Kimie Nakano is an international costume and set designer who works across theatre, opera and dance. Kimie studied theatre costume design at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Paris, and theatre design at Wimbledon College of Arts.
She has worked extensively with the Akram Khan Company, including Vertical Road, Dust, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Gnosis, Kaash, The Rashomon Effect, technê (for Sylvie Guillem, Life in Progress) and XENOS.
Nakano has worked internationally with many choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, David Nixon, José Agudo and Didy Veldman, and companies including Ballet Vlaanderen, Rambert, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Van Huynh Company and Yabin Studio.
Opera credits include The Return of Ulysses by John Fulljames for Royal Opera and Tristan und Isolde by Carmen Jakobi for Longborough Festival Opera.
Her theatre designs include Pas, Pas Moi, Va et Vient for the TNP Beckett Festival. Film credits include costumes for Basho (2008) and Macbeth (2017). Her work has also been exhibited, including at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and the V&A.