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Akiko Kanda


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Picture Credit: princesslucia / AKIKO: On Stage With Takarasiennes


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Name: Akiko Kanda
Kanji: アキコ・カンダ (formerly 神田明子)
Position: Choreographer / Dance Teacher
Former Takarasienne: No

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Birthday: 24 October 1935
Death: September 23, 2011
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Hometown: Oomiya, Saitama
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First Takarazuka Work: 1962

Projects as Choreographer

YearTitleType of PerformanceTroupe
2006AKIKO: On Stage With TakarasiennesBow Hall ConcertVarious
2002DANCIN' AKIKO: 40th AnniversaryBow Hall ConcertVarious
1999Second Matsumoto Yuri RecitalBow HallSenka
1999The Wonder ThreeBow HallSnow
1998Wuthering HeightsNippon SeinenkanCosmos
1998The FictionBow HallSnow
1997ElegyBow HallStar
1997Wuthering HeightsBow HallSnow
1997DANCIN' AKIKO: 35th AnniversaryBow Hall ConcertVarious
1995-96The Story Of a Sword, Love, and a RainbowMainStar
1994Winter StormMainFlower
1994'Allo, 'Allo, Camelot?Bow HallFlower
1993-94Seal of the BourbonsMainSnow
1993Manhattan StoryBow HallMoon
1992-93Hello, George!Bow HallStar
1991Portraits of LoversMainStar
1990Great ExpectationsMainMoon
1989-90Sicilian WindBow HallStar
1989Angel's Smile, Devil's TearsMainMoon
1988Dynamo!MainSnow
1987Pale KissBow HallStar
1986Love CantataBow Hall & abc HallStar
1981-82Sun Orient Sun MainSnow
1981Jewelry MarchenMainFlower
1981Crescendo!MainStar
1976Monsieur PapillonMainSnow
1974JujuMainStar
1973La La FantastiqueMainStar
1972Town of Shooting StarsMainSnow
1971Singer's SingerMainSnow
1970Hello! TakarazukaMainSnow
1967XangoMainSnow
1966Love Story of a Castle in the Foggy Night / Esquire GirlsMainStar
1963Black CandlesMainSnow


Projects as Performer

YearTitleType of PerformanceRole
2006AKIKO: On Stage With TakarasiennesBow Hall ConcertStar


Non-Takarazuka Projects

YearTitleMain or Assistant
2001-02To MarthaStar


Other

She began dancing at the age of seven and entered the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 1956. Two years later she joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, in which she rose to become a principal dancer before returning to Japan in 1962 to work for Takarazuka. As well as being a choreographer, she was the most important dance teacher at the Takarazuka Music School.

Prizes she has been awarded by the Japanese government include:

The Art Festival Excellence Prize (1969)
The Art Festival Grand Prize (1974)
The Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize (1988)
The Order of the Violet Ribbon (1998)
Tokyo Shinbun Culture Award (2001)
Order of the Rising Sun (2008)

In 1984-85, a documentary was made about her dancing and her daily life, entitled Akiko: Portrait of a Dancer, and a book of photographs of her is also available.

Novellist Sakaki Kunihiko (Kanda Kunihiko) is her son.

Died of lung cancer on September 23rd, 2011, in Meguro ward hospital in Tokyo, being 75 years old. Despite of being severely ill, she continued performing until September 11th.

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