|The Australian Ballet will depart for Japan on Monday 4 October to present two distinctly Australian ballets.The company’s 31st international tour will take two unique productions by Graeme Murphy to the grand theatres of Tokyo and Nagoya.Murphy’s brilliant Nutcracker – The Story of Clara will make its international debut while the stunning
Swan Lake returns for a triumphant encore season after a critically acclaimed Japan season in 2007.The company will perform seven shows – six in Tokyo and one in Nagoya.Artistic Director David McAllister, whose first overseas tour as a dancer was to Japan in 1987, said international demand for the company was high.
“This will be our sixth visit to Japan, and we can’t
wait to return,” McAllister said.
“We have developed a wonderful relationship with Japanese audiences who are hungry to see Australian ballet at its best.”
“To be performing on the world stage with two works that perfectly encapsulate our unique and diverse style is incredibly exciting – these ballets really showcase the strength and beauty of our dancers,” he said.
The Australian Ballet has enjoyed a long history of international touring. The company first spread its wings in 1965, just three years after its inception. Since then, the company has performed in 37 countries across five continents.
The 2010 tour will be The Australian Ballet’s first visit to Nagoya since 1996. The full company of dancers will perform Swan Lake in the magnificent Aichi Prefectural ArtsTheater while ballet fans in Tokyo will be treated to a choice of both Murphy works at the Bunka Kaikan.