Yuka Oishi and San Francisco Ballet rehearsing her BOLERO // © Chris Hardy



Listen to Yuka Oishi talk about BOLERO, the new work she created for next@90 festival, which ran January 21 to February 8.


The talented Yuka Oishi makes her United States choreographic debut for SF Ballet’s next@90 festival.

Oishi began her dance training at Masako Ohya Ballet Institute in Japan and joined The Hamburg Ballet in the 2002–03 Season, where she was promoted to Soloist in 2010.  Since 2015 Oishi has been working as a freelance choreographer and dancer. She has been active not only in the field of ballet but also in musicals and music videos. She choreographed RENKU with Orkan Dann for The Hamburg Ballet in 2012 and received the “Rolf Mares Prize” for the most outstanding production of the year. In 2018, she choreographed a piece called Ku for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne that drew influence from Japanese culture and brought the dancers’ bodies to move poetically throughout the stage. 

Oishi has also choreographed for Bundes Jugend Ballet, Origen Festival Cultural, Sadamatsu-Hamada Ballet, The Tokyo Ballet, Takarazuka Revue, Shoko Nakamura, Natalia Osipova, Sergei Polunin, and Gil Roman. 

When asked about her next@90 debut, and stepping into the scene in the United States, Oishi said: “I feel a strange mixture of excitement and thrill.” We do too.