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Has anyone attended the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo?  I'd love to go one day and so it would be great to hear from anyone who has been for tips on the best places to stay, how to buy tickets securely, etc.  Thanks, Allison 

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Here are the dancers participating in this event.

https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2018/wbf/cast.html

 

And the schedule, tickets

https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2018/wbf/schedule.html

 

There is also 2 performances of full length Don Q (with Tokyo Ballet) in Tokyo and one in Osaka

https://www.nbs.or.jp/stages/2018/wbf_pro/

 

July 27th Myriam Ould Braham/Mathias Heymann

July 28th Alina Cojocaru/Cesar Colares

 

August  18th Osaka Festival Hall, Maria Alexandrova/Vladislav Lantratov

 

 Unfortunately not enough information in English, but you can purchase tickets or ask questions from here (by email)

https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/ticket/index.html

english@nbs.or.jp

 

Tickets are not for sale yet. 

 

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Thanks for your comments everyone.  Yes I had heard about the humidity and that's partly the reason for asking for hotel recommendations. 

 

Thanks also for the tip on emailing the box office direct with an order for tickets.

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Hotel fees are relatively cheap here, and also food and shopping thanks to the weak Yen. The venue Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is located in Ueno, where there is a zoo, several museums, parks. The venue is in front of Ueno Station and is very convenient. There are some hotels available in Ueno, and also Asakusa which is popular among tourists has many hotels. 

 

I live in Tokyo, but as a result I do not have enough knowledge of hotels here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask me via PM. 

 

A small video introducing this festival, with some comments from participating dancers.

 

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On social media DanceTours also announced the http://www.royalelegancenight.com taking place in Tokyo with Royal Ballet dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano, Ricardo Cervera, Alexander Campbell and Joseph Sissens.  Can't figure out the date. I don't know if this runs alongside the WBForum? 

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And information of the program of World Ballet Festival in English. Some more dancers are added.

 

https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2018/wbf/program.html

 

Tokyo does have a lot of ballet performances in the summer indeed, and the program for A Night of Royal Elegance is fabulous too. 

But please note it is really so hot and humid here if you plan a visit! 

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Has anyone on the Forum been fortunate enough to attend this event or read any reports about it? It is an impressive gathering of dancers including quite a few from our own companies from the present and past, The dancers take part in two programmes and include - Sarah Lamb and Frederico Bonelli, Melissa Hamilton (dancing with Roberto Bolle) , Tamara Rojo and Isaac Henandez, Alina  Cojocaru ( dancing with Johan Kobborg) plus Alessandra Ferri , Iana Salenko . 

I have posted a link to the two programmes which include extracts from works by several of our home-grown choreographers. It would be interesting to know how it was received.

https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2018/wbf/program.html

 

 

 

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Well that looks like fun - almost a reverse flower throw. Some of the artists seem to be really getting into the spirit and Roberto appears to have a ready supply of bandanas. Wouldn't it be brilliant if this festival was broadcast worldwide?

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