French-Japanese dancer and choreographer Namiko Gahier-Ogawa makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as the movement director for Susanna in the Linbury Theatre.
Gahier-Ogawa grew up in Paris. She studied literature at Paris VII Diderot University and classical piano at the Conservatoire, and went on to obtain a degree in jazz dance at Rick Odums International Institute in Paris. She is a movement director and choreographer working in opera and theatre, and in 2004 founded Yumé Arts Company, for which she has developed pieces combining contemporary dance with theatre, video and live music, using improvisation techniques. Her opera choreography includes Madama Butterfly and Iris (Opera Holland Park) and revival choreography for Madama Butterfly (Scottish Opera). She has also choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the commedia dell’arte Arlequin, Emperor of the Moon for Stéphane Fuget, La Machine aux couleurs for Stéphanie Paulet, The Fall of the House of Usher for Sonia Jacob, Zyklus-Lieder dansés Berg/Schumann (choreographed Lieder) for Dorli Lamar, and works inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphosis and Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting Judith Beheading Holofernes. She has collaborated with Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre Company, Compania Agua Sakra, Alto Company, KonfisKé(e), L’Oreille à Plumes and IntraMuros & Cie.
As a dancer, Gahier-Ogawa has performed for companies in France, Northern Ireland and Chile, and in opera productions directed by Nigel Lowery, Nikolaus Lehnhoff and Pierre Audi for companies including Dutch National Opera, Opera Vlaanderen, English National Opera and Baden-Baden Festival.