Caracalla 2019: The Tokyo Ballet

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Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Rome's breathtaking Baths of Caracalla for the ultimate concert set to awake your understanding of classical music.

The Tokyo Ballet was founded in 1964 and has always presented Eastern as well as Western works from all eras. The repertoire ranges from full-length classical ballet and neoclassical works to masterpieces by contemporary choreographers.
With over 700 performances abroad on 25 tours, a record in the history of Japanese performing arts, Tokyo Ballet enjoys an enviable reputation as a world-class Japanese company at home and abroad. The company regularly performs in the most prestigious European theatres, such as the Opera de Paris, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and successfully tours over 150 cities in 30 countries.

LA BAYADÈRE “The Kingdom of the Shades”
Production conceived and directed by Natalia Makarova.
Music Leon Minkus
Choreography Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa


Music Jean-Pierre Drouet / Pierre Cheriza
Choreography Felix Blaska


Music Igor Stravinsky
Choreography Maurice Béjart

The Baths of Caracalla are ancient baths in Rome and among the largest thermal baths in the Eternal City.
The construction of the Caracalla baths probably started in 206 under Septimius Severus and was completed in 216 under Emperor Caracalla. Further extensions, such as arcades and decorations, were carried out under the emperors Elagabal and Severus Alexander, so that the complex was not really completed until 235 AD. Together with the Diocletian Baths it belonged to the public and free bathing palaces.
In 537 the Ostrogoths destroyed the water pipe during the siege of Rome, which stopped the bathing activities. Nevertheless, they were regarded as the best preserved thermal baths until the Renaissance.
In 1824 systematic excavations began under Count Girolamo Egidio di Velo, who found the mosaic with the athletes. Nowadays the Rome Opera hosts open-air opera performances here.

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