Kimie Nakano


Kimie’s 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), and Tokaido Road (opera Nicola LeFanu, director Caroline Clegg).

Set and costume designs for dance productions include M-Dao for English National Ballet with choreographer Yabin Wang. Collaborations with choreographer Didy Veldman include Carmen for The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, The Little Prince for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, The Three Dancers for Rambert Dance Company, and 360˚ for Luzerner Theater; and for Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Adam Zero / Die Vier Jahreszeiten with choreography by Sergei Vanaev.

Costume design for dance includes Vertical Road for Akram Khan Company, 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); FALL (choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Royal Ballet of Flanders); and The Moon Opera (choreography by Yabin Wang).

Collaborations with other choreographers include Aditi Mangaldas, Jose Agudo, Companhia Nacional de Bailado and Royal Danish Ballet. 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 a new production by Akram Khan; and set design for The Little Mermaid (Northern Ballet, choreographer and director David Nixon OBE).