Kimie Nakano studied Literature at Musashino University in Tokyo, Theatre Costume at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Paris and obtained a Theatre Design MA at Wimbledon College of Art in London.
Her designs for Akram Khan Company include: Vertical Road, Dust (English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget), iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Gnosis, Kaash, The Rashomon Effect (National Youth Dance Company), technê (choreographed for Sylvie Guillem, Life in Progress).
During the course of her career, she has designed costumes for many international dance companies and choreographers, such as The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Rambert Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, José Agudo and Van Huynh Dance Company. Kimie has also designed set and costumes for a number of opera, theatre and film productions, including Dream Hunter, The Oslo Experiment, Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and Macbeth.
Kimie is currently working on a choreography by Didy Veldman for Luzerner Theatre and the triple bill She Said for English National Ballet.
Kimie Nakano’s costume designs for iTMOi by Akram Khan Company were chosen by Prague Quadrennial 2015, a world theatre design exhibition held every four years, as well as by the V&A Make/Believe exhibition as part of the section British Design.
Kimie strives to create intercultural projects for the stage, workshops and films, to promote different world cultures.