Madoka Kariya’s dance diary in Japan
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These days, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) performs almost as often abroad as it does in the Netherlands. For the first time in thirteen years, the company will perform once again in Japan. For NDT 1 dancer Madoka Kariya, who was born in Japan, this is a very special experience. At the request of Dans Magazine, she kept a diary.
June 9, Sunday
Today, the NDT 1 tour to Taiwan and Japan is already beginning for me. I’m leaving for a press conference in Tokyo with artistic director Paul Lightfoot. It feels strange because I usually travel with the entire company.
June 10, Monday
After an eleven-hour flight, we finally arrive in Tokyo. The rainy season has just started, so it is raining and it is very stormy. At tonight’s dinner, we will meet the Japanese delegate and international tour manager. I’m really looking forward to that! As a dancer, I don’t often have to opportunity to talk to the people and programmers who invite the company to perform shows abroad. It is interesting to hear about all of the preparations. I’m really looking forward to the tour!