Madoka Kariya

Madoka Kariya

Dance can be bridges to many places.
Dance is a tool for me to connect with others and reconnect with myself.
It is joyful, challenging, healing and pleasure. 
I’m always curious to see the rest of the views from the other side of the bridges. 

When audiences leave the theater after NDT performances, I hope it becomes an opportunity for them to connect to themselves and also with others sharing their feelings. I hope you are not too afraid to come to the theater or to start dancing!

Thank you for visiting on my page. 🙂 – Madoka


Date of birth
3 April 1993

Place of birth
Sendai, Japan


Maison du ballet Etoile, Japan [1998 – 2009]
Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Germany [2009 – 2012]
Internship Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Germany [2011]

Professional experience
Ballett Zürich Junior ballet, Switzerland [2012 – 2014]
NDT 2 [2014 – 2017]
NDT 1 since August 2017

Nominations & awards
Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich (Friends of the Ballet Zurich Award) [2013]
Scholarship from DAAD-Prize for the outstanding achievement of foreign student [2010]
Silver medal in YAGP New York final Senior age division [2009]
Gold medal and Audience award in the ‘All Nippon DATE Classic Ballet competition in Miyagi’ [2009]

Madoka in 'From England with Love' (2021) by Hofesh Shechter. Photo: Rahi Rezvani
In 'Shoot the Moon' by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.