The National Ballet of Japan
THE NEW NATIONAL BALLET OF JAPAN
The National Ballet of Japan (NBJ), the first resident ballet company in Japan, launched in conjunction with the opening of the New National Theatre, Tokyo in 1997.
The NBJ's repertoire is broad in scope, embracing classics such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker; 20th century works by choreographers such as Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Roland Petit and Kenneth MacMillan; as well as works by contemporary choreographers such as David Bintley, Nacho Duato and Christopher Wheeldon. The NBJ also commissions world-class choreographers to create original pieces for its repertoire.
The NBJ was awarded an Asahi Performing Arts Award in 2004 for its production of Raymonda. The company made its overseas debut in 2008 at the Kennedy Center in the United States, followed by an invitation to the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre in 2009, where it performed La Dame aux Camélias. The NBJ is highly rated internationally both for its much-praised principle dancers and corps de ballet.
Noriko Ohara, appointed Artistic Director in September 2014, set the company in a new direction and is currently leading the NBJ to new and even greater heights.
- SEASON CONTRACT DANCERS
- REGISTERED DANCERS
YONEZAWA YuiPrincipal Character Artist
SUGANO HideoFirst Soloists
WATANABE AtauFirst Artists
WAJIMA TakuyaFirst Artists
YAMANE KurumiDemi Character