Aoi Sawano

Corps de ballet

Aoi Sawano

Corps de ballet


Aoi Sawano was born in Japan. She received her ballet training at the Nashiki Ballet Studio in Tokyo before she came to the John Cranko School in Stuttgart in 2020 from which she graduated in 2022.

She successfully took part in several competitions. In 2017 she won the 1st. Prize at The National Dance Competition of Japan. In 2018 she also won the 1st prizes at the 18th competition of the All Japan Ballet Union as well as at the Japan Grand Prix. At the Japanese semi finals in 2018 she won the 2. Prize. At the Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York City she placed in the top 12 in 2018 and was a finalist in 2019.

During the 2022/23 season Aoi Sawano was an apprentice with the Stuttgart Ballet, in the following season she became a member of the Corps de ballet..
Photo Roman Novitzky


Solo Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Kingdom of Shades, from: La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa): 1st variation
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): carnival
  • Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz): Solo Role
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko): small Swan, Pas de six, Princess of Naples
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): Matryoshka
  • Where does the time go? (Samantha Lynch)

Specially created Roles
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): maid

Specially created Roles at Noverre: Young Choreographers
  • And so am I (Neshama Nashman)
  • Earth Spell (Maya Popova)
  • Le Piège de Gaspard (Emanuele Babici): Ondine
  • Veritas vos liberat (Emanuele Babici)

Corps de ballet roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Bliss (Johan Inger)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko)
  • Kingdom of Shades, from: La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa)
  • Onegin (John Cranko)
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko)
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier)
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): fairy of the forest
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko)

Repertoire as a student
  • Abdallah (August Bournonville): Pas de quarte 1st Act
  • Coppelia (Léo Delibes): Swanilda’s Variation 1st Act
  • Diana and Actaeon (Agrippina Vaganova): Diana’s Variation
  • Don Quixote (Marius Petipa): Kitri’s Variations 1st and 3rd Act
  • La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova ): Gamzatti’s Variation
  • La Esmeralda (Jules Perrot): Esmeralda’s Variation
  • Le Corsaire (Marius Petipa): 3rd Odalisque Variation, Gulnara’s Variation 1st Act, Medora’s Variation 1st Act
  • Salade (John Cranko)
  • Swan Lake (Marius Petipa): Variation Black Swan 3rd Act
  • The Nutcracker (Marius Petipa): The sugar plum fairy Variation
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marius Petipa): Aurora’s Variation 1st Act