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Kimie Nakano

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  • DUST
  • Tristan und Isolde
  • Moon Opera


Kimie Nakano – Set and Costume Designer

Kimie Nakano studied literature at Musashino University in Tokyo, theatre costume at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Paris and a theatre design MA at Wimbledon College of Art in London.

Her designs for Dance productions include for Akram Khan Company Vertical Road, DUST (English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget), iTMOi , Torobaka, Gnosis, Kaash, The Rashomon Effect (National Youth Dance Company) , technê Sylvie Guillem (Life in Progress).

Other set and costume design for dance include M-Dao for English National Ballet choreographer yabin Wang. Carmen for The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre choreographer Didy Veldman, The Little Prince for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal choreographer Didy Veldman, The Three dancers for Rambert Dance Company choreography Didy Veldman 360˚ for Luzerner Theater choreographer Didy Veldman. Adam Zero / Die Vier Jahreszeiten for Stadttheater Bremerhaven choreography Sergei Vanaev.
8:15 choreographer Eda Megumi for Rambert Dance Company and with Megumi Nakamura Sand flower (Maastright Festival Award).
Costume design for dance includes FALL choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Royal Ballet of Flanders. The Moon Opera Choreography Yabin Wang, Now Is for Edinburgh International Festival and Timeless, WITHIN for Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, The Mustard Seed choreographer Miguel Altunaga for Rambert Dance Company, Premieres Plus Carlos, Mural Study for Van Huynh Dance Company and A Thousand Shepherds ,choreographer Jose Agudo.

Set and Costume Design for Opera and Theatre include Dream Hunter ,opera by Nicola LeFanu, director Carmen Jakobi, Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera director Carmen Jakobi, Tokaido Road opera Nicola LeFanu, director Caroline Clegg . Yabu no Naka, modern noh/kyogen play (Tokyo Art Festival Award), directed by Mansai Nomura. Pas, Pas moi, va et vien, Beckett Festival for Theatre National Populaire – Lyon, The Oslo Experiment, Stratos Oslo, 2 Graves Arts Theatre, La Nuit du Train de la Voie Lactée directed by Hirata Oriza, Theatre de Sartrouville – CDN, and Michael Morpugo’s Kensuke Kingdom, Polka Theatre Company.

Costume Design for Shadow of Memory the commemoration of the 20th anniversary Kwibuka ceremony in Rwanda.
In film, costume designer for Macbeth. assistant costume designer on 8 and a half Women by Peter Greenaway and she was in charge of production and costumes for the short film Basho starring Yoshi Oida. Kimie's directorial credits include Snow (a workshop with three blind singers at the ENO studio).

Kimie Nakano’s costume designs for ITMOI by the renowned Akram Khan Dance Company were chosen by Prague Quadrennial 2015, the world theatre design exhibition that is held every 4 years, and by the V&A Make/Believe exhibition as part of the section British Design. 2011 ‘Vertical Road’ selected SBTD exhibition at V&A , 2001 ‘Yabu no Naka’ selected SBTD at Theatre Museum

Publication ‘Textiles in the performing arts: designing costumes for Akram Khan Company’Jamini 6 December 2015

Kimie strives to create intercultural projects for the stage, workshops and films, to promote different world cultures.