From Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, to Odette in Swan Lake, Nagoya–native Ako Kondo embodies effortless grace with each leading role she performs. And it was this talent that saw Ako move to Melbourne, Australia, on a ballet scholarship as a teenager. Since, she has become a highly acclaimed dancer.
As the Australian Ballet’s first Japanese principal artist, Ako has received a number of international accolades, including a nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse, one of the world’s most prestigious dance awards. Ako shared her story with us of life in Melbourne and her experience of how creativity can function as means to overcome the barriers between global cultures.