Classical or Contemporary?
I love a good contemporary season, because it’s taking ballet and pushing it to the nth degree – seeing what you can use ballet for, and what you can manipulate it into. But then I also love acting, and telling a story. I grew up in a video shop, and one thing that I really enjoyed watching was old English comedy – Monty Python, Blackadder, that kind of stuff. I’m inspired by John Cleese. He’s very engaging, very funny, he can do so many different characters, and I really like to apply that to my work. I want do more than just the smile and the frown – I try to delve deeper. The audience can tell if you’re being fake, if you’re just slapping a character on top of your dance. For instance, you may be the prince, and you just found the princess, so you’re very happy. But you could also think about the prince’s back story – where does he come from, what has taken him to this point? Is he genuinely happy, is he being optimistic? There’s more than just “smile”.