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Brett Simon

Brett Simon

You joined The Australian Ballet in 2009 – what’s been the most rewarding part of dancing with the company?
Being able to perform so often. I love the fact that we put on so many performances every year. It's hard work, but it's also very rewarding because performing is my favourite part about this job.

What's your dream role?
Des Grieux in Manon. I was a child extra with The Australian Ballet in Adelaide when I was 11 (I'm even on the DVD!) and I've loved this ballet ever since.

Who your favourite choreographer is and why?
I enjoy Forsythe works. I've danced his Steptext and I thoroughly enjoyed the way the choreography is classical ballet but pushed to the extreme, to a level that feels beyond your limits. I also love Stephen Page's work - to dance and to watch. I feel it has a history and honesty to it, which I really admire.

What are you reading and listening to at the moment?
Two albums that I bought recently: We Are Born by Sia and All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu by Rufus Wainwright. I'm also in the middle of reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.

You recently travelled to your hometown of Adelaide to perform The Silver Rose. What was the best thing about being home?
Seeing my family when I got home at the end of the day.

What did you do on your time off when you were in Adelaide?
I drove some of my friends from work to Henley Beach on our day off but I mostly did the family thing: saw my Grandparents and spent time with my mum and sister.



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