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13, 14 July
Toshiro Mayuzumi

Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes intermission included

Tokyo Ballet Company

Recorded music


68 minutes/ Intermission 25 minutes/ 40 minutes

Music Toshiro Mayuzumi
Choreography Maurice Béjart
Sets and costumes Nuno Côrte-Real

Dan Tsukamoto (13 July)

Yasuomi Akimoto (14 July)


Katsuhiro Nagata (13 July)

Mao Morikawa (14 July)

Enya Hangan

Yasuomi Akimoto (13 July)

Yuki Higuchi (14 July)

Kaoyo Gozen

Mizuka Ueno (13 July)

Haruka Nara (14 July)

Rikiya Riku Takashi 

Mao Morikawa (13 July)

Dan Tsukamoto (14 July)


Junya Okazaki (13 July)

Shuntaro Ifuku (14 July)


Arata Miyagawa (13 July)

Shoma Ikemoto (14 July)


Mamiko Kawashima (13 July)

Kanaki Oki (14 July)

Kampei (Modern)

Yuki Higuchi (13 July)

Kosuke Wada (14 July)

Okaru (Modern)

Natsumi Kishimoto (13 July)

Akira Akiyama (14 July)


Yuichi Sugiyama (13 July)

Junya Okazaki (14 July)


Kosuke Wasa (13 July)

Katsuhiro Nagata (14 July)


Hiroki Miyazaki (13 July)

Tsukasa Okazaki (14 July)


Yurika Mikumo (13 July)

Hitomi Kaneko (14 July)

Yoichibei Mao Yamada 
Okaya Akimi Denda

Haruka Nara (13 July)

Emi Masamoto (14 July)

Variation 1

Yuichi Sugiyama (13 July)

Junya Okazaki (14 July)

Variation 2

Shuntaro Ifuku (13 July)

Araat Miyagawa (14 July)



Teatro alla Scala welcomes back the prestigious Tokyo Ballet, one of the most important international dance Companies. This academic ensemble has been bringing the Classical ballet repertoire to Japanese audiences since 1964, embracing a European cultural heritage and spreading it in the East. The Tokyo Ballet is much in demand internationally for the richness of its artistic programs, where modern and neoclassical titles are matched with original new creations by 20th-century Maestros such as Maurice Béjart, John Neumeier and Jiří Kylián. The relationship between La Scala and Japan favoured the constant presence of The Tokyo Ballet in Milan from 1986 until 2010, the year in which La Scala was specifically chosen to celebrate the 700th tour performance of the Company abroad, with an extraordinary performance of The Kabuki. Along with a triple-bill exalting the vast repertoire of the Company and paying an homage to three great choreographers of the XX century - Balanchine’s Serenade, Kylián’s Dream Time and Béjart’s Le Sacre du printemps - The Tokyo Ballet returns to La Scala particularly with The Kabuki, one of the most acclaimed and well known titles, created by Maurice Béjart for this Company, that he had chosen as custodian for many of his masterpieces.


The Kabuki was created in close collaboration between Maurice Béjart, world-renowned composer Mayuzumi Toshiro and The Tokyo Ballet. Since its premiere in Tokyo in 1986 which caused a great sensation, The Kabuki has become an essential part of The Tokyo Ballet's repertoire. The Company has performed it in 16 countries, 197 times.The ballet is based on a famous play of kabuki called "Kanadehon Chushingura", a story about 47 samurais in the eighteenth century, however with some artistic modifications such as time travel of the tragic hero, Yuranosuke. It was completely innovative and dynamic fusion of Japanese traditional performing arts, kabuki, samurai spirits and ballet, and is arguably one of Béjart's masterpieces.