Asia Society Presents! TSURU

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In Collaboration with Houston Ballet

Nao Kusuzaki. Photo by Amitava Sarkar

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.

An additional performance on Sunday, June 28 features the same program.

 

PERFORMERS                                                     
Nao Kusuzaki, Co-creator/Principal dancer         
Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, Dancer                      
Shahar Dori, Dancer                                    
Zecheng Liang, Dancer                             
Yumi Kurosawa, Koto
Lachezar Kostov, Cello

CREATIVE TEAM
Kenta Kojiri, Choreographer
Matthew Ozawa, Artistic Director
Ryan McGettigan, Scenic Designer
Renee Brode, Lighting Designer

 

Related Links

Arts+Culture Texas: Tsuru at Asia Society Makes its Mark as an Elegant Chamber Ballet

Houston Chronicle: Innovative 'Tsuru' developed into ballet with wings of its own

Houstonia Magazine: Pointes East, Asia Society Texas premieres Japanese-based ballet Tsuru

Houston Style Magazine: Special Performances at Asia Society - This Weekend Only!

Houston Press: Tsuru

 

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

Presenting Sponsors

Bank of America  

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts Alliance 

Japan Program Sponsor

Presenting Partners

 

Event Details

Sat 27 Jun 2015
7:30 PM

1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901

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