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The Royal Ballet to tour Japan in Summer 2016

The company will perform Romeo and Juliet and Giselle in five different cities across the country.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

6 June 2016 at 12.51pm | 4 Comments

Later this month, The Royal Ballet head to Japan for their annual international tour.

From 16 June to 7 July 2016, the Company will visit several venues to delight Japanese fans, beginning the tour in the capital city Tokyo before making their way to a further four cities: Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuyama.

The Royal Ballet are bringing two of the best-loved works of the repertory to Japanese audiences; Kenneth MacMillan’s ground-breaking Romeo and Juliet and Peter Wright’s Giselle, which is widely considered as the greatest of the Romantic ballets.

Several of the Company’s dancers are Japanese including First Soloists Ryoichi Hirano, Hikaru Kobayashi and Akane Takada, all of whom will perform during the tour.

Ahead of the tour, Principals of the Royal Ballet Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli recorded messages to Japanese audiences. Cuthertson said she was 'really looking forward to being in Japan again to perform for such a warm audience.' Bonelli revealed he was excited to visit the country because 'my wife is Japanese and we're bringing our daughter there for the first time.' Watch both films here.

The Royal Ballet last toured Japan three years ago, performing Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Speaking of the Company’s return, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare said:

‘Touring to Japan is always a highlight for the Company, the audiences are so warm and receptive and I'm delighted that this summer we'll present two masterpieces from The Royal Ballet repertory Romeo and Juliet and Giselle, showcasing the breadth, artistry and talent of our world-class dancers.’

The Tour begins at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Theatre.

Full lists of casting will be published on each of the venue's websites.

Tour Dates and Performances:
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Theatre (16 June – 19 June)
Romeo and Juliet / Giselle

Fukuoka Sun Palace Hall (29 June)
Giselle

Hyogo Performing Arts Center (1 July)
Giselle

Aichi Arts Center (3 July)
Romeo and Juliet

Fukuyama Hall of Art & Culture (6 July)
Giselle

The Royal Opera House would like to thank all tour supporters and Aud Jebsen for her support of the Royal Ballet touring programme.

This article has 4 comments

  1. very welcome to japan!
    looking forward to meeting you in nagoya.

  2. Chiaki Ohashi responded on 13 June 2016 at 4:05am Reply

    I would like to thank the Royal Opera for always selecting Japan as their choice of destination for their international tours, especially this time for including my hometown of Nagoya. Although we have had the Metropolitan Opera perform at Aichi Arts Centre in 1997 (Levine) and in 2011 (Luisi), we have never had the fortune to experience live ROH performances there. The opera fans of central Japan would be most grateful if you would consider arranging extra performances in Nagoya when the opera company plans its next tour to our country.

  3. Patrick John Gordon Shaw responded on 24 June 2016 at 8:31pm Reply

    Have fun! Japan is miraculous! Ganbatte kudasai! Terrific post and look forward to seeing you back at the ROH in the autumn!

  4. Janice Coates responded on 30 December 2016 at 8:40pm Reply

    Great to have this close connection with Japan as we have some fine dancers in the Royal Ballet from there. Would like a few more Brits as soloists and principals though. Seems like we are putting all our eggs in one basket there, so to speak e.g Francesca Hayward

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