Cult Blog Post of the Week

Check out some outtakes from our visit to The Tokyo Ballet via our collaborator Susanne Reffert’s own blog Chipango. With yet more rehearsal pictures, her feature is entitled Behind the Scenes: The Tokyo Ballet:

The Tokyo Ballet is a big company which performs internationally. I was a bit surprised to see that the dancers were exclusively Japanese. Usually, the dance world is as international as the scientific community, and companies consist of dancers from all over the world. The program that was being rehearsed were two pieces by the Swiss choreographer Maurice Béjart, “Don Giovanni”, and “Le sacre du printemps”. In fact, The Tokyo Ballet, which was in very good relations with Béjart who choreographed some pieces especially for them, holds the exclusive rights to perform his version of “Le sacre du printemps”.

Seeing a studio rehearsal is a completely different experience from seeing a performance on stage. The studio of The Tokyo Ballet is a big room with a high ceiling, lit from the side by a row of tall windows. I liked seeing the pieces performed in this atmosphere of work and practice, with other dancers looking on or warming up on the side. This is also what I tried to capture in my pictures.

Susanne also says that, after seeing the rehearsal, she is curious to see the performance on stage, complete with costumes and lighting. We hope she gets to see this wonderful troupe soon and that she’ll tell us all about it!

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Likes ballets that taste like 85% cocoa: pure, extra bitter, dark or intense. Her favorites are La Sylphide, Manon, Mayerling, Ondine, Symphonic Variations and McGregor's Chroma. Her favorite Ratmansky ballets are: The Little Humpbacked Horse, Russian Seasons, Cinderella and The Shostakovich Trilogy. She is always ready to chase new Ratmanskys around the globe. Non ballet: literature, theatre, opera, rock, art, food, travel, fashion, translating and interpreting.

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