Dancer Award. He worked for the Swedish National Göteborg Ballet from 1999 and is currently a freelance choreographer. For the "J-Ballet" in May 2000, he presented "The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: Third Movement".
Shimazaki Toru      
Shimazaki Toru studied at the Goh Ballet Academy in Canada from 1981 and moved to study in New York in 1988. In 1990, he became chief personnel and choreographer for the ballet division at the Canada Sitter School of Dancing and subsequently played an active role as a choreographer in various Canadian cities as well in Japan. In 1996, "NA KRAWEDZI NOCY" he choreographed for the Polish National Poznán Ballet adorned the opening of the ballet company's season for that year and was performed in various European cities. In 1999, he served as a juror for the Prix de Lausanne international competition, and in 2001, he was asked to choreograph a contemporary variation for the competition.
Nakajima Nobuyoshi
Nakajima Nobuyoshi first joined the Star Dancers Ballet and then moved to the Tokyo City Ballet. In 1982, when he received the special Juror Award of Encouragement for the U.S.A. International Ballet Competition, he began to study in the United Kingdom and the United States as one of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs' overseas trainee artists. In 1983, he entered into a guest artist contract with the Tampa Ballet, playing the leading role in "Romeo and Juliet", "Giselle" and other ballet works. In 1990, he started to work as a choreographer in earnest. Major works he choreographed or directed include "Embrasser le Temps"; "Ushinawareta Kazoku"(Lost Family), which won the 1993 Best Three Award; "Cinderella", "Tsuki no Hitsugi"(A Coffin of the Moon), which received the Nagoya City Art Festival Award; and "Physical Noise".