Tamako Akiyama

Tamako was born in Asahikawa, Japan where she commenced her classical ballet training at the Uchiyama Ballet Studio. In 1985 she was accepted into the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco where she would continue her studies with Marika Besobrasova.

In 1986 she won the Second Prize Johnson Scholarship at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and two years later the Junior Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Varna. A year later she joined the Suttgart Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydée where she performed creations by Jiří Kylián, Uwe Sholtz, Renato Zanela, Christian Spuc and Stefan Toss amongst others.


In 1996 Richard Cragun invited her to join the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a Soloist and a year later she was promoted to Principal where her repertoire included works by Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Hans Van Manem and Heinz Spoerli.


In 1999 she joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid under the direction of  Nacho Duato where she was quickly named principal dancer. She has been involved in almost all of Nacho Duato’s creations since joining his company, dancing the main parts of his repertory, as well as works from choreographers such as Jiří Kylián , Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus, Johan Inger, Angels Margarit and Marcos Morau.


In 2006 she was nominated for the prestigious Benois de La Danse Awards and was invited by Manuel Legris to take part of the gala “The New Universe of Manuel Legris” in Tokyo, Vienna and later in 2014 in Paris.


Since June 2014 she has worked as a freelance artist, performing and giving workshops throughout Europe and Asia. She has assisted to create, to rehearse and danced with Dimo Kirilov Milev several works:

“Aimless” which won the International Competition for Choreography Burgos and New York in July 2013. It went on to win the 2nd prize in the Copenhagen International Choreographic Competition in 2014 and additionally she was awarded the prize for outstanding dancer.  The full length “Entre Mareas” for the Festival Madrid en Danza. “Anhelos y tormentos “  for the Compañia Nacional de Danza in 2016. And recently in February 2017  the full length “Broken lines”


From August 2017 Tamako is a repetitor at Nederlands Dans Theater I.

Dimo Kirilov Milev

Dimo was born in Bulgaria where he began his training at the National Ballet School of Sofia. 

1993: Joined The National Opera of Sofia.


1994: Was accepted into the Jeunne Ballet de France.


1996: Was a soloist in Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine performing pieces such as Gisele, Swan Lake, La Sylphide,Theme and Variations and The Prodigal Son amongst others. He also danced works by choreographers such as Kylián, Jorma Uotinen, Jean François Durrure, Abou Lagraa and Hans van Manen during this time.


2001: Joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza under the direction of Nacho Duato where he quickly ascended to principal dancer. He also worked with choreographers including Mats Ek, Wim Vandekeybus, Orjan Anderson, Jacopo Godani, Gustavo Ramirez and performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin among others.
Together with Tamako Akiyama he was invited by Manuel Legris for ‘The New Universe of Manuel Legris’ in Vienna, Paris and Tokyo.


2009: Became a freelance dancer, assitant and choreographer.


2011: Choreographed S.O.S. and 1/2 Waltz, together with Gentian Doda. 1/2 Waltz won first prize in both the Copenhagen and Hannover choreography competitons.


2013: His work ‘Aimless’ won the 1st prize in the International Competition for Choreography Burgos-New York. 2013:
Created ‘Collisions’ for T.H.E Dance Company, Singapore.


2014: ‘Aimless’ won 2nd prize, and Best Performer for his partner Tamako Akiyama and Production Award for the Royal Danish Ballet in the Copenhagen Choreographic Competition.
He also created  ‘Entre Mareas’  a full length for the festival Madrid en Danza.


2016: Created ‘Anhelos y Tormentos’ for Compañia Nacional de Danza (Spain) in homage to the Spanish composer Enrique Granados.


2017: Created ‘Broken Lines’ a full length .