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Red Kimono

ABC Tokyo Ballet | TEDxTokyo 2011

The award winning ABC-Tokyo Ballet Company believes that artists should convey hope, light and a buoyant future through their performances, especially in times of crisis like these.

The mixed Japanese and foreign dance troupe is equally well known for social activism, including regular performances at benefits for AIDS orphans and charities. Professionally, they’ve expanded the Western dance lexicon, weaving modern dance and music elements with classical Japanese sounds and movement.

ABC shares Japan’s fantastic culture with audiences worldwide in pieces such as Japanism—featuring young girls rushing through Shibuya bearing cell phones and kimono-clad women executing dynamic steps en pointe—and Urashima Taro, the legendary time-traveling fisherman. Intent on opening new doors for Japan’s next generation of dancers, ABC also provides an intensive outreach program to Japanese schools and the country’s first full-tuition dance scholarship program.

Learn more about ABC-Tokyo Ballet Company Website