Ballet & Dance

La Chauve-souris
Ballet in 2 Acts and 7 Scenes

Artistic Director : Maki Asami
Choreography : Roland Petit
Music : Johann Strauss Fils
Répétiteur and Assistant to Choreographer : Luigi Bonino
Conductor : David Garforth
Scenery : Jean-Michel Wilmotte
Costumes : Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting : Marion Hewlett / Patrice Lechevallier
Assistant to Choreographer for the scenery and lighting : Jean-Michel Désiré
Stage Manager : Morioka Hajime
Orchestra : Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

September 2002 Sun. 22 Mon. 23 Thu. 26 Fri. 27 Sat. 28 Sun. 29
Bella Alessandra Ferri Kusakari Tamiyo Alessandra Ferri Alessandra Ferri Matada Kumiko Yukawa Mamiko
Johann Massimo Murru Yamamoto Ryuji Massimo Murru Massimo Murru Kojima Naoya Yamamoto Ryuji

Ulrich : Luigi Bonino (22, 26, 27)

Endo Mutsuko Omori Yuki Takahashi Ari Nakamura Mika
Nishikawa Takako Nishiyama Yuko Maeda Nina Ichikawa Toru
Guennadi Iline Okuda Shinya Chen Xiujie Tomikawa Yuki
Mailen Tleoubaev Grigory Barinov Yoshimoto Yasuhisa
and the artists of New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo

September 2002 Sunday 22 Monday 23 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28 Sunday 29
2:00pm X X     X X
6:30pm     X X    
The theatre opens 60 minutes before the curtain rises.

Available from Sunday 14 July, 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 Seat C
Price ¥10,500 ¥8,400 ¥6,300 ¥3,150
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and exclusive Ticket Pia Offices.
The performance on 27 September is "McDonald Special Night", supported by McDonald's Co. (Japan), Ltd.
All seats will be available in a half price (including tax)
Seat S: ¥5,250 Seat A: ¥4,200 Seat B: ¥3,150 Seat C: ¥1,575
Tickets will be sold at the Box Office and Ticket Pia Offices only.
Any discount will not be offered due to the special prices of the night, but Seat Z (¥1,500) is sold as usual performances.

LaChauve-sourisThe Bat Enraptures You and Flies Away.

Roland Petit, the master of contemporary ballet, is still creating a great sensation throughout the world today. The fascinating full-length ballet La Chauve-souris (The Bat) choreographed by Petit will make its debut at the New National Theatre, Tokyo.

Every night, Johann puts on bat wings and flies away. "Does my husband love me?" worries his wife, Bella. Ulrich, a friend of Bella and her husband, says to her, "If you want your fickle husband to stay at home, be yourself at all times and at the same time, behave like a different person. Don't allow your husband to use the privilege of transforming himself." Well, will the lesson bring effects? What will happen to Bella and her husband?

Needless to say, Die Fledermaus (The Bat), with its overture as crisp as bursting Champagne bubbles, is one of the greatest masterpieces of Viennese operetta. Petit freely interpreted and added his own chic esprit to this operetta when he choreographed La Chauve-souris, and a cheerful and dazzling spectacle unfolds in this ballet. The ballet develops with famous tunes by Johann Strauss II but is interspersed with many merry dances, such as cancan dances by waitresses at a nightclub, which are not included in the original operetta, and, of course, it is rounded off with a magnificent Viennese waltz. This is a masterpiece in which Petit, the magician of stage art who is well vested in all kinds of entertainment from ballet to musicals and revues, displayed his real ability. For the NNTT's premiere of the work, new costumes and stage setting based on the original designs were created. Enjoy La Chauve-souris, which adorns the opening of the NNTT's 2002/2003 season, to your heart's content. As soon as the curtains are drawn, you will be captivated by the magic of Petit.