Scattered by Sharen Bradford
Greetings from the road!
We write this from a warm and beautiful Hong Kong where we are preparing to perform Scattered to sold out houses over 3 nights at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. As you can imagine – we’re hugely excited for the shows and we’ll be keeping you up to date with pictures, films and more over on our Facebook and Twitter pages so you don’t miss a moment of the tour! This weeks blog however is looking back on a week that we’ll never forget; our first trip to Japan! Our time there was truly a wonderful experience and we wanted to share with you our Top 10 things about Tokyo, so without further ado… let the countdown commence!
10. Sea Disney
With a day off before heading out to Hong Kong on thursday, dancers Danny, Luka and Ally took the opportunity to visit Sea Disney – one of the only Disney Theme Parks in the world that is not owned by The Walt Disney corporation. It is also one of the most expansive theme parks in the world, with rides, giant boats, water rapids and so much more -lots of fun was had by all!
At Sea Disney!
9. The Robot Restaurant
We’ve seen some truly amazing things in our time travelling the globe but this restaurant with it’s stunning performances and interactive robots will be hard to beat – we left wondering whether we could convince Kevin into using robots in the next show we make, hehe!
The Robot Restaurant was amazing!
8. Fish Markets
Jo, Becci, Junior and Chris all enjoyed wondering around the Fish Markets in the early morning and checking out some of the more unusual catches that had been bought in!
Fish Markets in the early hours.
7. Tokyo Tower
We were all suitably impressed with Tokyo tower which is the second tallest structure in Japan. The towers design was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, though it is noticeably brighter – after asking around we managed to find out that its orange and white appearance is not decorative and is actually to comply with air traffic regulations!
6. The Food
In previous blogs we’ve talked about how the dancers get the most out of their diets to make sure they can withstand the physically demanding nature of the shows and with 5 Scattered shows in 3 short days – our diet was extra important! We’ve been treated to some of the most delicious local delicacies and foods that definitely helped us keep our energy levels up – yum!
Dinner is served!
5. Japanese Culture
“I have always wanted to go to Japan and to make the journey with our work was a dream. I can honestly say that Tokyo has been one of my favourite places to play. It made me want to go back and spend time there researching material for a show. We all found the people, the culture and the city so stimulating; I would love to find an opportunity to collaborate in Japan (adding it to my wish list!) We are all hoping that we will have the opportunity to take Broken there and further develop our relationship with this amazing city. Who knows what the future might bring..!” – Kevin Finnan
Becci and Junior investigate Saki and Harajuku
Traditional Kimonos and stunning architecture.
Martina particularly enjoyed exploring the local shrines and learning more about the Culture surrounding them. For anyone visiting Tokyo, we recommend visiting the Meiji jingu shrine and Senso-ji temple which are two stunning examples of Japanese architecture.
Senso-ji temple and Meiji jingu Temple
Junior on the way to rehearse!
3. The Venue
The Blue Theatre in Roppongi was originally built to house the Blue Man Group’s lengthy Tokyo residency (nearly 1,500 shows in total – wow!) and can seat up to 900 people. Now the theatre prides itself on housing productions that are unusual or out of the ordinary – a perfect fit for Scattered! It’s a beautiful space that provided a much welcomed (and air conditioned!) place to rehearse and perform.
Just two of the wonderful crew!
2. The People
From the moment a tour to Tokyo was first mentioned we’ve been privileged to work alongside a truly fantastic team who have made sure that our Japanese premiere was a resounding success. From the team at IMG Asia to the technical crew in the venue, everyone has worked incredibly hard and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make the show a hit!
Thank you Tokyo!
1. The Response.
“Tokyo was a fantastic cultural experience. I was really proud to take our work there. The Blue Theatre has a beautiful stage and terrific sound system so the show looked really great onstage. The Tokyo audience were respectful, warm and attentive and the promoters were truly fantastic. I could not have wished for a better introduction to Japan. Thank you!”
So that’s all from us for now! You can see more from the Robot Restaurant, Sea Disney and our other adventures in Tokyo in this fab video that dancer Luka has made, by clicking here. We’re heading back to rehearsals here in Hong Kong, until next time…
Love from us all on the road and in the office! X