Sayaka Ohtaki

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sponsored by Paul and Cheryl Huntsman

Joined Ballet West: 2010
Promoted to Soloist: 2013
Promoted to First Soloist: 2015

2014–15 Season

  • Divertimento #15 (Balanchine) Corps de Ballet, On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado, Fall
  • Giselle (Sklute after Perrot/Coralli) Giselle, Peasant pas de Quatre, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour- Austad Auditorium, Ogden, Utah, Doll, Mirliton Soloist,
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour – Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Snow Queen, Doll, Mirliton Soloist, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Doll, Arabian Soloist, Mirilton Soloist, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Swan Lake (Sklute, after Petipa) Pas de Trois , Italian Princess (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • The Sixth Beauty (Neenan) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York, Mrs.Martin
  • Almost Tango (Fonte) 1st Pas de Trois (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) Woman #1 (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Mrs. Martin
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour – Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Woman #1
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Homage (Adams) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Pulse (Fry) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • The Hunt (Addison) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Facades (Smith) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Divertimento #15 (Balanchine) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas, Corps de Ballet
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas
  • Divertimento #15 (Balanchine) On Tour – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas, Corps de Ballet
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas, Woman #1
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas

2013-14 Season

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Princess Florine, Fairy Beauty, Silver, Spite, White Cat
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian, Flowers lead, Mirlitons lead
  • The Firebird (Christensen) – princess
  • Petite Mort (Kylian) – 1st pas de deux
  • Who Cares? (Balanchine) – demi soloist
  • Divertimento #15 (Balanchine) – principal
  • Forgotten Land – white couple

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her

  • The Rite of Spring (Fonte)

On Tour

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Fairy Beauty – Chicago Auditorium Theatre
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) – Mrs. Martin– Chicago Auditorium Theatre

2012-13 Season

  • Cinderella (Ashton) – Fairy Spring
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian, Flowers lead, Mirlitons lead, Doll
  • Jewels (Balanchine) – Emeralds pas de trois, Rubies, principal, Diamonds demi soloist
  • Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
  • But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett)
  • Trapped (Ruud) pas de quatre

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her

  • The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mr. Martin
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates)
  • Spun (Fry)

On Tour

  • Paquita (Kunikova after Petipa) – soloist – New York Fall for Dance Festival
  • Emeralds (Balanchine) – pas de trois Smith Center, Las Vegas
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Flowers lead, Arabian, Doll – The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2011-12 Season

  • Dracula (Stevenson) – Bride, Old Woman,
  • Don Quixote (Holmes after Petipa) – Kitri/Dulcinea
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Arabian, Flowers lead, Mirlitons lead, Doll
  • Paquita (Kunikova after Petipa) – soloist
  • Emeralds (Balanchine) – pas de trois
  • Petite Mort (Kylian) – 1st pas de deux

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her

  • Forces at Play (Adams)
  • Eevendong (Anderson)

On Tour

  • Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Chicago Dancing Festival
  • The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) Melancholic – Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts
  • Grand Synthesis (Shields) – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

2010-11 Season

  • The Sleeping Beauty (world premiere Sklute after Petipa) – Fairy Beauty, Malice, Diamond
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Arabian, Flowers lead, Mirlitons lead, Doll
  • The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Melancholic
  • Carmina Burana (Butler)
  • Chaconne (Balanchine) – pas de cinq
  • Sinfonietta (Kylian)
  • Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
  • Trapped (Ruud) – pas de quatre

Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her

  • Fall into Loving Arms (Mattingly)
  • Regarding Us (Adams)

On Tour

  • Serenade (Balanchine) – Chicago Dancing Festival

2009-10 Season

  • Serenade (Balanchine)
  • Stars & Stripes (Balanchine)
  • Agon (Balanchine)

Additional Information: In 2005, Sayaka Ohtaki became a freelance performer, touring throughout Japan. She has guest appeared with Komaki Ballet, Japan Ballet Association, and Piccolo Ballet, dancing Principal roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Paquita, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Napoli, and Don Quixote. In 2007, Ohtaki was invited to perform with the National Theatre of Ulan-Bator, Mongolia to celebrate diplomatic relations. She relocated to New York City in 2008 and trained with David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland, Igal Perry and Ludmila Raianova. Ohtaki has worked with contemporary dance companies such as Thang Dao Dance Company and Collective Body Dance Lab. She also models leotards for LIGNES in New York.

photo by Luke Isley