Co-choreographer/Dancer (Broken Lines, Binary - International Artists Showcase)
Born in Asahikawa, Japan, Tamako Akiyama studied at the Uchiyama Ballet Studio, followed by the Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace under its director Marika Besobrasova. In 1986, she won Second Prize at the Prix de Lausanne and two years later, Fourth Prize at the Varna International Ballet Competition (Bulgaria). She joined the Stuttgarter Ballet in 1989 under its director Marcia Haydée, performing the works of renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, John Cranko, John Neumeier, Marius Petipa, Maurice Béjart, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, amongst others. In 1996, she joined Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin as a soloist at the invitation of its director Richard Cragun, and rose to become its principal dancer, working with Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, Hans Van Manem, Heinz Spoerli, amongst others.
Akiyama joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza in September 1999 as principal dancer under Artistic Director Nacho Duato. She has taken on key roles in Duato’s repertory, as well as works from Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus, and many others. Since leaving the company, Tamako has participated in international events such as the Festival Madrid en Danza 2011, performing S.O.S by choreographers Dimo Kirilov and Gentian Doda.