Yasuo Atsuji

First Soloist

Yasuo Atsuji was born in Tochigi, Japan. He trained at the Chiyo Ishihara Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School, where he danced Birthday Offering (Principal man). He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006. In 2010 he joined the National Ballet of Japan at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, before rejoining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2013 as a First Artist. He was promoted to Soloist in 2014.

With Birmingham Royal Ballet
Frederick Ashton: Daphnis and Chloë (Pan)
David Bintley: The Prince of the Pagodas (Salamander Prince), Edward II (Baron), Beauty and the Beast (Beast, Birds of the Air), Flowers of the Forest ('Scottish Ballad' lead role), Carmina burana, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Brazilian Woolly Monkey, 'Now Nothing'), Galanteries, Sylvia (Orion, Pirate), Cinderella (Prince's Friends), E=mc² ('Energy'), The King Dances (Cardinal Mazarin)
John Cranko: Brouillards ('Des Pas sur la neige'), Card Game (Six of Hearts), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio)
Hans van Manen: 5 Tangos (principal couple)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt, Mandolin Dance lead), Concerto (Second movement)
Peter Wright: The Nutcracker (Prince, Drosselmeyer), Swan Lake (Prince), Coppélia ('Call to Arms' lead), The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird, Cavalier)

With the National Ballet of Japan
The Nutcracker (Prince), Anna Karenina (Vronsky), Cinderella (Prince), Giselle (Albrecht) and Don Quixote