|Kaori Nakamura in Twyla Tharp's "Water Baby Bagatelles". Photo @ Angela Sterling|
|Kaori Nakamura as Juliette, with her Romeo, James Moore. Photo@Angela Sterling|
|Kaori Nakamura and Jonathan Porretta in PNB's "Nutcracker" photo @Angela Sterling|
If you've ever seen Kaori Nakamura dance, you know this tiny woman has delicate grace braced by tensile steel strength. Like former PNB principal Louise Nadeau, Kaori has just gotten better and better over her years at PNB. Audiences take for granted that Kaori will execute, flawlessly, the technical demands of every role. What makes her so special is that Kaori can also imbue her Juliette with a gamine sassiness, bring a flair to her Kitri, a pathos to Giselle. It's clear from her performances that she loves each story ballet, that she's an actress as well as a technician.
|Kaori Nakamura as Kitri in Ratmansky's "Don Quixote" photo @ Angela Sterling|
|Kaori Nakamura in Ulysses Dove's "Red Angels" Photo@ Angela Sterling|
Kaori Nakamura's retirement is a loss for the Seattle audience, but a huge gain for the PNB School. Artistic Director Peter Boal says Kaori will join the faculty there, to help transmit her artistry to a new generation.
Before that happens you still have a few chances to see Kaori dance.She will perform Princess Aurora on opening night of PNB's "Sleeping Beauty," January 31, 2014, and she's scheduled to dance the title role in "Giselle" later this spring.
After a farewell tribute in June, Kaori steps out of the spotlight. Thanks for your spectacular work, Kaori.
|Kaori Nakamura and Lucien Postelwaite in "Swan Lake" photo@Angela Sterling|