The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: UK Design for Performance 2015-2019 (Image: Performing Architects)

Kimie Nakano

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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.

She works regularly with Akram Khan Company, credit including 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 (The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre ) The Little Prince ( Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal ), The Three dancers ( Rambert Dance Company ) 360˚ ( Luzerner Theater )choreographer Didy Veldman. Adam Zero / Die Vier Jahreszeiten (Stadttheater Bremerhaven )choreography Sergei Vanaev.

Costume design for dance includes FALL (Royal Ballet of Flanders), Qutb for Natalia Osipova choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Now Is (Edinburgh International Festival ) ,Timeless, WITHIN , Inter_rupted, for Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company.

Nakano has worked internationally with other choreographers including Miguel Altunaga, Carlos Acosta, ,Jose Agudo, Megumi Eda, Megumi Nakamura and companies including Royal Danish Ballet, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Van Huynh Dance Company, Unamoove and Yabin Studio.
Set and Costume Design for Opera and Theatre include Dream Hunter ( Wilton’s Music Hall) ,opera by Nicola LeFanu, Tristan und Isolde (Longborough Festival Opera) director Carmen Jakobi, Tokaido Road opera by 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 (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 2017. assistant costume designer on 8 and a half Women by Peter Greenaway. 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).

Her works have been exhibited iTMOi at Prague Quadrennial 2015 and the V&A Make/Believe exhibition, 2011 ‘Vertical Road’ at V&A, 2001 ‘Yabu no Naka’ at Theatre Museum as part of the section British Design.

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.

Kimie is currently working on costume design for The Return of Ulysses (Royal Opera House, director John Fulljames) and and set design for The Little Mermaid(Northern Ballet, choreographer and director David Nixon OBE).