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New Year Ballet

New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
Saturday 09 January 202114:00
Sunday 10 January 202114:00
Monday 11 January 202114:00

The curtain will open in the New Year with the dazzling New Year Ballet. This triple bill will feature the NBJ's first performance of George BALANCHINE's Duo Concertant, as well as revivals of the popular 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café by David Bintley and the classic ballet Paquita.


This is a revival of a piece that premiered at the New National Theatre, Tokyo in 2003. Portraying the love story of a gypsy girl in Spain, the original full length ballet was first performed at the Opéra National de Paris in 1846 in the age of romantic ballet. The ballet as it is known today is a partial version of the original, revised by Marius Petipa. This work showcases electrifying soloist performances, culminating in the grand pas in the final scene which is the joyous wedding of the leading character, Paquita.

"Duo Concertant"

Choreographed by George Balanchine to Stravinsky's violin and piano piece of the same name, this stylish production was first performed by the New York City Ballet at the Stravinsky Festival in 1972.

"'Still Life' at the Penguin Café"

Set to the disarming avant-pop music of the Penguin Café Orchestra, a world music ensemble that was a sensation in the 1980s, and performed by dancers in realistic animal masks, this work has an underlying message about modern environmental issues and a scathing criticism of civilisation.

January 2021
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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