- Date: 4 July 2011
- Region: West Midlands
The Dream Miyako Yoshida as Titania with artists of BRB. Credit: K Hasegawa
Despite many artists cancelling or postponing tours to Japan, Birmingham Royal Ballet's (BRB) visit went ahead as planned.
Performances of Peter Wright's The Sleeping Beauty and Frederick Ashton's The Dream and Daphnis and Chloë triumphed in the cities of Tokyo, Kamakura, Nagoya and Hyogo between 14 and 29 May.
The company performed to 18,000 people over the tour's ten performances.
Norio Takahashi, Administrative Director of NBS Performing Arts Foundation, the promoters behind the tour, said: "The tour meant so much to the Japanese people as BRB became one of the first, large-scale touring companies to visit Japan following the earthquake and tsunami."
Following the tour, David Warren, The British Ambassador to Japan said: "It was marvellous to see Birmingham Royal Ballet in Japan again, and their performances were really memorable. I am so pleased that the company went ahead with the tour, in spite of the tragic events of March."
Christopher Barron, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Chief Executive said: "Following in-depth discussions with the company, the British Embassy and NBS, the tour was given the go ahead and 110 Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers and technicians as well as orchestra, physiotherapy and administrative staff toured. We were overwhelmed by the warm response given by the Japanese audience."
The tour included an additional fundraising gala performance at Tokyo's U-Port Hall on 17 May. The gala starred former BRB Principal Miyako Yoshida in The Dream and helped raise in excess of £10,000 for the Red Cross and its earthquake and tsunami relief fund.