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On Sunday afternoon the final curtain came down on performances of Swan Lake here in Tokyo.

Capacity audiences were ecstatic with the world-class performances given by the company over three days here at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, as displayed by the masses of ballet fans waiting at stage door following curtain down waiting for autographs and photos.

As the dry ice faded and the towering gothic set was dismantled, the magical starry skies of Cinderella were being erected leading us to opening night tonight!

Final rehearsals are taking place on stage as we speak and last minute preparations are being put in place by the costume, wigs and shoes departments.

Take a look at some of the final touches in the gallery below…





Over 20 hours since departing our Birmingham home, the Birmingham Royal Ballet company arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday evening.

After a day of adjusting to the eight hour time difference, we are now populating the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan theatre with hundreds of costumes, wigs and shoes as well as scenery filling the docks and rehearsals taking place throughout the building.

Add to that photos and interviews with the Japanese press and its safe to say that the company are back to working flat out ahead of the opening performance on Sunday.

Full run-throughs begin tonight with a piano rehearsal as we progress to the general rehearsal in costume and makeup with a full orchestra tomorrow evening…updates to follow! In the meantime, take a look around backstage of our Tokyo home (look out for some vintage signed BRB posters…)

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

Birmingham Royal Ballet on twitter