Yumi Aizawa On The Agenda, Roles And Life Of A Sparkling Ballerina In Geneva

SUISSEPIC and GENEVA DANCE EVENTS introduce Yumi Aizawa, a ballet star from Japan currently performing at Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Yumi Aizawa, born in 1986 in Japanese Nagano crossed dozens of countries to become a world’s famous ballerina. She found her vocation in Geneva, where she dances leading parts in Grand Théâtre de Genève and enjoys eclecticism of styles including contemporary ones.

Yumi left Japan at the age of 14 driven by a passionate desire to learn about different schools, choreography and audiences. She started working in Dresden’s Semperoper when she was 17. Ballet always gave her the feeling of timeless charm and admiration.

“It makes me feel like going back to another century because of the costumes and decorations. When the performance ends, I’m a bit sad as I start missing this excitement of being at the stage and waiting for the beginning of the show.”

Photo: Gregory Maillot

Having a look through the parts that she performed, I discovered a long list of roles in classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Rome & Julliet and of course the Nutcracker, where she performed Marie. International Geneva opened in front of her new doors and helped to fulfill the dreams to experience contemporary dance through working with different choreographers.

“I came to Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, because I wanted a change in my career as a dancer. I wanted to dance more contemporary pieces and I was interested in. Here in Geneva, I’m able to experience those things”. 

In Geneva she met Vladimir Ippolitov, who previously performed at Grand Théâtre de Genève, and sparkled with the idea to develop dancing culture in Switzerland. Together they are keen on showing ballet’s magic to Swiss audience and finding young rising stars to help them shine.

“When I’ve heard Vladimir’s idea of developing ballet culture in Geneva, I felt the same way. We develop programs of our events and carefully select the the dancers whom to invite”.

The idea of developing dancing talents touches her heart so she still visits her old private ballet school in Japan where she studied for 7 years to give classes for the young generations.