Kaori is intense,
whether she is dancing, eating, sewing on elastic, talking, watching others. She is small but so concentrated, her energy could easily fill someone twice her size.A marvelous technician, she is pure, elegant, strong.
Kaori has strong opinions too—likes, dislikes, and things that make her laugh.
She can be playful…
or tragic…
Not a big talker about her art, at least with people she doesn’t know well, she embodies an astonishing range of danced characters, from classical Aurora in Sleeping Beauty or Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, through the childish, slightly bratty early Juliette of Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette or the flirtatious wife of the French diplomat in The Merry Widow.
A deeply classical dancer, Kaori is nonetheless curious and willing to try most anything.
It fascinates and impresses her how modern dancers can curve their spines, how different from what she was trained to do. “They move so—” she demonstrates, “very hard for me…”
“…we learn each other.”

Her favorite part of 3Seasons is Summer with Lucien and Jonathan, the section she wanted most to dance, even before the choreographic process was started