Famous People in Japan

Kumakawa Tetsuya

Date of Birth 5 March, 1972
Place of Birth Hokkaido

Kumakawa Tetsuya is one of world-famous ballet dancers. He was born in Hokkaido in 1972, and began the ballet at ten years old. In 1987 he won the First Prize at the All-Japan Dance Contest.

He went to Britain by himself to study ballet in the Royal Ballet School when he was fifteen years old. Afterwards, he entered the Royal Balle. In 1989 he won the Gold Medal and the Prince Takamado Prize at the Prix de Lausanne which is the highest top class amateur contest in the world and the Gold Prize at the European Young Dancer of the Year Competition.

In this year he was promoted to Soloist in the Royal Ballet, and to First Soloist in 1991. He became the first Japanese dancer to be appointed the Principal finally in 1993. He performed his own state named "Made in London" from 1996 to 1998 in Japan.

He left the Royal Ballet in October 1998, and organized new company named "K-BALLET COMPANY" in January 1999. His new company already helded the first performance in May and June of 1999. He will be active as top level ballet dancer in all over the world.

His repertory

  1. The Bronze Idol and Head Fakir (Bayadere)
  2. Jester (Cinderella )
  3. Friday Night (Elite Syncopations )
  4. Beggar Chief(Manon)
  5. Oberon, Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  6. Lead Hungarian Officer, Bratfisch (Mayerling)
  7. Basilio (Don Quixote)
  8. Jeremy Fisher (Tales ofBeatrix Potter)
  9. Prince (Nutcracker)
  10. Prince*(Swan Lake)

References: http://victorian.fortunecity.com/tiffany/563/
Reported by: Tomonari Koyama
Date of Report: December 1999

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