FUKUDA Keigo in David BINTLEY's Take Five ©SHIKAMA Takashi

FUKUDA Keigo was born in Osaka and began taking ballet lessons at K-Ballet Studio at age 3 where he received training from YAGAMI Kaori, YAGAMI Kurumi and YAGAMI Keiko. He won first place in the men's junior category at the 2001 Kobe Dance Competition, and a scholarship at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition. In the same year, he went to Germany to study at the Heinz Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy. In 2003 Keigo received a professional scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne and went to the United Kingdom to train at the Birmingham Royal Ballet later that year. He then placed second in the Pas de Deux Category of the 2006 National Dance Competition and joined the National Ballet of Japan as a member of the Corps de Ballet in the 2006/2007 season. His phenomenal portrayal of the central role in Twyla THARP's Push Comes to Shove in 2009 won him admiration and he was promoted to Soloist in 2010, and to First Soloist in 2012.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Jester, Neapolitan Dance), The Nutcracker (Troll, Trepak), La Bayadère (Bronze Idol), Raymonda (Saracen)
  • Konstantin SERGYEV's production: Giselle (Peasent pas des deux)
  • Vassily VAINONEN's production: The Nutcracker (Chinese Dance)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (Jester)
  • David BINTLEY: Aladdin (The Djinn of the lamp, Aladdin's Friends), Carmina Burana (2nd seminarian), Galanteries, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Texan Kangaroo Rat), The Prince of the Pagodas (King of the North), Sylvia (Eros, Gog), Take Five (Flying Solo), E=mc2 (Celeritas2)
  • Nacho DUATO: Duende
  • HIRAYAMA Motoko: Ag+G, Soldier's Tale (Soldier)
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: Manon (Lescaut), Romeo and Juliet (Marcutio)
  • MAKI Asami: La Dame aux Camélias (Peasant, Tarantella)
  • Robert NORTH: Troy Game
  • Roland PETIT: La Chauve-souris (Ulrich, Garçons)
  • Twyla THARP: Push Comes To Shove (Principal), In the Upper Room
  • Hans VAN MANEN: Gross Fuge
  • August BOURNONVILLE: La Sylphide (Gurn)