Once upon a time…

Yoko Taira

One upon a time… present us with a world of dreams. Images which are stamped on the mind of the choreographer and inspired by traditional Japanese music. These are portraits which have been sketched out to oriental rhythms which awaken in Yoko Taira her most profound roots.

  • World premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 (CND 2): at Teatro de Madrid, Madrid (Spain), April 28th 2001

This artist, who has Spanish nationality, takes her inspiration from a culture which is virtually unknown to us. Exotic, exquisite, different. A world which is full of the sensitivity and poetry shown in this creation.

Érase una vez… is the first ballet that Yoko Taira has produced for the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2. In 1999, In the 5th CND Workshop, she began to work with movement, which was the springboard for Reconstrucciones (Reconstructions), her first work. A year later saw her second piece Kosamai, which also featured Japanese music and which was the forerunner to this ballet.


  • Choreography:
    Yoko Taira
  • Music:
    Joji Hirota and Shoji Yamashiro (traditional Japanese music)
  • Costume Design:
    Amparo Utrilla (with the collaboration of Ismael Aznar)
  • Lighting Design:
    Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • Running time:
    15 minutes
  • Premiere cast:
    Marina Jiménez, Raquel Rey, Lucía Barbadillo, Miguel Ángel Bolo, Rayco Cano, Raúl Montes, Isaac Montllor