Kenji Usui Ballet Collection
Kenji Usui Ballet Collection is one of the largest private collections in the world, which amounts to as many as 6,500 items. The collection, starting in 1930’s and still expanding now, should be described as an extremely valuable collection in ballet history that covers widely from the begging to present age.
It is roughly divided into four themes: “Romantic Ballet” and “Russian Ballet” of the ballet golden age, “Ballets Russes” and following “Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo” which are the basics of contemporary ballet.
The collection covers from the only items in the world such as dancers’ handwriting letters and notes to official program of the performances with luxurious design and sometimes simple design at the time which can be useful materials for reference. There also includes a lot of colorful and artistically valued lithographs, paintings and posters, in addition to books and magazines counting more than 2,000.
Hyogo Performing Arts Center offers year-round opportunity to visitors of both permanent(6 exhibitions per year) and temporary exhibition(2 exhibitions per year).
About Kenji Usui
Ballet Dancer / Choreographer / Dance Crtitic / Dance Histrian / Ex-chairman and C.E.O of
Noriko Seki / Curator of 'Kenji Usui Ballet Collection'
Contemporary Dancer / Choreographer / Dance Researcher / Associate Professor of Kobe University http://www2.kobe-u.ac.jp/~sekinori/