Tamako Akiyama

tamako-akiyama-711x1024Tamako AKIYAMA was born in Asahikawa, Japan.
She started her studies of ballet in the Uchiyama Ballet Studio.

In 1985 continued her studied in Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco with Marika Besobrasova as director.

In 1986 she won the Second Prize Johnson Scholarship in the Prix de Lausanne and two years later the Junior Fourth Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.

In 1989 she has been a part of the Suttgarter Ballet with Marcia Haydée.

In 1996 Richard Cragun invited her to join the Company of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as a Sòloist and a year later promoted her to Principal dancer, where she's repertoire included works by J.Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Hans Van Manem, Heinz Spoerli...

tamako-akiyama-6In 1999 she joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid under the direction of Nacho Duato where she became quickly principal dancer, she has been involved in many of Nacho Duato's creations, dancing main parts of his repertory, as well as pieces from such important choreographers as Jiri Kylián, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus...