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The Royal Ballet run workshops to inspire children in Japanese earthquake zones

Children in Kumamoto, many of whom have been unable to attend school recently, attended a workshop focused around Giselle.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 June 2016 at 3.47pm | 12 Comments

As part of their ongoing summer tour of Japan, The Royal Ballet was invited to run two days of workshops on 27 and 28 June 2016 for children in Kumamoto, an area which was badly damaged by earthquakes in April this year.

The workshops, organised by the Arts and Kids Foundation Japan and led by Royal Ballet Education Teacher David Pickering and Elizabeth Foster were held in local schools and involved over 400 children, introducing them to ballet and dance. Many of them have been unable to attend school since the disaster, which caused extensive damage to the local infrastructure.

Royal Ballet First Soloist Yuhui Choe, who was born in Fukuoka, participated in the opening session with Royal Ballet Principal Nehemiah Kish, in a workshop based on The Royal Ballet’s production of GiselleThey also met the headmaster who explained the effects of the earthquake which left many of the children with post-traumatic stress.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet said: ‘It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to reach out to some of the children who have been affected by the recent earthquakes and devastation in Kumamoto.  Ballet has the power to uplift and inspire so we very much hope that by going to Kumamoto with Yuhui Choe and Nehemiah Kish we were able to bring some joy to the region during this difficult time.’

Mr. Kabashima, the Kumamoto Governor added: ‘The Kumamoto prefecture suffered seriously as a result of the earthquakes this year and is still suffering two months on with more than 5,000 people classed as refugees. We were delighted to welcome The Royal Ballet and their inspiring workshops to our community which I’m sure will raise the morale in Kumamoto.’

The Royal Ballet is currently in Japan on a sell-out tour performing Romeo and Juliet and Giselle in five cities: Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nishinomiya, Nagoya and Fukuyama, hosted by NBS Japan Performing Arts Foundation. Alongside the performances, workshops have taken place in Kyoto and Shizoka as part of the Company’s commitment to Learning and Participation outreach both in the UK and internationally.

The Royal Ballet's workshops in Japan were generously supported by the Monument Trust

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 June 2016 at 3.47pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged #RoyalBalletJapan, Ballet, David Pickering, giselle, Japan, kevin o'hare, Nehemiah Kish, Romeo and Juliet, Yuhui Choe

This article has 12 comments

  1. anja responded on 29 June 2016 at 6:04pm Reply

    Yuhui for principal <3

  2. Patrick John Gordon Shaw responded on 29 June 2016 at 6:53pm Reply

    Magnificently inspiring work by the Royal Ballet on tour!

  3. Priscilla responded on 30 June 2016 at 7:58pm Reply

    Love and appreciate what Choe, Kish, and RB have done!!

  4. Lishan responded on 30 June 2016 at 11:04pm Reply

    Yes, Choe should be promoted to principal. This promotion needs to happen! :)

  5. Rebecca responded on 2 July 2016 at 1:46am Reply

    Yes! Agreed- yuhui for principal! she's my fav roh dancer!

  6. Patrick Buckingham responded on 5 July 2016 at 5:39pm Reply

    What a lovely thing to have done. Lots of people seem to love Yuhui and many appear mystified that she has still not been promoted to principal.

    • Lucy responded on 10 July 2016 at 1:31am

      We've been mystified by that notion for quite some time, especially with the four promotions to principal this year.

  7. Jason responded on 16 July 2016 at 1:51am Reply

    Yuhui Choe should be promoted to principal. It's been way overdue.

  8. ML responded on 22 July 2016 at 4:17pm Reply

    A promotion to principal for Yuhui please! Aside from being a radiant star in roles like Aurora, Cinderella, Nikiya, etc, she has also contributed much of her time and hard work to community workshops like this one and charitable causes like the Ann Maguire gala. Her promotion is long overdue!

  9. Fiona responded on 21 November 2016 at 6:42am Reply

    Please promote Yuhui to principal it's been long overdue! Was really hoping to see her promote alongside Ryo Hirano and Alex Campbell :(

  10. Georgette responded on 25 March 2017 at 8:06pm Reply

    Miss Choe need to be a principal. Her dance is just lovely as her. <3<3<3

  11. Anonymous responded on 8 September 2017 at 7:52pm Reply

    I'm going to add to the wave of people rooting for the same thing.


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