The Tokyo Ballet: Kaguyahime

The Tokyo Ballet: Kaguyahime

The Tokyo Ballet

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Inspired by the ancient Japanese tale ''Kaguya-hime'' (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), renowned choreographer Jo Kanamori creates a captivating world of moonlight and celestial magic for the Tokyo Ballet.

Inspired by the same story that inspired Studio Ghibli's beloved film, ''The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,'' the story follows Kaguya-hime, a princess from the Moon, who is discovered as a baby by a bamboo farmer. Raised as his own, she grows into a great beauty, attracting the attention of five powerful suitors. To test their devotion, she sets each suitor an impossible task, ultimately revealing her celestial origins and returning to her lunar home.

Set to the romantic melodies of Debussy, including his beautiful moonlight suite, ''Clair de Lune,'' this enchanting ballet is a brilliant fusion of ancient Japanese literature and classic story ballet. With dancing bamboo groves, a loveable farmer, and swathes of magical moonlight, Kanamori's creation is an instant classic, capturing the imagination with its whimsical charm and timeless appeal.

Cast & Crew

(Director), (Choreographer), Akira Akiyama (Kaguyahime), Dan Tsukamoto (Douji), Kazuo Kimura (Okina), Suguru Otsuka (The Mikado), (Composer), Kanako Oki (Kagehime)

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