Yukino Takaura

Yukino Takaura

My favourite moment in the studio was during the creation of Clowns with Hofesh Shechter.

One particular day, he had an idea of creating a tap dancing section. For this, he brought out two coins from his bag and made rhythms by hitting a box whilst recording on a computer. After recording several of these, Hofesh combined all of the rhythms to create the effect of a full percussion band. Everytime he created a short rhythm, he choreographed a tap dance for us. By the end of the day, we would have a whole section of tap dancing ready.

The whole process of simultaneously composing and choreographing was really mind-blowing and will stay with me.

I wish to share experiences like this with audiences through our performances. – Yukino


Date of birth
27 April 1992

Place of birth
Wakayama, Japan


School of the Hamburg Ballett , Artistic Director: John Neumeier [2009 – 2011]
Rei Grand Ballet School (RGB), Japan [2000 – 2009]

Kevin Haigen, Marianne Kruuse, Yohan Stegli, Carolina Borrajo, Stacey Denham, Beatrice Schickendantz and Rei Kaiami

Professional experience
National Youth Ballet, Hamburg (Art. Dir. John Neumeier [2011 – 2013]
NDT 2 [2013 – 2015]
Joined NDT 1 in September 2015

Yukino in 'Bella Figura' by Jiří Kylián. Photo: Joris-Jan Bos.
In 'Schubert' by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot. Photo: Rahi Rezvani.