An interview with Kaori Nakamura, who plans to retire at the end of this season.
“I’ve had a great, long career,” said Nakamura, between rehearsals last week. “I think it’s time.” Though she’s been fortunate to have had few absences from the stage (most notably, before and after the birth of her daughter Maya, three years ago), she’s beginning to notice that certain roles are becoming more difficult.
“A lot of ballets I can still dance,” she said. “But I don’t want to keep dancing until I look bad.”