Morikhiro Ivata (Dancer)|
"Much in the life history of this Japanese dancer, now of the Bolshoy Theater, has been happening ‘in spite’: in spite of his origin, of his nature, contrary to conventional ways of becoming a ballet artist, even against his own understanding of his destiny."
His final decision to commit himself to ballet came at the age of 19. After a year and a half of studies at the Russian Ballet Institute in Tokyo he came to Moscow. Having graduated from the Moscow Choreography School he had for three years danced for Vyacheslav Gordeev’s Russian Ballet and successfully participated in various competitions. At last he was admitted to the Mecca of Russian ballet, the Bolshoy, where – contrary again to the conventional wisdom (to which he himself subscribed) asserting that classical ballet is restricted to Europeans – he performs a vast partly-character repertoire and cherisher dreams of major parts.