BALLET ASTERAS 2016 ~ Inviting Japanese Dancers from Overseas ~ Open Call for Dancers 【Application closed】

Ballet Asteras has been annually staged since 2009 with our hope to support Japanese ballet dancers performing abroad. The project now includes dancers from domestic ballet companies as well and it has become a special festive gala performance. The NNT (New National Theatre) Ballet School is looking for young Japanese dancers based overseas to perform in Ballet Asteras 2016, the 7th production of the project.

Name of Production

Programme for Nurturing Upcoming Artists of the Next Generation (2016) commissioned by the Agency of Cultural Affairs

Ballet Asteras 2016~Inviting Japanese Dancers from Overseas~


Date of Performance

Sunday 31 July 2016, 15:00 at Opera Palace, New National Theatre, Tokyo
* Performers will be called for rehearsals from approx. 3 days prior to the performance.


Performance Detail

A gala performance mainly featuring classical works (with an orchestra)
Conductor: David Garforth
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be a professional young Japanese dancer performing in a foreign ballet company

* You must be a professional dancer performing overseas holding Japanese nationality or permanent residency status in Japan.

* Please inform us when applying if you have a plan to perform in another gala performance(s), etc. before or after the abovementioned date of performance.


Entry Pieces

Please select 3 entry pieces mainly from classical works, out of which 1 piece will be assigned after screening.

Each piece should be approximately 10 minutes in length (7 minutes in case of a contemporary work).

* Please make sure to obtain any and all performing rights required if necessary.

* Please find your own partner if necessary (your partner can be of any nationality).

How to Apply

Please prepare the following materials and send them to the Submitting Address.

1) The Application Form (email submission accepted)<

* Please download and fill in the form and send it to the Submitting Address stated below.

CLICK (PowerPoint file for email submission)

2) Programme(s) or flyer(s) of past production(s) you have performed in (photocopy accepted)

3) A recommendation from your company or a reference letter from a practitioner in the field of ballet

4) Stage photo(s) (email submission accepted)

* Please specify the name of production and the name of photographer. ★ They will be listed in the programme in case you are cast.

5) A video footage of a production in which you performed (private video accepted), in the form of DVD or an electronic file attached to an email.

* Please send a video of a piece you have selected as an entry piece if possible (in case of classical work).

* You may send a video of a contemporary work only if it is a piece you have selected as an entry piece.

* The video must have been filmed within past 2 years featuring yourself (please specify the name of piece and the date of filming).

6) A document certifying that you hold Japanese nationality or permanent residency status in Japan.

Submitting Address

Ballet Asteras, NNT Ballet School, 1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0071

Closing Date

Application must arrive by Monday 25 April 2016
*Application for Ballet Asteras 2016 are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Performance Fee

A performance fee will be paid to the successful applicant (and his/her partner) Note: The applicant must be responsible for any and all necessary expenses related to transportation, accommodation, costume, royalty for use of music and/or choreography, etc.

photo: Ballet Asteras 2015 (photographed by Hidemi SETO)