MOTOJIMA Miwa as Marguerite Gautier in MAKI Asami's La Dame aux Camélias ©SETO Hidemi

MOTOJIMA Miwa was born in Tokyo and began her ballet studies under MAKI Asami, MITANI Kyozo, TOYOKAWA Mieko and YUKI Miho. She started at the Mieko TOYOKAWA's ECOLE DE BALLET in 1992, then moved on to the Tachibana Ballet School in 1997. Miwa joined the Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo in 2000, later enrolling in the New National Theatre Ballet School, she became one of the very first dancers graduating for the School. She then became a Soloist at the National Ballet of Japan in 2003. In 2005 she was first chosen to dance a leading role in Ishii Jun's new production of Carmen. She has a wide repertory which includes the leading roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker and BINTLEY's Aladdin. Miwa has also appeared in television commercials, where she was praised for her performances and received the Performance Award at the ACC CM Festival. She won the Akiko Tachibana Swan New Face Award in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2011.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Kitri)
  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Ruskaya), The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), La Bayadère (Nikiya, Gamzatti), Raymonda (title role)
  • Konstantin SERGEYEV's production: Giselle (title role, Myrtha)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (title role, Fairy Godmother)
  • George BALANCHINE: Symphony in C (4th Movement Principal), Apollo (Terpsichore)
  • David BINTLEY: Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur), Carmina Burana (Roast Swan), Galanteries, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Rainforest Family), The Prince of the Pagodas (Empress Epine), Sylvia (Diana), Take Five (Two Step), E=mc² (Energy), Faster (Aerials)
  • Nacho DUATO: Por vos Muero, Duende
  • Boris EIFMAN: Anna Karenina (Kitty)
  • HIRAYAMA Motoko: Butterfly
  • ISHII Jun: Carmen (title role)
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Manon (title role)
  • MAKI Asami: La Dame aux Camélias (Marguerite Gautier)
  • Bronislava NIJINSKA: Les Noces (The Bride)
  • OGURA Sachiko: Cinderella (The Younger Sister), Snow White (Queen)
  • Roland PETIT: Coppélia (Swanilda), La Chauve-souris (Bella)
  • Twyla THARP: Push comes to shove, In the Upper Room ('Stomper')
  • Hans VAN MANEN: Grosse Fuge
  • August BOURNONVILLE: La Sylphide (Madge)