Japan International Ballet Company
Japan International Ballet Company (JIBC) is multifaceted. It performs high-quality original dance works, combining the strengths of Japanese dancers in original ways. It is new and experimental. We seek to inject the classic form of ballet with the energy of Japanese culture. JIBC is also involved in teaching human movement, fostering creative choreography and Japanese ballet talent, and showcasing the best of this talent to the world.
JIBC emerged from Emi Hariyama's experience of dance in Japan and internationally, and her strong desire that young Japanese dancers learn from high-quality international artists. Hariyama discussed the early concept of the company with her long-time collaborator Vladimir Malakhov who generously agreed to become its artistic director. Having a high-profile international artist serve as artistic director of Japanese ballet company is a rare privilege.
After graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Hariyama worked extensively with famous international ballet companies. She came to understand that the power of dance lies in the universal corporeal human experience as an empowering expression of emotion, and realised that this experience could be enriched with a distinctive Japanese “flavor”. Another motivation behind JIBC is to make [the creative dimension of] dance more accessible to ordinary Japanese people; this is the idea behind JIBC’s community dance workshops.