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 Post subject: RDB on Tour - Japan - May 2009
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:25 pm 
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The company is performing in Japan this May, with 8 performances during the period May 15-30. The performances - four of Romeo & Juliet and four of Napoli, will take place in Tokyo and and Nishinomiya, which is near Osaka

çStor turné til Japan for Den Kongelige Ballet
Ved otte forestillinger i slutningen af maj får det japanske publikum mulighed for at opleve ballet i verdensklasse, når hele Den Kongelige Ballet indtager Tokyo og Nishinomiya i nærheden af Osaka. Fire gange opføres John Neumeiers Romeo og Julie, der i øjeblikket spilles for fulde huse her på Kongens Nytorv, og fire gange opføres Bournonvilles Napoli, der mere end noget andet er dansk ballets kronjuvel. Den Kongelige Ballet har tre gange tidligere besøgt Japan – senest i 2000 med et rent Bournonville repertoire bestående af Konservatoriet, Sylfiden, Napoli og Et Folkesagn.

En turne af denne kaliber er med til at konsolidere Den Kongelige Ballets internationale position og er dansk kultureksport i den helt store skala. Og uden et massivt sponsorat fra REPUBLIC OF Fritz Hansen havde det ikke været muligt at præsentere dansk ballet for et japansk publikum.

At kunne præsentere sin kunst for andre end det vante publikum er en vigtig udvik-lingsfaktor for Den Kongelige Ballet. Nikolaj Hübbe:
”Vores dans lever jo først og fremmest i mødet med publikum, og derfor er det altid en særlig oplevelse at optræde uden for hverdagens trygge rammer i København. Man ved aldrig, hvordan publikum vil reagere, og man oplever også, at de sociale koder er meget forskellige afhængige af, hvor man er i verden. I Japan er der således en stærk fankultur omkring Den Kongelige Ballet, som jeg er sikker på vil tage godt imod os.”

Hvor stor den danske delegation bliver denne gang, er endnu ikke fastlagt, men da Den Kongelige Ballet var af sted til Fjernøsten sidste gang i 2000, talte den danske kulturdelegation 140 personer, så det er en større logistisk opgave, der ligger for Turneafdelingen i dette forår. Planlægningen er allerede i fuld gang med udarbej-delse af lister og planer på alt fra kostumer til rejseplaner og visumansøgninger.


http://www.kglteater.dk/Aktuelt/Nyheder ... Japan.aspx


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:37 am 
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An announcement about a special performance - a new ballet by corps member Esther Lee Wilkins which involves soloist Tina Hojlund dancing around a chair (The Egg) designed by renowned Danish designer Arne Jacobsen:

EGG

By Esther Lee Wilkinson

Tokyo International Forum Plaza

Premiere | 14 May at 12:00 noon


A gift to the people of Japan from the Royal Danish Ballet

The day before the launch of the Royal Danish Ballet’s grand tour of Japan, the Royal Danish Ballet invites the citizens of Tokyo to witness the premiere of an entirely new ballet created especially for the inauguration of this magnificent cultural exchange between Japan and Denmark.


The full release in Danish:
Gave til det japanske folk fra Den Kongelige Ballet
Dagen før begyndelsen på Den Kongelige Ballets store turne i Japan inviterer Den Kongelige Ballet indbyggerne i Tokyo til overværelse af en premiere på en helt ny ballet skabt særligt til at fejre indledningen på denne storslåede kulturudveksling mellem Japan og Danmark.
Korpsdanser ved Den Kongelige Ballet Esther Lee Wilkinson har skabt balletten EGG, der danses af solist Tina Højlund i og omkring Arne Jacobsens stol, Ægget. Musikken er leveret af sanger og komponist Oh Land og kostumerne af Maja Brix, der er Henrik Gibskovs designer af dame kollektionen.
Så der står Made in Denmark over det hele, når japanerne på og omkring pladsen foran Tokyo International Forum på torsdag midt i frokosten får en helt enestående og yderst poetisk smagsprøve på ballet i verdensklasse.

Turneen til Japan er sponsoreret af REPUBLIC OF Fritz Hansen


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 5:48 pm 
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A little drama for the tour in Japan...

Apparently the rifles (or shotguns?) used to fire blanks in the last act of Napoli were confiscated upon entry to Japan. Japan has a total ban on the private ownership of firearms, so that's likely the issue at hand. Apparently, the guns are still stuck in customs, but the Japanese Performing Arts Foundation was able to find suitable replacements. However, they are still working out the situation with the confiscated weapons. From what I can understand, the current solution would not permit the weapons to be returned to Denmark - I'm guessing they would be destroyed as illegal imports. So they are currently working a solution to get the weapons into Japan so that proper certificates can be issued for their export and then import back into Denmark.

Seems to me that someone - either with the RDB, the shipping agency in Denmark or with the host in Japan should have a very red face. RDB has toured with Napoli before (to the US!), so they or the shipping company should be well aware of the special steps needed when shipping firearms. I feel for the RDB since this has probably added stress to the tour, but it seems like something that should have been entirely forseeable, and should have been dealt with long before the shipment left Denmark. I think ABT has brought Le Corsaire to Japan, and that production involves a gun firing blanks, so I wonder how they handled the situation?



Turne reddet
Den Kongelige Ballets forestillinger i Tokyo er blevet reddet af et fantastisk stykke benarbejde af Japanese Performing Arts Foundation. Det er nemlig lykkedes at finde tilsvarende våben, der ellers i mandags blev beslaglagt i tolden i Tokyo Havn.
Dermed vil de ca. 100 optrædende fra Den Kongelige Ballet som planlagt begynde deres optræden på teatret, Bunka Kaikan i Tokyo fredag aften.

Det er endnu uvist, hvad der kommer til at ske med de beslaglagte våben. De opbevares i øjeblikket i et særligt bevogtet varehus i Tokyo Havn hos det japanske toldvæsen. Der arbejdes på en løsning, men det forlyder, at man ikke kan få våbene med tilbage til Danmark igen, da det i så fald regnes som en eksport af våben, hvilket også kræver en særlig tilladelse. Derfor arbejdes der nu på i første omgang at få våbene ind i landet, da den efterfølgende eksport-tilladelse dermed skulle være lettere at opnå.

Fortsættelse følger...
Either RDB forgot to inform the shipper that there were guns in the containers, the shipper didn't bother to do the research/paperwork properly or they were misinformed by Japanese customs. Either way, I hope the company learns from this and makes SURE to thoroughly research customs regulations before setting out on tour.


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 5:50 pm 
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A story from an English language paper in Japan which previews the tour:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/ar ... Y14002.htm


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I heard that they also confiscated other items. They took the foils used in the R and J fight scenes, as well as the daggers with which Romeo and Juliette kill themselves. Hopefully they will all be shipped back to Denmark intact.


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