The Birmingham Post website published an article today by writer Diane Parkes, who joined the Company out in Japan for part of the current tour.

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/theatre-in-birmingham/2011/05/20/birmingham-royal-ballet-s-eastern-promise-65233-28716467/

In the piece, our Director David Bintley discusses the impact that the recent disasters nearly had on the tour, but that the Company quickly resolved to proceed with the tour despite the difficulties.

He said: “There were a lot of question marks over the tour after the disaster and the ongoing situation at Fukushima but we were determined right from the outset to continue the tour as long as it was safe to do so. A lot of companies have cancelled their visits here and they are letting Japan down.

It quickly became clear we were not dealing with a Chernobyl situation and there were no plans to evacuate Tokyo. We were monitoring the situation very closely and quickly saw how the country was settling back down.

“From day one people in Japan were very keen to stress that they needed companies like ours to visit. It is good for Japan that we are seen to be supporting them.”

David, as well as Chief Executive Christopher Barron, also discussed the benefits of strengthening links between the two Companies, and their respective arts organisations.

You can read the full article here.

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