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Eloise Fryer

How did it feel to perform onstage in Tokyo?
I kept pinching myself and asking how lucky I am to be in The Australian Ballet alongside such amazing dancers, in Japan, on the biggest stage I’ve ever seen, with an incredible orchestra playing the beautiful Tchaikovsky score. So, so lucky!

What did you do on your day off while on tour?
We explored Tokyo. I joined Amy, Halaina, Robyn and Fiona and we searched for Yumiko, an amazing dancewear brand, and went crazy. It was so exciting. I’ve been holding off buying leotards all year in anticipation of buying them at Yumiko.

The most memorable moment while on tour?
After the last performance of Swan Lake we all dressed up and were driven to an amazing dinner party held by Mr Sasaki at his house (which is also where Tokyo Ballet Company operates).
Mr Sasaki’s house is jaw-dropping. Every inch is filled with ballet-related ornaments, furniture and wallpaper. It was like a snapshot of Versailles! We were served a three-course meal, dessert and a huge cake decorated with The Australian Ballet’s logo! A night I will never forget!

How did it feel when the curtain came down on the final performance of the tour?
Everyone was so happy when the curtain came down! It was a very successful tour; I was very ready to go home, though. Nothing can replace Melbourne!



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