Ice shows produced by Yuzuru Hanyu

Japanese figure skater and two-time Olympic champion, Yuzuru Hanyu, has produced five ice shows in the course of his career. The first one, titled Continues with Wings, was held in April 2018 at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo. It was a special three-day event to celebrate his back-to-back wins at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics and pay tribute to the skaters who had supported and influenced him.

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Yuzuru Hanyu at the exhibition gala of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
Hanyu skating to "Notte Stellata" that inspired the ice show of the same name
Yuzuru Hanyu article series
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In 2022, Hanyu launched his professional skating career and became the first figure skater to produce a solo ice show, with no other guest skaters in the line-up. His first solo show Prologue was held in November at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama and December at Flat Hachinohe, lasting 90 minutes with skating at the athletic level of competition programs. The show was directed in collaboration with Japanese choreographer Mikiko. The broadcast of the Hachinohe show on CS TV Asahi won the Grand Prize in the category "best relay broadcast" at the 13th JSBA Original Programs Awards [ja].

His second solo show Gift, presented in February 2023, was the first skating event to be held at Tokyo Dome, one of Japan's largest and most prestigious entertainment venues, in front of a record ice show audience of 35,000 spectators. Hanyu performed a total of 12 programs in a span of 150 minutes, another record, accompanied by the dance group Elevenplay, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a live band led by Satoshi Takebe. On July 14, 2023, the show was distributed worldwide on the subscription channel Disney+. The Repray Tour, a sequel to Gift, was scheduled with three stops across Japan from November 2023 to February 2024, produced and directed by Hanyu and Mikiko. It marks the first solo show tour production in figure skating.

In March 2023, a special commemoration event of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami with the title Yuzuru Hanyu Notte Stellata was held at Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Rifu, Miyagi, featuring a cast of international professional skaters as well as three-time Olympic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura, merging the sports of figure skating and artistic gymnastics to a new performing art genre.

Continues with Wings 2018 edit

 
Side view of the stage at Continues with Wings in the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Chōfu, Tokyo

Continues with Wings (コンティニューズ・ウィズ・ウィングス, stylized as 'Continues ~with Wings~') was Yuzuru Hanyu's first self-produced ice show, organized in collaboration with CIC Co., Ltd. and TV Asahi, and was held at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Chōfu, Tokyo, on April 13–15, 2018. It was a one-off event to celebrate Hanyu's win of back-to-back Olympic titles in 2014 and 2018, and to express his gratitude to fans and skaters who had inspired and supported him in the course of his career.[1][2]

The show lasted 2.5 hours and was directed by Hanyu,[3] featuring a mix of exhibition programs as well as multiple talk rounds between Hanyu and the invited skaters. Each guest was introduced with a personal video message by Hanyu.[4][5] Due to his recuperation from an ankle injury, he was not initially scheduled to perform. However, at the end of the show, he gave a surprise performance with a medley of past competition programs, skipping jump elements due to the injury.[1][6] The show finale was arranged by Hanyu's former choreographers Jeffrey Buttle and Shae-Lynn Bourne to the song "Time to Say Goodbye", performed by the full cast.[7]

Besides Buttle and Bourne, the cast featured Hanyu's skating idols Evgeni Plushenko and Johnny Weir, five-time Japanese national champion Minoru Sano who had introduced Hanyu and his sister to figure skating,[4]: 2  and Hanyu's former training mate Takahito Mura who helped him to master the triple Axel jump, which later became one of Hanyu's signature elements.[4] Eventually, the cast included two-time European champions in pair skating, Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kavaguti, whose move from Japan to Russia encouraged Hanyu to challenge a skating career abroad as well, moving from Sendai to Toronto, Canada, in 2012. Like Hanyu, Sano and Kavaguti were both trained by Japanese coach Shōichirō Tsuzuki [ja].[4]: 2  The two-time World champions Stéphane Lambiel and Javier Fernández were not able to attend the event in person, but sent video messages to Hanyu that were shown on screen in the arena.[7]

The venue was sold out on all three days of the show,[2] with a capacity of 9,000 seats and ticket prices ranging from 6,000 to 18,000 yen ($57–171 as of 2018).[3][8] The last day was screened live in 66 movie theaters nationwide and aired live on the Japanese subscription channel CS TV Asahi.[9][2][5] On May 6, 2022, Continues with Wings was rebroadcast on the channel as part of the program special "Golden Week Figure Skating".[10] The event was sponsored by the cleaning and skin care company P&G as well as the Japanese airline ANA among others.[3]

Programs performed at Continues with Wings (first half)[7][11]
No. Skater Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
1 Johnny Weir "Ave Maria"
2 Takahito Mura The Phantom of the Opera
3 Jeffrey Buttle "For Forever"
4 Minoru Sano "The Heart of Budapest"
5 Kawaguti / Smirnov Manfred Symphony
6 Shae-Lynn Bourne "Bom Bom"
7 Evgeni Plushenko Tribute to Nijinsky
Programs performed at Continues with Wings (second half)[7][11]
No. Skater Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
8 Takahito Mura The Beauty and the Beast
9 Kawaguti / Smirnov "Bubbly Dance"
10 Jeffrey Buttle "Better to Be Loved"
11 Johnny Weir Beyoncé Medley
12 Evgeni Plushenko "Tango Amore"
13 Yuzuru Hanyu From Russia With Love Mission: Impossible II "Sing, Sing, Sing"
14 Zigeunerweisen Étude in D-sharp minor Romeo + Juliet
15 Ballade No. 1 (step sequence) "Parisienne Walkways" Seimei (choreo sequence)

Prologue 2022 edit

 
Front view of the ice rink at the Prologue show in Yokohama

Prologue (プロローグ) was Hanyu's first ice show since the launch of his professional skating career,[12][13] organized in partnership with TV Asahi and CIC Co., Ltd.[14] It was held in two cities, at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on November 4–5 and the Flat Hachinohe on December 2–3, and 5, 2022.[15] The show was produced and directed by Hanyu in collaboration with Japanese choreographer Mikiko, who had previously worked with the Japanese pop trio Perfume among others.[16]: 2  Tsugaru-shamisen player Kōki Nakamura co-starred as a guest artist and performed live with Hanyu to the song "Change [ja]" from Monkey Majik and the Yoshida Brothers.[17]: 3  The title Prologue was selected by Hanyu, marking the beginning of his professional career.[17]

Prologue is the first solo ice show to be produced in figure skating,[18] with Hanyu as the only scheduled skater, which is an unusual approach compared to established show formats.[19][20] The first major era of ice shows, headlined by Ice Follies and Ice Capades from the 1930s to 1980s, typically featured large skating ensembles inspired by ballet and theater. Since the late 1980s, ice shows experienced a shift towards smaller casts with elite international skaters, including multiple Olympic and world champions.[21] However, a solo ice show of 90 minutes was considered impractical due to the physical limits of skating and performing for a longer period.[20][22]: 2  Hanyu's preparations included a significant improvement of his stamina, five practice run-throughs of the full show, and a new approach to commitment and pacing,[23][24] stating: "I'm used to emptying the tank for one skate. I've never thought about heading back out immediately after. But I managed to add the strength and stamina I needed to get through it all."[12] Three-time world champion Patrick Chan from Canada expressed his respect for Hanyu's accomplishment: "Just one person, without any group dancing in the middle? How is that possible? I think, Yuzu is the only person in the world who can do that. It's unbelievable stamina."[25]: 1–2

 
Hanyu performing to Romeo + Juliet in 2011

According to Hanyu, the priority at Prologue was to adapt to the new show format and get through the planned content without injuries or overstrain.[19][26] He performed eight to ten programs on one day,[23][26] some of them being trimmed in length and technical content to match his physical capacity.[17]: 2  His free skate program Romeo + Juliet was arranged as a split performance, with the first half being screened as a recording from the 2011–12 Grand Prix Final and the second half skated live in the arena.[20][22]: 2  Another challenge was the limited number of breaks for recovery.[22][26] He bridged the time between his programs with a "talk corner", answering selected questions from fans, and a live voting round, with the audience choosing a program for Hanyu to skate on each day.[16][24] In addition, a series of video segments was shown on screen, featuring scenes of Hanyu's childhood and competitive career.[17][23]

Unlike most ice shows where skaters perform in a dimly lit arena,[16] Hanyu opened Prologue at full lighting with an unconventional six-minute warm-up session and a four-minute version of his Olympic free skate program Seimei, reproducing the setting and atmosphere of a competition.[27][28] Despite the physical strain of a 90-minute solo show, the program featured two quadruple jumps and three triple Axels, a technical merit that exceeded the difficulty of a common exhibition performance.[20][29]: 2  The show setting allowed Hanyu to circumvent the repetition rules of figure skating competitions and include more than two triple Axel jumps in his program.[17]: 2 [29]: 2  Also notable was the implementation of projection mapping in two programs,[13] directed by choreographer Mikiko. The skating was filmed from a distant, aerial perspective, being captured together with the projected text elements and images.[27] Hanyu used this technology in his performances to "Haru yo, koi [ja]" and his new, self-choreographed program to "Itsuka owaru yume" (lit.'A dream that ends one day') from the soundtrack of the video game Final Fantasy X.[17]: 5 [28] The choreography was motivated by Hanyu's practice cool-down routines, which enjoy great popularity among fans.[17]: 4 [27]

The show received universal praise among Japanese media,[22][30] who pointed out Hanyu's ability to skate full shows at high quality and technical difficulty, making no major mistakes on multiple days,[17]: 5  which earned him standing ovations from the audience.[13][28] Writer Takaomi Matsubara from the magazine Sports Graphic Number named Prologue a new milestone in professional skating.[22] The show was sold out on all five days,[15][31] with prices ranging from 15,000 to 25,000 yen ($107–178 as of 2022) and tickets being distributed by lottery sale.[14] The Pia Arena MM in Yokohama accommodated 7,900 viewers, the Flat Hachinohe 3,000.[28][32] Due to the small venue capacity and high ticket demand for the Hachinohe shows, an additional third show on December 5 was added to the initial schedule.[15][33] The final days of the two stops were screened live in movie theaters nationwide,[15][31] with 81 participating cinemas for the Hachinohe show. In addition, they were aired live on CS TV Asahi, leading to a significant increase in subscribers on the Japanese television channel.[14][30] In June 2023, the broadcast of the Hachinohe show was awarded the Grand Prize in the category "relay broadcast" at the 13th JSBA Original Programs Awards [ja].[34] The event was sponsored by Kosé, Nishikawa Co., Ltd. as well as the food and biotechnology corporation Ajinomoto. The show in Yokohama received special sponsorship from Towa Pharmaceutical.[14]

Programs performed at Prologue
No. Yokohama Hachinohe
Day 1[35] Day 2[36] Day 3[36] Day 4[36] Day 5[24]
1 Seimei
2 "Change [ja]" (live with Kōki Nakamura)
3 "Let's Go Crazy" "Let's Go Crazy" "Otoñal" Étude in D-sharp minor "Otoñal"
"Hana ni nare"
4 Spartacus "Hello, I Love You" Mission: Impossible II "Somebody to Love" "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Étude in D-sharp minor
5 Romeo + Juliet
6 "Itsuka owaru yume" (directed by Mikiko)
7 "Haru yo, koi [ja]" (directed by Mikiko)
8 "Parisienne Walkways" (step sequence) "Parisienne Walkways"
From Russia with Love

Gift – Ice Story 2023 edit

 
Outdoor view of Tokyo Dome on the day of the show, with a preview of Gift shown on screen

Gift (full title stylized as 'GIFT – Ice Story 2023') was Hanyu's second solo ice show, performed on February 26, 2023, at Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo.[37][38] The one-off event was again produced and directed by Hanyu in collaboration with choreographer Mikiko.[39] The duration was extended from 90 to 150 minutes with an additional 40-minute intermission, using more advanced technology than at the previous show Prologue.[40][41] According to Hanyu, Gift was designed with a narrative character, portraying his "life and future on ice".[42][43] The show was constructed as a "journey through the worlds of his personality" with focus on dreams and the motif of lonesomeness.[44] Hanyu expressed his hope that Gift could provide a "place to return to whenever people find themselves alone."[38] He further explained: "The story is the main subject, and my programs exist within the story with various meanings. The programs are like a picture book, where you can watch the skating as if you were coming to appreciate a story."[19][45]: 1 The show's story was announced to be released as a print book written by Hanyu with illustrations by the Japanese mangaka group Clamp who are internationally known for Card Captor Sakura among other works.[42][46]

Gift marked the first time that a figure skater performed and an ice rink was set up at Tokyo Dome, one of Japan's largest multipurpose venues with a maximum capacity of 55,000 seats.[19][45] It was constructed as a baseball stadium, home to the Yomiuri Giants, but it also serves as a concert venue, with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, U2, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars among past guest artists. Hanyu expressed his hope to "change how people perceive figure skating [with his show] at Tokyo Dome."[37] The Olympics' official news site called Hanyu's programs at Gift "performances for the ages", noting that it was "more a concert for a blockbuster artist than an ice show."[41] At the venue, a mobile rink was set up with a surface of 60 m × 30 m, the standard rink size at figure skating competitions.[47][48] For the narration and performances, a special screen was installed behind the rink, larger in size than the one used during baseball matches.[41] In charge of the direction, projection mapping, and special effects was Mikiko in collaboration with the company Rhizomatiks. Among the guest artists were the Japanese dance group Elevenplay as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and a Gift special band led by music producer Satoshi Takebe.[43][48]: 1–2 

 
Hanyu skating to Seimei at the 2018 Winter Olympics

In the show, Hanyu performed a total of twelve skating programs, among them shortened versions of his world record programs Hope and Legacy, Ballade No. 1, and Seimei.[49] He also presented two new programs to Joe Hisaishi's music piece "One Summer's Day" from the movie Spirited Away and to the song "Ashura-chan" by Japanese pop singer Ado.[50]: 3  In both performances Hanyu was accompanied by Elevenplay.[48]: 2  He concluded the first half with a six-minute warm-up and challenge of his short program from the 2022 Winter Olympics to Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.[50]: 3  At the Olympics, after getting caught in a hole in the ice, Hanyu had turned his opening quad Salchow jump into a single, which was a factor in missing out on a medal in his final Winter Games.[48]: 2  At Gift, he gave a solid performance with the same technical difficulty as in 2022, landing both planned quads and a triple Axel. Overall, he landed six successful quadruple jumps in the first half of the show as well as multiple triple Axels in the second half, surpassing the technical merit of his previous show Prologue.[47] In the finale, Satoshi Takebe presented a new music piece titled "Gift" on the piano, which he had composed exclusively for the show.[48]: 3 

The 2015 World champion, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva from Russia, was stunned by Hanyu's physical capacity and pointed out his great popularity in Japan, which in her opinion was a key to the production of the show:[51]: 1[52]

I think, [a show like this] could only take place in Japan and only with Yuzuru Hanyu because he is somewhat of a deity there. He is admired by millions of people, he is an immensely popular figure skater. I have no idea how he pulled this off and survived. It is incredibly difficult! Even three programs in a show are physically very challenging to skate already, but performing for three hours on end ... It is really cool, however, I am not [that type of skater] and I couldn't cope with it myself, I think. Could such a show format be used in Russia? I am not sure. We have loads of top-class skaters, but I can't single out anyone who would be able to do the same thing.

Prior to the event, critics such as the Japanese evening newspaper Nikkan Gendai had voiced concerns regarding the size of the venue among other issues.[53] However, despite the large capacity and prices ranging from 23,100 to 27,500 yen ($177–210 as of 2023), tickets were distributed by lottery sale, and the number of applications exceeded the available ticket quota in the first lottery round, with multiple fans missing out on a chance to attend the show.[54] On December 20, 2022, the hashtag #東京ドーム全滅 (lit.'Tokyo Dome Annihilation') made it to the top trends on the social media platform Twitter.[55] By February 12, 2023, the venue was sold out with seats for 35,000 spectators,[49][56] a new record for an ice show audience,[18][50] and sales exceeded an estimated total of 1 billion yen.[57][note 1] According to the Olympics, the global accessibility and live streaming of Gift was on an "unprecedented scale for a figure skating event" as well.[59] The show was screened live at 84 movie theaters in Japan and also at cinemas overseas in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, with 30,000 visitors in total.[47][60] In addition, the event was aired live on the subscription streaming platforms Disney+ in Japan and Globe Coding by Live Viewing Japan Inc. worldwide.[61][62] In total, Gift attracted 100,000 fans.[63] To accommodate demand, the show was rescreened on the following day at movie theaters in Japan.[64] On July 14, 2023, a remastered version of the show was distributed on Disney+ worldwide.[65] The event received special sponsorship from the Japanese multinational cosmetics and skin care company Kosé.[66] Other sponsors included Phiten, Towa Pharmaceutical, and real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan.[58]

Programs performed at Gift (first half)[49]
No. Program
1 The Firebird
2 Hope and Legacy
3 "One Summer's Day"
4 Ballade No. 1 in G minor
5 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Programs performed at Gift (second half)[49]
No. Program
6 "Let Me Entertain You"
7 "Ashura-chan"
8 Phantom of the Opera
9 "Itsuka owaru yume"
10 "Notte Stellata (The Swan)"
11 "Haru yo, koi [ja]"
12 Seimei (choreo sequence)

Yuzuru Hanyu Notte Stellata 2023 edit

 
Side view of the rink on the first day of Yuzuru Hanyu Notte Stellata at Sekisui Heim Super Arena

Yuzuru Hanyu Notte Stellata (羽生結弦 notte stellata) was an ice show presented on March 10–12, 2023, at Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Rifu, Miyagi,[67][68] organized by Nippon TV and its local station Miyagi TV.[69] It was a commemoration event for the 12th anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, also known as the "Great East Japan Earthquake" or "3.11",[67][70] that cost 19,759 people's lives in north-east Japan.[71] It was Hanyu's first self-produced ensemble show since the launch of his professional career,[67] featuring a cast of international professional skaters with Jason Brown, Shae-Lynn Bourne-Turok, Satoko Miyahara, Akiko Suzuki, Keiji Tanaka, Takahito Mura, Rika Hongo, and hula hoop skater Violetta Afanasieva.[69][70] The cast also included Japanese gymnast and three-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, merging the sports of artistic gymnastics and figure skating for the first time.[72][73] Canadian David Wilson created the choreography for the show.[74]

The title "notte stellata" (lit.'starry night' in Italian) was inspired by Hanyu's Olympic exhibition program to the song "Notte Stellata (The Swan)" from the operatic pop trio Il Volo,[75] which reflected Hanyu's memories of the disaster.[70][76] On March 11, 2011, he was practicing at his home rink in Sendai, when the earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan. Hanyu spent the following days at an evacuation center with his family, experiencing a blackout on the night of the disaster: "It turned pitch black just like that and the electricity was out. It was so dark in the city, but I remember thinking how bright the stars were then. I want this to be about everyone's remembrance of 3.11, like what they thought when they were looking up at the sky that evening. I want this to be an opportunity to bring people together."[76][77] At Notte Stellata, for the first time in his career, Hanyu got the opportunity to perform in front of an audience on March 11 to commemorate the events and pay tribute to the victims of the earthquake.[76]

 
Hanyu performing to the song "Notte Stellata"

Each show lasted 90 minutes,[69] and they were opened by Hanyu with a performance to "Notte Stellata", followed by a group performance of the cast and individual programs by the invited skaters. The first half was concluded with a collaboration between Hanyu on the ice and Kohei Uchimura on the floor to the music piece "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis.[78][79] The two athletes were taking turns in performing, Hanyu presenting multiple jumps and a cartwheel,[67] and Uchimura showing four consecutive whips with a layout somersault among other elements. They finished the program with a synchronized sit spin and double leg circle rotation as well as a side-by-side quad toe loop and double twisting back layout.[79] For Uchimura's pommel horse exercises, a mushroom trainer was installed in front of the floor apparatus.[67] The second half of the show was opened with a group number by Hongo, Suzuki, Bourne-Turok, and Mura to the song "Dynamite" from the K-pop band BTS.[80]: 2  During the program, a dance performance of Hanyu was shown on screen and on the ice surface using projection mapping technology.[72][78] A total of 20 programs was performed,[81] closing with Hanyu's exhibition program to "Haru yo, koi", in which he expressed his thoughts on the reconstruction,[82] and a group skate to "Kibōno uta" (lit.'Song of hope') by Misia in the show finale.[81]

The Sekisui Heim Super Arena is located in Rifu near Hanyu's hometown of Sendai and served as a morgue at the time of the disaster in 2011.[83][84] The venue was sold out with an attendance of 6,000 spectators per day,[67][68] and tickets were again distributed by lottery sale with prices ranging from 15,000 to 29,000 yen ($111–214 as of 2023).[69] All three days of the show were screened live at movie theaters in Japan as well as overseas in Hong Kong and Taiwan.[80]: 4  In addition, they were aired live nationally on the subscription streaming platform Hulu Japan,[67] and were broadcast on CS Nittele Plus on March 31, 2023. An extended version with behind-the-scenes footage was broadcast on April 23 on the same channel.[85] DVD and Blu-Ray disc for the show are scheduled to be released on February 9, 2024.[86] The event was sponsored by Kose's skincare and cosmetics brand Sekkisei, Towa Pharmaceutical, and the Japanese travel agency JTB.[69]

Programs performed by Hanyu at Notte Stellata[78][83]
No. Program
1 "Notte Stellata (The Swan)"
2 "Conquest of Paradise" (live with Kohei Uchimura)
3 "Dynamite" (with show cast)
4 "Haru yo, koi [ja]"

Repray Tour 2023–24 edit

 
Audience view on the first day of the Repray Tour at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City

The Repray Tour (full title stylized as 'Yuzuru Hanyu ICE STORY 2nd →RE_PRAY← TOUR') was the first solo ice show tour in figure skating,[29][note 2] produced and directed by Yuzuru Hanyu in collaboration with choreographer Mikiko, organized in partnership with TV Asahi and CIC Co., Ltd.[88][89] It was a sequel to Hanyu's second solo show Gift from February 2023, scheduled with three tour stops between November 2023 and February 2024. The first show was held on November 4 and 5 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City,[88][90] one of the most prestigious venues in competitive skating, having hosted three World Championships in 2014, 2019, and 2023 among others.[91] The tour concluded with stops at the newly built Saga Arena [ja], opened on May 13, 2023 in Saga City on the Japanese island Kyushu, on January 12 and 14, and Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on February 17 and 19, where Hanyu's first solo show Prologue was held in November 2022.[88][92]

The lead theme of the show was the contrasting characteristics of the gaming world and the real world and their value for people's lives: "A life that can only be lived once, a game that can be played over and over again—I believe that there are many important things that can only be found in each of these two contradictory lives. The essential aspects of both will be entrusted to words and skating."[29][90]: 1 Hanyu performed 12 programs per day with the shows having a duration of two and a half hours each, levelling the skating content of Gift.[93] He debuted three new programs to the songs "Gate of Living" by Japanese musician Ringo Sheena, "Megalovania" from the role-playing video game Undertale by American indie developer Toby Fox, and "The Darkness of Eternity" from the game Final Fantasy IX.[94] The program "Megalovania" was preceded by a unique skating segment performed in silence with only the sound of the blades to be heard.[95] Similar to Gift, the first half was concluded by a 6-minute warm-up session, followed by a performance to "The Darkness of Eternity", which featured a quad Salchow, quad toe loop as well as a triple Axel-Euler-triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow 5-jump combination that has not been landed in competition.[96][97]

The performances were all sold out by lottery with 14,000 spectators in Saitama, 5,500 in Saga, and 7,000 in Yokohama in attendance on each day.[93][98] One day of each stop was screened live at cinemas in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, and aired live on CS TV Asahi in Japan as well as via stream on Beyond Live worldwide. In addition, the Saitama show was re-screened nationally at cinemas on November 6. A television broadcast of all six days of the tour is scheduled on CS TV Asahi.[98] The show was sponsored by Kosé, Towa Pharmaceutical, and Phiten.[89]

Programs performed at Repray (first half)[95]
No. Program
1 "Itsuka owaru yume"
2 "Gate of Living"
3 Hope and Legacy (day 1)
"Ashura-chan" (day 2)
4 "Megalovania"
5 "The Darkness of Eternity"
Programs performed at Repray (second half)[95]
No. Program
6 "Itsuka owaru yume" (piano ver.)
7 "Requiem of Heaven and Earth"
8 "One Summer's Day"
9 "Haru yo, koi [ja]"
10 "Let Me Entertain You"
11 Seimei (choreo sequence)
12 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (step sequence)
Chronological list of tour dates for Repray 2023–24[88]
Date City Prefecture Venue Attendance Ref.
Nov 4, 2023 Saitama Saitama Saitama Super Arena 14,000 [95]
Nov 5, 2023 14,000
Jan 12, 2024 Saga Saga Saga Arena [ja] 5,500 [99]
Jan 14, 2024 5,500
Feb 17, 2024 Yokohama Kanagawa Pia Arena MM 7,000 [100]
Feb 19, 2024 7,000

Firsts and records in professional skating edit

Chronological list of firsts and records in professional skating
Date Achievement Notes Event Ref.
Nov 4, 2022 First skater to produce and present a solo ice show with no other skaters in the line-up It was the first solo show with an official set list of skating programs.   Prologue 2022 [18][20] [101]
Feb 26, 2023 First skater to perform at Tokyo Dome The show also marked the first time of an ice rink to be set up at the prestigious sports and concert venue.   Gift – Ice Story 2023 [45][50]
Feb 26, 2023 New record for the longest solo ice show and most performed programs at a single-day event by one skater (150 min, 12 programs) Hanyu performed 12 different programs at the athletic level of competitions in 40 min net skating time. [50][51]
Feb 26, 2023 New record for the largest ice show audience with 35,000 spectators (sold-out event) The show was viewed live at cinemas in Japan and overseas by 30,000 visitors, adding up to 65,000 spectators in total. [18][50]
Mar 10, 2023 First figure skater to perform a choreographed program with an artistic gymnast, merging two Olympic sports to a new performing art genre The first was achieved in collaboration with three-time Olympic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura. For the performance, a floor apparatus with a mushroom trainer was set up next to the ice rink.   Notte Stellata 2023 [80][67]
Sep 1, 2023 First skater to produce and perform a solo ice show tour[note 2] The tour was scheduled with three stops across Japan from November 2023 to February 2024.   Repray Tour 2023–24 [29][90]

See also edit

Notes and references edit

  1. ^ The numbers include additional seats at the rink sides that were sold for 16,500 yen on February 25 and 26.[58]
  2. ^ a b A show or concert tour usually consists of a minimum of three stops in three different cities or prefectures. For that reason, Hanyu's first solo show Prologue may not qualify as a "tour".[87]

Official guide and documentary books edit

  • CWW official (April 16, 2018a). 「Continues ~with Wings~」オフィシャルガイドブック [Continues with Wings – official guidebook] (in Japanese). Shibuya, Tokyo: Axel Entermedia Co., Ltd. ID 675. 40 p.
  • CWW official (April 16, 2018b). 「Continues ~with Wings~」愛蔵版ブック [Continues with Wings – collector's edition book] (in Japanese). Shibuya, Tokyo: Axel Entermedia Co., Ltd. ID 687.
  • Prologue official (November 1, 2022a). 「プロローグ」オフィシャルガイドブック [Prologue – official guidebook] (in Japanese). Shibuya, Tokyo: Axel Entermedia Co., Ltd. ID 3410. 64 p.
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Print works cited edit

  • Kosaka, Yuki (May 5, 2018). 羽生結弦選手「2連覇おめでとう」祝賀パレード&凱旋アイスショーを総力レポート [Yuzuru Hanyu: "Congratulations on your second consecutive win!" Comprehensive report on the celebration parade and triumphant return to ice show]. フィギュアスケートLife (Figure Skate Life) (mook) (in Japanese). Vol. 14. Minato, Tokyo: Fusosha Publishing. pp. 14–27. ISBN 978-4594612887.
  • Prologue official (December 2, 2022). 「プロローグ」愛蔵版ブック [Prologue – collector's edition book] (in Japanese). Shibuya, Tokyo: Axel Entermedia Co., Ltd. ID 3475.
  • Takagi, Megumi (April 14, 2018). 羽生来季フル回転!!右足首の回復順調サプライズで滑った [Hanyu to compete at full power next season! Recovery of right ankle is going smoothly, skating a surprise performance]. Sports Hochi (in Japanese). Minato, Tokyo. p. 24. OCLC 835693295.

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