Interviews
Luca Silvestrini in action.© Angelo Bellotti. (Click image for larger version)

Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein Dance

Deloitte Ignite 2014 is about to open and Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance are part of it. Time to catch up with Silvestrini because it’s not your ‘standard’ dance show…

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The Work of Mikhail Fokine – Q&A with Isabelle Fokine

Born in Paris in 1958, Isabelle Fokine is the daughter of Vitale Fokine and granddaughter of choreographer Mikhail Fokine. She is artistic director of the Fokine Estate Archive, which holds the worldwide copyright to his work.

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Shiori Kase – First Soloist, English National Ballet

5 Questions to Shiori Kase. ENB soloist Shiori Kase is on a roll – only yesterday promoted to First Soloist (as of September), she’s just won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Jackson International Ballet Competition in the USA and is about to make her debut in Coppelia…

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Paul White – Dancer, Collaborator, Lecturer and Choreographer

5 Questions to Paul White. Last year Australian Paul White danced at the Southbank Centre in Meryl Tankard’s ‘The Oracle’ and won a UK National Dance Award for Outstanding Performance. This week he dances in a new piece at the Southbank – another winner? We catch up with him…

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Andris Liepa and Georgy Isaakyan – Bringing Diaghilev Back: Recreating the Russian Seasons

Graham Watts, visited the Natalia Sats Theatre in Moscow, earlier this year, to talk to both Liepa and Isaakyan about their new production of Le Coq d’Or.

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Boris Eifman – Artistic Director, Eifman Ballet

Graham Watts met up with the choreographer on a recent visit to St Petersburg to discuss his career and to ask what London audiences might expect from Rodin…

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Rafael Bonachela – Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

Rafael Bonachela has just started his sixth year as artistic director of Sydney Dance Company… This year is the company’s 45th anniversary and Bonachela is, as ever, full of plans, excited about them all and brimming over with enthusiasm…

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Ivan Putrov – Dancer, Choreographer and Director of Men in Motion

“I want audiences to leave inspired, not scratching themselves in boredom.”

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Sharon Watson – Artistic director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Funding is my biggest frustration. Compared to others, we receive peanuts. We have to strip everything back. That can be healthy – forcing me to scrutinise why I want something and concentrating on production values.

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Ormsby Wilkins – Britten’s Sylphs and other Musical Questions for ABT’s Music Director

ABT’s run of Les Sylphides this season are different – after research, the company, under their musical director Ormsby Wilkins, have rediscovered a 1941 orchestration by Benjamin Britten. Marina Harss reveals all in conversation with Wilkins…

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Wim Vandekeybus – Choreographer and Director of Ultima Vez

“A visit from Ultima Vez is something special” says Lise Smith interviewing its founder and choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus, about his latest project, ‘booty Looting’, a collaboration with photographer Danny Willems and which opens at London’s Southbank next week – 12 November…

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Ashley Page – Choreographer

Music is always my anchor. I can’t work without a very solid musical base. The lion’s share of the work I’ve made over the years has been music-led and the primary instigator in Subterrain is the Turnage music.

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John Heginbotham – choreographer, performer and director of Dance Heginbotham

Dance Heginbotham premieres a new full evening work, Dark Theater, later this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – Marina Harss talks to choreographer John Heginbotham about his latest work…

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Susan Jones – Ballet Mistress, American Ballet Theatre

My father asked my original teacher in Rockville, Ms. Hood, whether it was viable for me to become a dancer, and she said she thought I could, even though I wasn’t blessed with beautiful legs and feet. But I had a lot of other assets…

Michaela DePrince.© Jade Young.

Michaela DePrince – Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet

An interview with Michaela DePrince ex Dance Theatre of Harlem and now with the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. Marina Harss talks to her about life and motivations and, inevitably, about DePrince often being a different colour to most other dancers on ballet stages and the issues around that…

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Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wherever Virginia Johnson goes, she seems to travel on a cloud, with a kind of regal composure few possess in our day. She appears imperturbable…

Mark Bruce.© Mark Bruce.

Mark Bruce – Choreographer and Company Director

5 Questions to Mark Bruce about his up and coming premiere and UK tour of ‘Dracula’….

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Alexei Ratmansky – Balletic Musings, a Continuing Conversation

Do you perceive a difference between the musicality of American dancers and that of Russian dancers? AR: There is a huge difference in the musicality. I often found Russian dancers unmusical… But they have other qualities…

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Andrej Uspenski – Photographer, Royal Ballet First Artist

Words with the man and thoughts on the Behind the Scenes at The Royal Ballet book from Graham Watts. Details of his next book too – on Natalia Osipova…

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Edward Villella – Founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet

After twenty-six years in Miami, Edward Villella is back in New York, just across the East River from his old stomping grounds in Bayside Queens. He was an unlikely danseur, a scrappy kid…

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