An update on our arrival in Tokyo from Simon Harper, Media and PR Manager:

Saturday 21 May and the first two performances of The Sleeping Beauty at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall played to full and enthusiastic houses (2300 people for each performance!). Following the first performance, company members made their way out of theatre to find a huge crowd waiting for them at the stage door. Many dancers signed programmes and met members of the audience who all expressed their delight that Birmingham Royal Ballet had gone ahead with the tour.

Amongst those dancers signing autographs were Iain Mackay and guest Principal Tamara Rojo (Tamara and Iain danced the roles of Aurora and Florimund this afternoon) with Alexander Campbell and Victoria Marr also happy to meet their fans.

Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao danced the principal roles for the later performance today and once again, an eager, satisfied crowd waited for them, and other cast members, post show. Both shows received rapturous applause from audiences that were clearly enthralled by the company’s presence in Japan.

Between shows it was a quick turnaround for the technical crew to pre-set, for the company to grab something to eat and for Marion to hit a few poses for the blog camera!

Tomorrow sees one more performance of The Sleeping Beauty at Bunka Kaikan before we make our way to Osaka on Monday morning…