Asia Society Presents! TSURU
Please note that this program has already taken place. To see photos from the June 27 -28 performances, please visit our blog.
Inspired by Japan’s popular The Crane Wife folktale, Tsuru weaves traditional ballet and soundscape with new movement and music, creating a graceful and elegant retelling of the beautiful story.
Tsuru is a world premiere production, co-conceived by Houston dancer Nao Kusuzaki. Asia Society is pleased to name Houston Ballet as its principal collaborator.
The Crane Wife summary: Most commonly, the story tells of a man who marries a crane disguised as a woman. The woman earns the couple money by weaving beautiful textiles from her feathers and, in doing so, becomes ill. Upon the man’s discovery of his wife’s true identity, she flies away, leaving him forever.
Nao Kusuzaki, Co-creator/Principal dancer
Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, Dancer
Shahar Dori, Dancer
Zecheng Liang, Dancer
Yumi Kurosawa, Koto
Lachezar Kostov, Cello
Kenta Kojiri, Choreographer
Matthew Ozawa, Artistic Director
Ryan McGettigan, Scenic Designer
Renee Brode, Lighting Designer
Dedicated support for Tsuru is provided by Akemi and Yasuhiko Saitoh, Nancy C. Allen, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas). Series support of Asia Society Presents! is provided by Bank of America. Performing arts and cultural programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous support from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Clayton Fund, and Mickey Rosenau and Dr. Ellen Gritz, with additional support from the Favrot Fund and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Funding is also provided through contributors from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center
Japan Program Sponsor