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Nonoka Kato


My first memories of dance go back to my childhood when I was fascinated by a magazine article about Roland Petit’s tour of Japan. I started dancing in 1992 at the Kansaki Ballet Studio. Everything moved very quickly because I knew really early on that I wanted to make a career out of dance. In 1996 I joined the Chikako Tanaka Junior Ballet School in Japan and then in 2003 the École National Supérieure de Danse in Marseille in the professional placement class. I joined the company three years later.

Within the ballet, I’m curious and attentive. For me, the “body in revolt” is a real questioning that is dealt with in metaphors since the dancers are directed by a choreographer. In response to this issue, I find Extremalism quite a tough piece, but one where it’s possible to find a sort of hope by entering into the dance and therefore into the encounter. Dancing with 30 people on stage provides me with both an awareness of the group and an individual awareness. It’s this paradox that interests me.