Japanese designer Kimie Nakano makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as costume designer for The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse, directed by John Fulljames.
Nakano studied literature at Musashino University in Tokyo, theatre costume design at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Paris and theatre design at Wimbledon College of Arts. She works regularly with Akram Khan Company, credits including iTMOi, Vertical Road, Dust, TOROBAKA, Gnosis, Kaash, The Rashomon Effect and technê (for Sylvie Guillem’s Life in Progress). Nakano has worked internationally with choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, David Nixon, José Agudo and Didy Veldman, and companies including Ballet Vlaanderen, Rambert, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Van Huynh Company and Yabin Studio.
Nakano’s opera credits include Tristan und Isolde (Longborough Festival Opera) and Dream Hunter (Wilton’s Music Hall) directed by Carmen Jakobi. Her theatre designs include Pas, Pas Moi, Va et Vient for the TNP Beckett Festival. Her work has been exhibited at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and the V&A.