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Kaguyahime, the Moon Princess

Eva rehearsing.jpgKaguyahime: The Moon Princess opens the season at the Grands Ballets Canadiens. It's a 10th-century Japanese  folktale that has already inspired films, books and even a video game.

The story is about a princess whose beauty is so great that princes fight for her hand in marriage.  Princess Kaguya, however, isn't flattered by this kind of attention and chooses her own path.

The ballet was created by award-winning Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, one of Les Grand ballets favourites.  The music is by Maki Ishii with traditional Japanese elements such as Kodo drummers and gagaku, which is a form of Japanese classical music.Sarah rehearsing.jpg 

Eva Kolarova and Sarah Kingston play Kaguyahime on alternating nights throughout the show's run this month.  Both Eva and Sarah dance in their first leading role.

They joined Sonali Karnick in-studio.

(Photo, above, Eva Kolarova; right, Sarah Kingston. Courtesy of JL Ratel) 

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Dance with Kylian : You may also be interested in the accompanying photo exhibition of the work of Kaguyahime's choreographer Jiri Kylian: "Danser avec Kylian" runs from October 9 to 29 at Place des Arts.