East meets West in the first full-scale narrative ballet by Czech master choreographer Jiři Kylian. This adaptation of the Japanese folk tale The Bamboo Cutter fuses contemporary dance with the reinvented art of traditional Japanese drumming. By turns languorous and frenetic, it tells the story of a princess who descends from the sky and whose beauty provokes rivalry and war in the Land of the Rising Sun. A physically and emotionally demanding work, it is a stunning display of refinement and originality that was first performed by the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1988 and later restaged by the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris in 2010. Kaguyahime will now get its first performance by a North American company—and its Canadian premiere—with the dancers of Les Grands Ballets.
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