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Hideo Fukagawa RIP

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Hideo Fukagawa, one of the first internationally acclaimed Japanese dancers, has passed away at the age of 73 by pneumonia following a long illness. 

https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/115860 (Japanese)

Fukagawa gained a bronze medal at Varna in 1965, and silver medal in 1970. Also he won a silver medal and Nijinsky Prize at Moscow International Competition in 1969, when Baryshnikov won the Gold medal.  (recorded on the DVD World's Young Ballet)

He danced at Komische Oper Berlin, Stuttgart Ballet and as a principal at Bayerische Staatsballett, and returned to Japan in 1980. Since he has been choreographing and teaching, mainly in Nagoya and sometimes creating pieces for John Cranko School. Also he worked as a jury at various international competitions such as Prix de Lausanne, Jackson and Varna. But as he had not been choreographing much for the big companies in Tokyo, he did not hace the fame he deserved. (a beautiful piece called Soiree de Ballet was performed at the National Ballet of Japan a couple of years ago) 

Some of his performance clips,

He had gained the name of the Flying Japanese then.

May he rest in peace. 

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