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Monday, 10th October 2011
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Ballerina to dance for Japanese relief

A world renowned French ballet dancer with an affinity to Japan is launching a tour to raise funds for the relief effort following the March 11th disaster.

Sylvie Guillem, who first came to Tokyo in 1981 at the age of 16, has revealed her Hope Japan tour will arrive at Tokyo Bunka on October 19th and will be followed by an array of performances between the 22nd and 30th of the month, the Japan Times reported.

Since Guillem first set her toes on Japanese soil, she has felt a strong connection to the country and even suggested people welcome her "home" when she arrives on its shores.

The ballerina has been a top-ranking female dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet and explained why she felt it was important to launch the tour.

She told the news provider: "A gala is good because it will bring more money and help the people who are in need.

"It is important to let the Japanese artists express their pain and sorrow. In Tokyo, there are so many artists in different fields who perhaps have not yet had the chance to help."

A nationwide tour will commence on October 31st for two weeks.

Posted by Susan Ballion