YONEZAWA Yui in Mikhail FOKINE's The Firebird (title role) ©SHIKAMA Takashi

YONEZAWA Yui was born in Aichi prefecture and began her ballet training at the Yoko Tsukamoto Theatre de Ballet Company. She received a number of awards at competitions both in Japan and overseas.In 2006, she went to the US to join the Ballet San Jose. Major awards won by Yui include first place in the junior classical ballet category at the Kobe Dance Awards and first place in the junior categories at both the All Japan Dance Competition and the Varna International Ballet Competitions all in 2004, third place at the International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition in 2005 and Bronze Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.
She joined the National Ballet of Japan in 2010 as a Soloist and made her debut as the leading role in David BINTLEY's The Prince of the Pagodas. Since then, she has danced leading roles in a number of productions including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Giselle. She was promoted to Principal in 2013 and won the Tokyo Shimbun Einosuke Nakagawa Prize in 2014.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Princess Florine)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Kitri)
  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Ruskaya), The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Reed Fairy), La Bayadère (Nikiya, Gamzatti)
  • Konstantin SERGEYEV's production: Giselle (title role, Peasant pas des deux)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (title role, Fairy Autumn)
  • George BALANCHINE: Symphony in C (1st Movement Principal), Concerto Barocco (Principal), Apollo (Calliope), Symphony in Three Movements (3rd Principal couple), Theme and Variations(Principal)
  • David BINTLEY: Aladdin (Sapphire, Silver), Carmina Burana (Fortuna), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Utah's Long Horn Ram), The Prince of the Pagodas (Princess Bell Sakura), Sylvia (title role), Take Five (Take Five), E=mc2 (Energy), Faster (Throwers)
  • Nacho DUATO: Duende
  • Mikhail FOKINE: The Firebird (title role)
  • KANAMORI Jo: solo for 2
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: Manon (Courtesans)
  • OGURA Sachiko: Snow White (title role), Cinderella (title role)
  • Roland PETIT: La Chauve-souris (Bella)
  • Twyla THARP: In the Upper Room ('Ballet Women')
  • Hans VAN MANEN: Grosse Fuge