Created in partnership with the Houston Ballet, Tsuru was commissioned by and premiered at Asia Society Texas Center in 2015. Inspired by Japan's popular "The Crane Wife" folktale, Tsuru weaves contemporary choreography with theatrical movement and live music, creating a graceful and elegant retelling of the beautiful story.

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In the folktale, a crane chooses to transform into a woman and become the wife of the man who releases her from a hunter's trap. To help her husband prosper, the wife weaves beautiful textiles using her feathers, which eventually cause her to weaken. Upon the man's discovery of his wife's true identity, she flies away, leaving him forever. At its core, this is a story of love, sacrifice, deception and the impermanence of beauty.

Performers will be led by principal dancer and conceptualizer Nao Kusuzaki. Born in Japan and raised in the United States, Kusuzaki recently retired as one of Houston Ballet's soloists after 12 years with the company. The project's creative team includes choreographer Kenta Kojiri and director Matthew Ozawa.


This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.

Presented by Asia Society Texas Center

Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston , TX 77030

Date: Nov. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - Nov. 2, 2017, 9:30 p.m.