Jete to Japan!

September 23, 2010

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday 23 September 2010


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Jeté to Japan!

The Australian Ballet to take off on its 31st international tour

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.

Touring a ballet company to Japan with two three-act ballets in tow is no mean feat.A touring party of 115 people from dancers to technical staff to physios and the wardrobe team will leave from the company’s Melbourne headquarters on Monday 4 October.Seven 40-foot-high shipping containers loaded with props, sets, make-up, leotards, tutus, pointe shoes and medical supplies set sail for Tokyo six weeks before the tour. Every single item must be cleared by customs, so impeccable planning is critical.For dancers who are used to spending six out of seven days in the studio, keeping blood flowing on a long haul flight is essential. Elevating legs so toes are pointing to the roof of the aircraft is the best kind of in-flight stretching.“You know you’re on a flight with a company of dancers when you see legs sprouting up from the seats in front of you!” McAllister said.

Tokyo, Bunka Kaikan
Swan Lake
9 – 11 October (3 performances)
Nutcracker – The Story of Clara
15 – 17 October (3 performances)

Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Arts Theatre
Swan Lake
21 October (1 performance)

Kindly supported by The Talbot Family Foundation.

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3 Responses to “Jete to Japan!”

  1. yvonne Says:

    Imagine those planes full of gorgeous Ballerina’s.
    Wish I was on their flight.

    come for a visit.

  2. Ballet News Says:

    yvonne – thanks !


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