I was invited to a ballet performance of Tokyo Star Dances Ballet. It was just one of their monthly performance but for me it was a great opportunity to see Miyako Yoshida, a legendary ballet dancer, who had been a principal of Royal Ballet theatre for 22 years.
The show focused two great choreographers, George Balanchine and William Forsythe and we were able to quickly trace the history of contemporary dance.
Miyako appeared in act 3, “Walpurgisnacht Ballet“ as a guest dancer.
Her performance is still sweet and elegant though she is already in her 40s now.
I had been keeping my eyes on her with binoculars in my hands.
Performing with Royal Ballet for more than two decades must have been super tough. Miyako is small framed compared with European dancers. She has been making up for her physical disadvantage by working hard.
Her technique is incredibly accurate and her expression is poetic
Ballet is fantasy. Many of programs describe imaginary things such as fairies and spirits. That’s the reason why female dancers put toe shoes and try to be free from the gravity on the earth.
When Miyako performs a spirit of flowers, she really looks as if falling in the wind. It’s the result of her constant highly aiming effort.