The company are in Japan touring for 4 weeks. Our first destination is Tokyo at the Bunka Kaikan theatre in Ueno. This will be my 5th visit to this theatre and although it's half way across the world from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden it does feel like my second home (theatre wise) !! I love this theatre and I want to show you an up close look at what goes on behind the curtain when we tour!
By the side of the stage is where the crew keep all the props and it's where we have our quick costume change area. Also very special to this theatre- all the visiting companies since the 70's have left signed posters which they have hung up. It's full of history and looks beautiful and artists have signed their names on the walls too. Mine is up there!
As there is only one studio at the theatre we either do class in that studio or on stage. If I can, I always choose option 'stage'
When we are warming up our bodies, the costume team are busy getting our costumes ready for the show. Ironing, steaming, a whole list, and leave our hats and jewellery out for us to grab before we go on stage.
Physio room has been set up at the theatres 'orchestra room' ! Our Physio team are alway very busy on tour, our bodies suffer quite bit on a long haul flight with swelling of tendons or back and neck problems. To prepare ourselves to dance again we need 30 mins with one of the team.
If we are not dancing, eating, having Physio,or getting ready for the show, then we are looking for Internet!
Changing rooms are 'cosy' and we make use of all the space!
Its hot and muggy in Tokyo and you dehydrate very quickly which tends to tire the body more.
The audiences in Tokyo have been INCREDIBLE !! The applause we get throughout the show is like nothing else and I have to say it really does lift your game! The turnout outside stage door is pretty insane too. We dancers sign autographs and pose for pictures. Couldn't quite believe how many fans knew this website, and follow me on social media. I have been showered by gifts, i'm so grateful.
Dedicating this blog to my great fans in Tokyo! Thank you so much for welcoming us dancers to your wonderful country!