The Artistic Director of English National Ballet answers ten of Prospect's questionsby Prospect Team / July 16, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
First news event you can recall?
A volcanic eruption that produced a landslide in Colombia in 1985. I saw my parents crying looking at the television. I remember seeing a little girl who was trapped in the mud and they tried to save her for days, but they couldn’t. It was devastating.
The book you are most embarrassed you have never yet read?
There are many books I wish I had read, not out of embarrassment but genuine interest. One of them is War and Peace—it is supposed to be one of those books that marks people, and explains the workings of society.
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
You are trying hard enough, try and enjoy the journey more. I think I never felt good enough, and I didn’t want to regret not trying hard enough, but I think there should be time for everything in life.
Which historical figure would you most like to have dinner with?
Sergei Diaghilev and Ninette de Valois. They both transformed the history of ballet, and left an indelible legacy for the future of the art form. I hope Diaghilev would have understood what I’m trying to do at the English National Ballet as it’s very much inspired by what he did with Ballet Russes.
What was your most uncomfortable on-stage moment?
Whenever I didn’t believe in what I was doing. I have never…