Birmingham Royal Ballet has confirmed that it will go ahead with next month’s International tour to Japan, with an additional Benefit Performance at Tokyo’s U-port Hall venue for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.

Director David Bintley, who was in Japan during the disaster, said:

‘On the afternoon of 11 March 2011, I was rehearsing the dancers of the National Ballet of Japan in my ballet Take Five, part of the Company’s latest programme, due to premiere the following Saturday. The devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred that day and the resulting tragic plight of the Japanese people echoed around the world. Music, singing and dancing, which can so often bring joy and happiness to the spirit, seemed inappropriate, and the New National along with most theatres in Tokyo closed its doors as the people of Japan began to count the cost of the tragedy visited upon them.

‘Two months later, with Japan facing its future with a bravery and stoicism that has become the admiration of the world, I am proud to be bringing Birmingham Royal Ballet to Japan as part of the cultural and spiritual healing of this great nation. We hope that our performances of Sir Peter Wright’s classic production of The Sleeping Beauty and Sir Frederick Ashton’s warm and wonderful masterpieces The Dream and Daphnis and Chloë will bring joy and light to our Japanese audiences and provide them with some respite from their current difficulties.’

Birmingham Royal Ballet will also welcome special two guests during the tour. Former Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet Principal Miyako Yoshida will dance alongside Company Principal César Morales in two performances of The Dream in Tokyo, 27 and 29 May. Tamara Rojo will guest in two performances of The Sleeping Beauty in Tokyo, 21 and 22 May, partnered by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Iain Mackay.

You can see a short clip of Miyako Yoshida in this video about Peter Wright’s work on our classical productions: