The Japanese ballet dancer who lives in Berlin to create beauty: Meet Marina Kanno



By Ayako Yuse


I interviewed Marina Kanno. She is a professional ballet dancer at the Berlin State Ballet!


Where are you from? How long have you lived in Berlin?


I’m from Fujisawa-city, Kanagawa. It’s close to Enosima. I have lived in Berlin for 9 years. I danced as a professional for Vienna State Opera and after 2 years I came to Berlin because Vladimir Malakhov invited me to the Berlin State Ballet. I have lived abroad since I went to Russia when I was 16 years old.






Which performance is your favourite to dance and watch?


I like to dance Manon, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and La Dame aux camelias by Neumeier. They all are dramatic ballet. But on the other hand, I also like to watch them. I can say works by Balanchine are the work I wanna dance too because it’s is challenging physically and mentally. When it comes to modern ballet, I wanna say Kylian. Dramatic works empathize me, that’s why I like them.


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What is your favourite food in Berlin? How do you celebrate after a successful performances?


I like Asian food, for example Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Indian food. I sometimes go to dinner with friends after an important role. But actually, I have a lot of performances usually, so I don’t cerebrate so often!


Can you tell me about your jewellery project?


I started to make jewellery as hobby from 5 or 6 years ago. But I cannot wear all I make. So I sometimes gave coworkers some of my jewellery works. Just I make the jewellery as hobby because I am too busy for the ballet and cannot make time enough. If someone wants, I can make the jewellery and send it by post.




Which places in Berlin do you like best?


I like the flea market at Mauerpark, Kastanien Alle and Hackescher Markt. Kastanien Alle is close to Mauerpark. There are a lot of cafe and shops. I lived nearby till last year and I went there often. I know every shops there! And I also like Thai park, where native Thai people sell Thai food.

Remember to catch Marina in The Nutcracker this season. See dates below.

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