Etsuko Akiya

... trained in her native Japan at the Rui Ballet Academy and at the Laban Centre in London. Between 1996 and 1998, she worked as a freelance dancer in Germany with the Unterwegs Theater Heidelberg, Nationaltheater Mannheim and Azet Dance Company and with TanzEnsemble Cathy Sharp in Basel, Switzerland. In 1998 she joined the Landestheater Linz Company where she worked until 2002 as a dancer and choreographic assistant with a.o. choreographers Robert Poole, Rui Horta, Richard Wherlock, Jacobi Godani, Olga Cobos, Peter Mika and Amanda Miller. In November 2002 she appeared at Pact Zollverein with rodolpho leoni dance in ›inherent simplicities‹.