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Kimie Nakano

Set Designer
Kimie Nakano

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

She works regularly with Akram Khan Company, credit include: Vertical Road; DUST (English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget); iTMOi; Torobaka; Gnosis; Kaash; The Rashomon Effect (National Youth Dance Company); and technê (Sylvie Guillem, Life in Progress).

Other set and costume designs for dance include: M-Dao for English National Ballet with choreography by 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; and Adam Zero / Die Vier Jahreszeiten (Stadttheater Bremerhaven with choreography by Sergei Vanaev).

Costume designs for dance include: FALL (Royal Ballet of Flanders); Qutb for Natalia Osipova with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Now Is (Edinburgh International Festival); and Timeless, WITHIN and 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 designs for opera and theatre include: Dream Hunter (Wilton’s Music Hall); Tristan und Isolde (Longborough Festival Opera, director Carmen Jakobi); Tokaido Road 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).

Kimie also designed costumes for Shadow of Memory, the commemoration of the 20th anniversary Kwibuka ceremony in Rwanda.

In film, Kimie has designed costumes for Macbeth 2017, was assistant costume designer on 8 1/2 Women by Peter Greenaway, is credited with production and costumes for the short film Basho starring Yoshi Oida, and directed Snow (a workshop with three blind singers at the ENO studio).

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

Publication credits include: 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).