Miho OgimotoFirst soloist of The Czech National Ballet
Miho Ogimoto obtained dance schooling at the Sakamoto Ballet Studio in her native Japan, and pursued her studies at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. Between 1995 and 1997, she won in the junior category of several ballet contests (Nagoya Ballet Competition, All Japan Ballet Competition, Kyushu & Asia Ballet Competition). She obtained her first professional engagement at the New National Theatre of Tokyo (1999 – 2001), followed by a soloist contract with the Theater Altenburg-Gera in Germany (2001 – 2004), where her creations included the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a solo part in Boléro. From 2004 – 2009 she was soloist of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she danced in John Neumeier’s version of Sylvia, in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and most notably, in numerous choreographies of the company’s then head, Youri Vámos. Among her highlights in Vámos’ productions were the roles of Queen Eleonora in La Fermosa – The Jewess of Toledo, Tatyana in The Sleeping Beauty – the Czar’s Last Daughter, Myrthe in Giselle, the Chinese woman in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Tale, the African girl in Spartacus, or Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the 2009/2010 season, she was soloist of the Aalto Ballet Theater Essen, where her creations included the leading role in the company’s production of La Sylphide.
Since the 2010/2011 season soloist of the Prague State Opera ballet company, where she can be seen in the title role of Giselle, as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty – the Czar’s Last Daughter, in the Swan Lake pas de trois, or the Good Fairy in Prokofiev’s Cinderella.