Yuka Oishi ©BBL - Gregory Batardon

Yuka Oishi was born in 1984 in Osaka, Japan. In 2002, she joins the John Neumeier Hamburg Ballet and become eight years later the first Japanese female soloist. Yuka is now free-lance choreographer since almost ten years. Her work has already been prized and met the success of public and critics all over the world.

She choreographed RENKU together with Orkan Dann for the Hamburg Ballet in 2012, receiving the Rolf Mares Prize. Since 2013, she creates for several international companies and festivals. She has choreographed for the Takarazuka Revue Theater and presented work at the World Ballet Festival, the Etoiles Gala, the Tokyu Sylvester Concert, and other festivals. Since 2014, she creates new works for the Origen Festival Cultural in Switzerland.


In 2018, she created Ku for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and then Ave Maria for Natalia Osipova at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London the same year. The solo was revived at the New York City Center in 2019 and performed around the world during the pandemic. At the same time, Yuka Oishi met Sergei Polunin, for whom she composed The Rite of Spring a ballet that premiered in St. Moritz in Switzerland in 2018, followed by Rasputin in 2020.


Yuka Oishi’s solo performances include her 2018 appearance in The Rite of Spring, staged by the author and directed by Klaus Obermaier in collaboration with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She starred in the musical Don Juan and performed for three consecutive years in Dance at the Gathering, a ballet festival held each year in Japan.


More recently, Yuka Oishi created The Nutcracker & The Secret Garden for the Sadamatsu-Hamada Ballet in December 2022. The following month, the San Francisco Ballet danced her version of Bolero at the Next@90 festival. Then, she created Time at Origen Festival Cultural in Graubünden. Gil Roman, the Artistic Director of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, invited her to work on her second choreography for the Lausanne-based company, The other song of dance, which can be seen at the Beaulieu Theater from June 16 to 21, 2023.

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