Choreographer Ishida still on his toes, 50 years on
By Mieko Sasaki for The Daily Yomiuri
Taneo Ishida, one of Japan's leading dancer-choreographers, will commemorate his 50-year career in ballet with a special performance with the Tokyo City Ballet at the New National Theatre's playhouse in Hatsudai, Tokyo, on April 2-3.
Looking back on his extraordinary career, the 73-year-old, who first encountered ballet as a student at Keio University in 1950, recalled, "I was so interested in drama that I took ballet lessons from Mikiko Matsuyama simply because I was told that dance training was essential for drama."
Ishida joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company in 1954 after graduating from school, mainly because "I couldn't find a job at any other company," he laughed. click for more