The Dancers

Kohei Iwamoto

The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Kohei Iwamoto as Puck in 2015's The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Credit: Stephen A’Court.

Kohei Iwamoto began ballet lessons in his native Japan at the age of 11. His talent was rewarded with a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School, and he joined the RNZB at the beginning of 2010.

In 2011 he performed both the title role and the adventurous puppet Arlequino in Pinocchio, as part of Tutus on Tour, as well as Bluebird and the Prince’s Friend in The Sleeping Beauty.

During 2012, Kohei made two significant debuts, as the Prince in Cinderella and as Albrecht in Giselle, a role he has reprised with the RNZB during international tours to China, US, and UK and Italy, to critical acclaim.

In 2013 Kohei performed the contrasting, yet equally demanding, roles of the Huntsman and the Bird in Bier Halle and made his debut as Siegfried in the RNZB’s Swan Lake. In 2014, Kohei performed the role of Franz in Coppélia and also the leading male role in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante; one of the two male solo roles in Johan Kobborg’s Les Lutins, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. 2015 saw Kohei appear as both Basilio and Lorenzo in Don Quixote, and create the role of Puck in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as roles in Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon, Jiří Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass and Neil Ieremia’s Passchendaele.

Kohei performed a number of feature roles in 2017 including both Romeo and Paris in Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet. Earlier that year he featured in the main duet of Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31, one of the six dancers in Tuplet, and he also performed Cacti in the Three by Ekman triple bill.

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