Staff and Dancers


Ballet Staff

木村 和夫
きむら かずお - Kazuo Kimura


Born in Kumamoto, Kazuo Kimura began his ballet studies at the age of 8. He joined The Tokyo Ballet in 1984.

For the premiere performance of Neumeier's "SEVEN HAIKU OF THE MOON" in 1989, Kimura was chosen by the choreographer to make his leading-role debut at the age of 19. He has since danced leading roles in such ballets as, "THE NUTCRACKER," "SWAN LAKE"; Lacotte's "LA SYLPHIDE," Balanchine's "THEME AND VARIATIONS", "LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL", and "BALLET IMPERIAL"; Béjart's "L'OISEAU DE FEU", "BHAKTI", "MANDARINE MERVEILLEUX"; Blaska's "TAM-TAM ET PERCUSSION"; Kylián's "STEPPING STONES", "SYMPHONY IN D" and "DREAMTIME"; the 'Mazurka' and 'Adage' of Lifar's "SUITE EN BLANC", Alonso's"CARMEN," Fokine's "LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE," "LES SYLPHIDES," Lander's "ETUDES," among others.

He has also danced other important roles such as 'Blue Bird' and 'Four Princes' in "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY", 'Hilarion' in "GISELLE", 'Rothbart' and 'Pas de trois' in "SWAN LAKE", 'Pas de deux' in "LA SYLPHIDE", 'Morono' in Béjart's "THE KABUKI", 'Deux chefs' in "LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS", 'L'ami' in "PETROUCHKA", 'Grand pas de deux' and 'Paris' in "CASSE-NOISETTE", and in "BOLERO".

Mr. Kimura created the role of 'Rikiya', who is Yuranosuke's son in Béjart's "THE KABUKI" in 1986, 'III-san' (one of Yukio Mishima's alter egos) in Béjart's "M" in 1993, and 'Time' in Neumeier's "SEASONS - the colors of time" in 2000. Mr. Kimura also danced 'Basilio' and 'Espada' in the premiere of "DON QUIXOTE" of Vassiliev's version in 2001. In 2005, he danced the role of 'Oberon' in the Tokyo Ballet premiere of Ashton's "THE DREAM"" and in 2006, he danced 'Rudolf' in Pierre Lacotte's "La Fille du Danube."