The National Ballet of Japan (New National Theatre, Tokyo) will perform Manon choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, which has been called the pinnacle of British ballet. The tale of femme fatale Manon Lescaut, written by the Abbé Prévost, has been made the subject of operas, paintings, and films: this beautiful, heroic drama of a young couple who fall into ruin for the sake of love has been a perennial favourite through the ages. MacMillan’s Manon is known as a work which tests the overall ability of a ballet company, and the many pas de deux incorporating various unique acrobatic lifts fuse with Massenet’s beautiful, touching melodies to impress the strength of the couple’s emotions upon the viewer.
Dates: Saturday 22, Sunday 23, Wednesday 26, Saturday 29 February, Sunday 1 March 2020
Venue: Opera Palace, New National Theatre, Tokyo
* The performances on 29 February and 1 March have been cancelled. For more information please see the official website.