A company of some of the leading dancers from Japan will perform Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
It won’t be just traditional Japanese dance they will be staging, however. Rather, Tokyo Festival Ballet will perform traditional pieces choreographed by Marius Petipa and George Balanchine as well as works from several of Japan’s classical choreographers.
The troupe is made up of 17 dancers from Japan’s independent ballet companies. This will be the company’s third tour through the U.S.; in 1990 and 1992, it performed in New York, San Diego, Honolulu and Miami and elsewhere.
Among the ballets on the program are the pas de deux from “Don Quixote,” a waltz ballet to music by Maurice Ravel named “Picnic,” a contemporary dance called “Henyo-Unknown Symphony” and “Sakura,” performed to the music of Noriko Nakamura.
Following this tour, some of the dancers will participate in the UNited We Dance Festival, organized by San Francisco Ballet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter. Other companies participating include the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet and the National Ballet of Cuba.
The Pullman performance by Tokyo Ballet is part of the Festival Dance & Performing Arts series.
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with story: The Tokyo Festival Ballet Location and time: Beasley Coliseum , 3 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $25 for the first seven rows, $20 and $14 for adults in other seating, $16 and $10 for students, $12 and $8 for children; available at Beasley and the Depot in Pullman, the University of Idaho Student Union in Moscow, Albertson’s in Lewiston, and G&B.;