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Aya Sato


I started dancing at the age of three at the Ishikawa ballet school in Hokkaido, Japan, but I really wanted to study in Europe so in 2011 I joined the Ballett Akademie Nürnberg/Fürth in Germany. I knew nothing about contemporary dance before I went there. In 2013 I was a finalist in the Talent Dance Award in Regensburg, Germany, and in 2014 I won two medals and the special prize in the classical dance and contemporary categories at the international competition in Biarritz.

I joined the Ballet National de Marseille in January 2015 after leaving Germany. I love working with Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten because they teach me to exceed my limits. Before I came here, I danced in a much more reduced way than is available to me today. I’m learning to become better acquainted with myself, to bring out movements from inside the body. For me, the revolt consists of wanting more space and seeing the bigger picture.