about kei

Kei Tsuruharatani

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Kei (they/them) was born and raised in Osaka Japan. They started their interest in musical theater in their senior year in high school during the exchange program in US when they were 17. They learned dancing in Japan, LA, and New York intensely at reputable schools: the EDGE, Alvin Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College…


Professionally they have worked for Shiki Theater Company in Japan. They also toured all over the world with different dance companies performing in Kennedy Center, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, National Theater in Taiwan, and Esplanade in Singapore. In New York, they danced at the Metropolitan Opera for 6 seasons in more than 10 productions working with great directors and choreographers; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Peter Seller, Mark Morris, Dough Varone, David McVicar… Some of those productions were internationally played in movie theaters as Metropolitan Opera Live in HD.


In 2013 their US permanent residency was accepted for the extraordinary ability. In 2015 they made his Broadway debut with the King and I at the Lincoln Center, and continued working on Broadway for Miss Saigon Revival experiencing the TONY Awards performance. Recently came back from Europe performing with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Eastman. They were certified as a mindfulness meditation teacher by MNDFL and has been offering tools for healthy living in competitive industry.

2013年には卓越能力を認められアーティストグリーンカード(米国永住権)を取得。2015年に渡辺謙出演のリンカーンセンター「王様と私」でブロードウェイデビューを果たす。続けてブロードウェイリバイバル・ミス・サイゴンにも出演。これを通して、トニー賞でもパフォーマンスをする。近年はヨーロッパでもSidi Larbi CherkaouiのEastmanでもゲスト出演。 現在はニューヨークを拠点に活動中。