Looking forward to “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”YONEZAWA Yui & IZAWA Shun Principal Dancers of the National Ballet of Japan
- Yonezawa & Izawa) Hello, I’m YONEZAWA Yui. I’m IZAWA Shun. Thank you for supporting us.
- 【What we like about the New National Theatre】
- Izawa) It’s Japan’s only national theatre for ballet, it has a wonderful atmosphere, and the dancers and staff are all really great to work with.
Yonezawa) I love this theatre. Looking at the sight of the Opera House across the Pond, especially at night, always takes my breath away.
- 【Memorable productions】
- Izawa) When performing as Johann in “La Chauve-Souris”, that was the first time I understood the attraction of acting. I had previously enjoyed dancing, but by performing a character totally different from my own, I found out the joy of acting.
Yonezawa) I learned some important lesson when I first danced in “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet”. After each performance of “Romeo and Juliet”, I felt as if I had somehow returned to reality from totally another world that I just felt stunned for some time. Even now I can’t put it properly into words, but for me it was an intensely powerful production.
- 【What we are looking forward to in 2018】
- Izawa) I’m really looking forward to be performing in the “Swan Lake” for the first time. As a very well-known classic, my challenge is how to become a true prince. Also, although it will be my second time to perform in “The Tales of Hoffmann”, I would like to overcome the issues I had last time; both physically and technically.
Yonezawa) I’m looking forward to “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” which I will perform at the start of next season. The choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is a person who conveys very clear message of how he wants us to dance. I only had a very brief moment with him so far but he has already inspired me and made me want to dance in his production. I saw the production by the Royal Ballet when they toured it to Tokyo. It was gorgeous and enjoyable, and I am very much looking forward to be in our production.