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Russell Maliphant, Choreographer & Artistic Director looks back over his career and towards 25 years of Russell Maliphant Dance Company
In this podcast Russell Maliphant, the critically acclaimed, award winning choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Russell Maliphant Dance Company, discusses his career and work that firmly places this artist as one of Britain's most important choreographers creating work today.  Next year, Russell Maliphant Dance Company is set to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Listen to Russell share his journey from training with The Royal Ballet School, dancing with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet), before deciding to forge an independent dance career, that led to him establishing Russell Maliphant Dance Company. Russell is a deeply considered artist, eternally curious and highly academic. Listen to Russell as he discusses his interest and research into anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, Rolf Method of Structural Integration, somatic practice and more. He also talks about his exploration of flow and energy and the relationship between movement, light and music in his award winning work. Russell Maliphant (c) Panayiotis Sinnos At the time of this podcast recording, dance was just returning to the stage in London and unfortunately due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the UK and Europe, performances have again been cancelled or delayed. Russell Maliphant choreographed a piece for English National Ballet's REUNION - which was to be their first live performance since the initial lockdown - unfortunately this is currently delayed. Russell Maliphant Dance Company is scheduled to perform in Europe in early 2021. The company has also made their Digital Archives available and they are also holding online classes, workshops and more. Stay up to date with Russell Maliphant Dance Company performance dates and discover more here. PRESS PLAY!
76:01 11/07/2020
Wayne Eagling, acclaimed choreographer, former Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet & Royal Ballet Principal looks back on his career
English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet former Artistic Director, former Royal Ballet Senior Principal Dancer and world renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling, talks to The Wonderful World of Dance about his dance career, training with Dame Ninette de Valois, working with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton, life at the famous Royal Opera House and hanging out with his friend Rudolf Nureyev. In this podcast, Wayne gives an insight into his 22 years with The Royal Ballet, his time as Artistic Director for the Dutch National Ballet and returning home after 14 years to become the Artistic Director of the English National Ballet. This wonderful conversation also looks into his extensive body of choreographic work for top companies around the world from The Royal Ballet, La Scala, Rome Opera Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Kremlin Ballet and during his tenures at English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet. New English Ballet Theatre in 'REMEMBRANCE' by Wayne Eagling. Photo by Deborah Jaffe Wayne talks about his latest project, working with the New English Ballet Theatre who premiered on YouTube, his dynamic narrative ballet, ‘REMEMBRANCE’, (available on YouTube until 15 December 2020). REMEMBRANCE tells the universal story of love, loss and war based on the life of Dame Marie Rambert – founder of Britain’s first and oldest ballet company – and her husband, the playwright Ashley Dukes. Listen to Wayne talk about working with the New English Ballet Theatre, rehearsing with the dancers and seeing his work move online during the coronavirus pandemic. NEBT in 'REMEMBRANCE' by Wayne Eagling. Photo by Deborah Jaffe PRESS PLAY!
57:46 11/06/2020
Viviana Durante, new Artistic Director of English National Ballet School on challenges facing students during covid and her vision for the future
Viviana Durante is an international ballet star and former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala and K-Ballet.  Hailed as one of the most dramatic dancers of her time, Viviana has forged an esteemed career as an Artistic Director, Producer, Coach, Judge and Author. In this podcast, Viviana talks about training at the Royal Ballet School, dancing with The Royal Ballet, establishing her own company and the influence on her new role as the Artistic Director of English National Ballet School, following her appointment just a year ago as the School's Dance Director.  Viviana also shares her experience as the Artistic Director of Viviana Durante Company and curating ground breaking programmes, featuring a roster of famous dancers from The Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet. Listen to Viviana's vision for the English National Ballet School, the rigours of ballet training, the challenges faced by students during the covid pandemic, and how the School is supporting their young dancers as they return to class. PRESS PLAY!
30:34 10/19/2020
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet, Principal Dancer on her lockdown dance life, #Turnoutwithtiler & creating A New Stage
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet Principal is not only a famous ballerina in the US, she has become a global household name following her uber successful live ballet classes #turnoutwithtiler, launched during the covid pandemic. In this podcast, Tiler gives an insight into her inspiration for starting the online classes and the incredible feedback received from dancers around the world. Tiler shares one special story about a dancer in Iran, who was able to take class in the privacy of her own home, in a country where dancing in public is forbidden. This is the power of dance, and the power of digital dance during the pandemic. Listen to Tiler talk about her experience of lockdown and months away from the studio, following an extensive break from dancing as a result of a serious neck injury last year. In Tiler's uplifting style, she shares how she has been dealing with dancing at home and how she's ensuring she's ready for when the New York City Ballet is able to perform live. She also gives some insightful advice for other dancers, who are in a similar situation waiting for dance to return to the stage. Tiler has used this time away from the studio and rehearsals to create A New Stage, which is having its world premiere online on 16 October (then available to stream). Hear Tiler talk about curating and staring in A New Stage, which includes three new pieces from ballet to hip-hop to tap; working with Lil Buck, Sierra Boggess, Brooklyn Mack and the Syncopated Ladies, who take the stage in works by Chloe Arnold and Jennifer Weber, and a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon. PRESS PLAY!
34:29 10/15/2020
Hofesh Shechter – Acclaimed Choreographer, Composer, Artistic Director on his movement language, inspirations & choreographic process
Hofesh Shechter is an award winning, critically acclaimed choreographer, composer and artistic director of the ground-breaking and mind-blowing Hofesh Shechter Company. The renowned contemporary dance company presents work that is deeply visceral with performances that are spellbindingly raw, often raging, completely unexpected and a full assault on the senses. Hofesh talks in this podcast about growing up in Israel, travelling to Europe, and arriving in London to dance with the Jasmin Vardimon Company, before deciding take a year out to create his own work, which led to the formation of his own company. Listen to Hofesh describe his movement language, how he creates new work, his inspirations, and how he works with the dancers to deliver powerful performances of his distinct choreographic vocabulary. Hofesh also talks about the impact of lockdown and the shift to focus on digital, with the collaboration with Sadler’s Wells. Their Digital Stage In Focus series gives you the opportunity to take one of Hofesh Shechter Company workshops and learn exerts from his distinctive choreography. PRESS PLAY!
36:35 10/09/2020
American Ballet Theatre, Soloist, Gabe Stone Shayer on dancing with Misty Copeland & launching Creative Genesis to give dancers work during lockdown
American Ballet Theatre Soloist, Gabe Stone Shayer talks in this podcast about his journey from Philadelphia to becoming the first African-American male graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the first in the 250 year history of this prestigious school. Gabe shares his experience of dancing and living in Moscow, touring with the Bolshoi Ballet and returning to the US to join the American Ballet Theatre. Having performed many soloist and principal roles over the years, and creating roles with the acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, Gabe was promoted to Soloist during the lockdown and awaits to return to perform on stage. During the lockdown, Gabe has drawn on his love of choreography and launched the Creative Genesis project and has raised more than $30,000 to go towards creating and presenting new choreographic work. This project importantly helps support other dancers during these covid times, giving them work and an opportunity to perform as they wait for the theatres to reopen.   You can DONATE HERE to the Creative Genesis project! PRESS PLAY!
50:46 10/07/2020
Akram Khan, critically acclaimed choreographer celebrates 20 Year Anniversary of Akram Khan Company
Akram Khan MBE is without doubt one of the most innovative and important choreographers of our time. He has created some of the most profound and moving works over the last 20 years of Akram Khan Company, a company he founded with Farooq Chaudry. In this podcast, Akram talks about his experience of lockdown that led to feelings of depression, caused by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. He gives us an insight into how he began creating again and collaborating on their 20th celebration programme The Silent Burn Project. Akram looks back over his dance career; from his dance training in Kathak South Asian classical dance and contemporary dance, to the influences and inspirations that led to him choreographing works that tell stories which critically address subjects ranging from power, oppression and racism. Listen to Akram talk about his approach to creating new works, his process of working with his visual, musical and design collaborators and dancers when he goes in the studio. In this intimate discussion, Akram reflects on his career highlights, on working with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley, prima ballerina Sylvie Guillem CBE, creating Giselle with English National Ballet, and his hotly anticipated premiere of ENB's Creature which has been delayed due to coronavirus. We also talk about his creations; Dust, Until the Lions, Xenos, DESH and more. As we delve into Akram Khan Company, Akram gives a glimpse of what to expect from The Silent Burn Project, which features world famous prima ballerina Misty Copeland, plus dance short films, debates and more exciting content to celebrate the last two decades of this astounding company. The Silent Burn Project premieres worldwide for FREE via livestream on the company's website, YouTube channel and Facebook Live on 4 October 2020 at midday UK time. PRESS PLAY!   Also available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other podcast providers!
57:54 09/30/2020
Principal dancer Carlo di Lanno on joining Semperoper Ballett during the pandemic and preparing to perform to a socially distanced audience
Principal dancer Carlo di Lanno moved from San Francisco Ballet to Semperoper Ballett in Germany just as the coronavirus pandemic started to hit Europe. After arriving in the company's home in the city of Dresden, Carlo immediately quarantined for two weeks before going into the studio to take company class and start rehearsals for the season that has already seen cancellations. Listen to Carlo talk about his lockdown dance experience and what it's like joining a new ballet company when required to socially distance from your colleagues, while taking class metres apart from another, on rotating schedules. Semperoper Ballett is stepping back on stage with a series of gala events called »Semper Essenz: We Will Dance!«, being performed at the wonderful opera house accompanied by their world-famous orchestra.  With so many dance companies around the world cancelling their entire seasons, furloughing dancers and making staff redundant, it is uplifting to see ballet dancers set to perform to live audiences with a live orchestra - it's almost semi-normal! Carlo also shares his journey from growing up in south Italy to dancing with La Scala in Milan, Staatsballett Berlin and moving to San Francisco Ballet and working with world renowned choreographers William Forsythe, David Dawson, Benjamin B. Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon and more. »Semper Essenz: We Will Dance!« is on 25 September and 1, 4, 16, 18 & 25 October 2020 - get your tickets. Photo: Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno in On the Nature of Daylight by Ian Whalen PRESS PLAY! Podcast also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other podcast providers!
38:21 09/23/2020
English National Ballet’s Isabelle Brouwers on her lockdown dance life, going back to the studio & dancing in a mask
In this podcast, English National Ballet's Isabelle Brouwers gives us an insight into her lockdown experience that coincided with recovering from an injury; she also talks about how she prepared to return to the studio and what it's like dancing with a mask. It is an understatement to say that Covid has presented enormous challenges for the dance industry. Dancers have been especially hit, as they have strived to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing within the confines of their homes, often isolated and separated from their families as well as their dance colleagues. And this is before the industry-wide redundancies, covid infections and shifting government policies restricting and delaying live performances around the world. Isabelle Brouwers, English National Ballet (c) Nath Martin However, throughout this period Isabelle has remained positive. She shares how she used the time at home with her sister to rehabilitate her injured foot, while taking courses to further her academic career, and writing about dance and reviewing online shows. These goals helped to keep her focused and ensure she was ready to return to ENB's new multi-million pound home in East London. Listen to Isabelle describe the feeling of finally being back in the studio, and how the company has managed the dancers' return to keep them safe, with staggered start times, one-way systems and dance social 'bubbles'. Isabelle is absolutely relishing being back at the barre, even though this means taking company class in a mask - something dancers around the world are having to get used to. It's intriguing to hear a dancer describe how a small piece of cloth has an impact on how a dancer experiences their space, their body and their artform. Isabelle Brouwers, English National Ballet (c) Alex Fine Isabelle also looks back at her journey from Germany to the Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School; her experience of joining ENB where she's risen through the ranks from the corps de ballet to First Artist. Isabelle talks about picking up awards including Youth America Grand Prix (2007), Genée International Ballet Competition (Silver Medal 2013), Young British Dancer of the Year in 2013 with nominations in 2015 & 2016, and ENB's Emerging Dancer Finalist in 2017. As Isabelle looks to the future, she discusses how Covid is affecting the upcoming season that would normally see her touring the UK and the world. And after six years with the company, she's drawing on her experiences of working with acclaimed choreographers like Akram Khan and the hope of performing his new work 'Creature' later this year, to keep her inspired as the dance world and devoted audiences wait for live performances to recommence and for the show to go on. PRESS PLAY or LISTEN ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PODCASTS, SPOTIFY! Isabelle Brouwers, English National Ballet (c) Nathan Carlson Isabelle Brouwers, English National Ballet (c) Alexander Yip
54:16 08/23/2020
Guillaume Côté – National Ballet of Canada Principal, Choreographer & Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur
In this podcast, National Ballet of Canada acclaimed Principal dancer and award winning Associate Choreographer Guillaume Côté talks about his 22 year career with the company that has fostered his drive to create roles and new ballets and perform across the world with companies including La Scala Theatre Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Guillaume is also the Artistic Director of Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur - one of the largest summer dance festivals in Canada. This year’s 29th festival is forging ahead and responding to the challenges of covid by launching a new project called 'A Shared Solitude', with 20 artists, 20 creations, forming 1 voice. Each week from 5 July works will be released online from artists including: Daina Ashbee on a score by Alejandra Odgers performed by flautist Caroline SéguinMarie Chouinard on a score by Louis Dufort performed by percussionist Alexandre LavoieGuillaume Côté with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano on a score by Éric ChampagneAnne Plamondon on a score by Cléo Palacio-Quintin performed by trombonist Patrick RicherCrazy Smooth on a score by Marc Hyland performed by clarinetist Simon Aldrich Listen to Guillaume talk about the how the 20 artists have created works during lockdown, life as a principal dancer, his love of music, his passion for ballet, being a dad and his partnership with his wife, fellow principal dancer Heather Ogden. PRESS PLAY! Also available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and with other podcast providers! Guillaume Côté. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic (courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada) Guillaume Côté. Photo by Karolina Kuras
48:46 06/19/2020
Royal Ballet First Soloist Mayara Magri & Choreographer Ruth Mair Howard-Jones on creating lockdown dance film ‘SONO CON TE’
In this podcast, Royal Ballet First Soloist Mayara Magri and Choreographer Ruth Mair Howard-Jones talk about creating the lockdown dance film 'Sono Con Te', which translates in English to 'I Am With You'. Sono Con Te features 29 dancers from 18 countries and companies including Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Cape Town City Ballet, New Adventures and more. These artists have come together to share the message of love and unity during these challenges times. Listen to Ruth and Mayara talk about the inspiration behind the film, the creative process, filming with social distancing on the quiet streets of London. Sono Con Te is out now - watch on YouTube. PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and with other podcast providers!
44:11 06/12/2020
Royal Ballet’s Leticia Dias shares her journey from Rio to London, lockdown dance life and new film ‘SONO CON TE’
In this podcast, Royal Ballet Artist Leticia Dias joins us from Rio where she has been staying with her family during lockdown. Listen to Leticia talk about growing up and studying ballet in Rio, winning a Prix de Lausanne scholarship that took her to the Royal Ballet Upper School at the age of 16. She describes her experience of adjusting to life in the city, the amazing performance opportunities she received while at the school and joining the Birmingham Royal Ballet before finding her home with The Royal Ballet. Leticia shares her life as an artist of the company, how she's dealing with life in lockdown, staying in shape and taking care of her health and wellbeing, plus dancing in lockdown dance film 'SONO CON TE', (which means I Am With You in English). Created by Ruth Mair Howard-Jones, and choreographed via Zoom to share the message of love and unity during these challenging times. PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and with other podcast providers!
30:53 06/12/2020
BalletBoyz Artistic Directors Michael Nunn & William Trevitt celebrate 20 years with ‘Deluxe’
Good news feels a little hard to come by these days. So it's exciting to see the critically acclaimed, award winning BalletBoyz 20th anniversary celebrations continuing with an online presentation of Deluxe by Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Sadler’s Wells will showcase Deluxe as part of new Digital Stage - a free online performance platform, created in response to the cancellation of shows across its theatres as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Deluxe will form part of the launch on Friday 27 March 2020, World Theatre Day, which can be accessed via Sadler’s Wells Facebook page at 7.30 pm and will be available for seven days - so mark this in your diaries! Just as Covid-19 was starting to hit London, we interviewed BalletBoyz Artistic Directors, former Royal Ballet Dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Michael and William talk in this podcast about leaving The Royal Ballet after 12 years to create their own company and moving from classical to modern dance. They also look back at the pieces that are special to the company, talk about their studio process and share what makes a BalletBoyz dancer. With a long history of dance filmmaking, Michael and William talk about making the stunning Romeo and Juliet, winning the Palm d’Or, and their next dance film project (you’ll have to listen to find out which classical ballet they’re taking to the screen next!). Listen to the Artistic Directors talk about the choreographers of the two pieces in Deluxe - Shanghai-based dancer and choreographer Xie Xin and Punchdrunk choreographer Maxine Doyle. We’re so excited that Deluxe is coming to Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage on 27 March 2020 at 7.30pm. PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and with other podcast providers! BalletBoyz presents Deluxe. Photo by George Piper   Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Photo by Rick Guest.
29:47 03/24/2020
Christine Shevchenko, American Ballet Theatre Principal on her favourite roles, injury prevention, inspirations & advice 
Christine Shevchenko, Principal, American Ballet Theatre shares her journey from Ukraine to the States, becoming the youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award, rising through the ranks of ABT from corps de ballet to soloist and being promoted to principal. Listen to Christine talk about her love of ABT inspired by ballet greats Dame Alicia Markova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She also gives an insight into life as a principal dancer, her approach to preparing for new roles, how to maintain her body and prevent injuries; plus how she relaxes outside of the studio (ps it includes cakes and cookies!). Christine talks about preparing for a busy season with Giselle, Swan Lake and Theme and Variations (check dates and programme) and shares her advice for aspiring dancers. Following Christine on IG. PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and with other podcasts providers! Christine Shevchenko. Photo by NYCDanceProject Ken Browar and Deborah Ory Christine Shevchenko. Photo by Rod Brayman
37:14 03/14/2020
Sir Richard Alston says farewell to Richard Alston Dance Company as he looks back over his 50 year career and to the future
In this podcast, Sir Richard Alston looks back over his 50-year career that included training with Merce Cunningham, leading Rambert as artistic director and establishing his own company Richard Alston Dance Company more than 25 years ago, building it into one of the most renowned contemporary dance companies and forging a critically acclaimed and award-winning choreographic career comprising more than 100 works. Listen to Richard talk about his decision to fold his company due to a lack of funding from the UK's Arts Council and how he has responded by looking to the next stage in his choreographic career that's sees him take up the role of Resident Choreographer with the New York Theatre Ballet. Richard Alston Dance Company - Detour. Photo by Chris Nash This podcast shares a unique opportunity to hear from one of the most important living contemporary dance choreographers of our time, and listen to his own words as he describes how he creates new work, his inspirations and special moments from his esteemed career. Richard Alston Dance Company is saying farewell with a tour entitled 'The Final Edition’, which is coming to London’s Sadler's Wells on 7 & 8 March, giving his devoted audiences an opportunity to say goodbye to a company that they have loved and grown up with over the years. If you’re in Cambridge you can see The Final Edition on 2 & 3 March - for tickets: PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and with other podcasts providers! Richard Alston. Photo by Hugo Glendinning
79:51 03/01/2020
Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Choreographer & Artistic Director on creating SystemsLAB
In this podcast, British-born choreographer, performer and educator, Freddie Opoku-Addaie shares his journey from East London to studying at London’s top contemporary dance school and going on to create a successful freelance career working with renowned companies such as Clod Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance and more. Freddie is also the Founder and Artistic Director of SystemsLAB, a platform that gives opportunities to a range of artists to showcase their work. Listen to Freddie talk about curating the SystemsLAB mixed bill, featuring the work of THĒO INART, Becky Namgauds, Ffion Campbell-Davies/ tyroneisaacstuart and hip hop legend Jonzi D; through which he raises interesting and important questions about contemporary dance history and the framework and voices within the industry. SystemsLAB Triple Bill is showing 6 March at University of Canterbury and 12 and 13 March at Trinity Laban. Follow Freddie and SystemLabs on Instagram! PRESS PLAY!
34:12 02/22/2020
Ballet Hispanico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro on celebrating their 50th Anniversary
In this podcast, Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispanico, choreographer and former principal dancer talks about his dance career, training with Martha Graham Company and The Alvin Ailey School, launching his own company and leading America’s leading Latino dance organisation. This year Ballet Hispanico celebrates their 50th Anniversary. Listen to Eduardo talk about curating the celebratory programme that features renowned choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller, Ramón Oller, Vicente Nebrada, Pedro Ruiz, Graciela Daniele, as well as a piece of his own. Ballet Hispanico - Melissa Verdecia. Photo by Rachel Neville Eduardo also shares the history of the company and his vision for its future, plus the important education and community work to explore and engage more dancers and audiences in Latino culture and dance. He also gives his insights into the challenges facing dancers today and has some words of advice. Ballet Hispanico 50th Anniversary programme is heading on a USA and international tour – check dates and locations here. Follow Eduardo and Ballet Hispanico on Instagram: @ervilaro  @ballethispanico PRESS PLAY! Ballet Hispanico - Antonio Cangiano and Shelby Colona. Photo by Rachel Neville Eduardo Vilaro Headshot with Flower. Photo by Rachel Neville
32:30 02/22/2020
Jennifer Archibald, Choreographer & Artistic Director on ‘What it means to be a woman’
Jennifer Archibald, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Arch Dance Company, is set to premiere her new work for Nashville Ballet as part of their 'Other Voices' programme. Other Voices brings together four renowned choreographers to create new works that explore gender. Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling set 4 questions for the choreographers: - what does it mean to be a man - what does it mean to be a woman - what does it mean to be both - what does it mean to be neither In this podcast, Jennifer talks about how she created work in response to: 'what does it mean to be a woman', plus she describes her process for working with dancers. Nashville Ballet - Other Voices She also shares her journey from training with The Alvin Ailey School to becoming a choreographer and creating work for top companies across the USA, including the Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, and Ailey II. Jennifer Archibald is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and she gives an insight into running her own company and choreographing for her dancers. Check out Nashville Ballet's 'Other Voices' programme dates here. Follow Jennifer Archibald and Arch Dance Company on Instagram! PRESS PLAY! Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast providers!
35:06 02/12/2020
Lizzie Gough, Dancer, Choreographer, TV and Dance Judge on building a successful freelance dance career
In this podcast with Lizzie Gough - dancer, choreographer, TV dance judge and mentor - we discuss life of a freelance artist and her upcoming role in Kate Prince's 'A Message In A Bottle'. Lizzie gives us an insight into how she created a successful freelance street dance career in the UK and abroad, that has included exciting projects in dance, theatre, film and TV. You may have seen Lizzie on So You Think You Can Dance, where she came third, and she's been featured on the BBC, plus danced in music videos, commercials and on stage in shows like ZooNation's smash-hit sensation Some Like It Hip Hop. Lizzie is not only dancing in Kate Prince's ‘A Message In A Bottle’, she's also the Assistant Choreographer. Listen to Lizzie share her experience working with Kate Prince and music from Sting in this show that deals with the important issue of refugees through dance. This podcast gives a great insight into the life of a freelancer, how it works, the challenges, what it's like to audition, how to deal with injuries as Lizzie shares her advice for other dancers looking to build a freelance career. Check out Lizzie in ‘A Message In A Bottle’ at Sadler’s Wells from 6 February to 21 March 2020. PRESS PLAY! Lizzie Gough. Photo by Roos van der Hoeven Message in a Bottle. Photo by Johan Persson
29:30 02/05/2020
Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-Founder, co-Artistic Director & Choreographer Dwight Rhoden
In this podcast, Dwight Rhoden, Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-Founder, co-Artistic Director and Choreographer, talks about his dance career that kicked off at the late age of 17 and led him to become a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, before setting up his own company. Together with the legendary Desmond Richardson, they founded the groundbreaking and award-winning Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 1994. Listen to Dwight share his journey from dancer to choreographer and creating over 60 works for Complexions and other top companies around the world. Dwight also gives us an insight into his role as Artistic Director, and what type of dancer he looks for to join the company. Through his work with Complexions Contemporary Ballet Education Initiatives, Dwight aims to inspire nextgen dancers and he shares with us his words of advice to help dancers succeed. New York-based Complexions is heading on tour across Germany, and Dwight has a full roster of new and remounted work with the Atlanta Ballet - Heart/Beat that features live gospel music, Pittsburg Ballet with Simon Says to music by Paul Simon and new work with the West Australian Ballet. Check out dates and location here. PRESS PLAY!   Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts! Dwight Rhoden Complexions Ballet's Jared Brunson & Daniela O'Neil - THEGINGERB3ARDMEN
43:08 02/01/2020
Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater looks back on working with ballet greats Ashton, Balanchine, Forsythe & to the company’s future
In this podcast former principal dancer and Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater talks about his experience of leading the company for the last 13 years. Born in Scotland, Ashley was recently appointed MBE by the Queen for his exceptional service to dance in the UK. Ashley began his esteemed career training at The Royal Ballet School before joining the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) and moving across the world to dance with The Australian Ballet and then onto the Joffrey Ballet and finally the San Francisco Ballet until he retired following an injury. Joffrey Artists Greig Matthews and Amanda Assucena. Photo by Cheryl Mann. Listen to Ashley share his experience of working with ballet greats including Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, David Bintley and more, plus acclaimed choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Cathy Marsden, Stephanie Martinez, Justin Peck, Yuri Possokhov...and the list continues! As Artistic Director, Ashley gives an insight into building on the legacy of founding director, choreographer and dancer Robert Joffrey, what he looks for in dancers, how a company without a hierarchy works, his advice for the next generation of dancers, plus his vision for the future. PRESS PLAY.
36:23 01/21/2020
Precious Adams, English National Ballet, First Artist gives an insight into her dance life
In this podcast, Precious Adams, English National Ballet, First Artist shares her journey from the US to training in Canada, Europe and Moscow, before moving to the UK to dance with the English National Ballet. Precious is a rising ballet star who is celebrated for her artistry, technique and her contributions to improving diversity in the dance industry. We featured Precious in The Wonderful World of Dance Magazine (Act 5) along with stunning photos captured by Dean Barucija, Pickled Thoughts Photography which showcase her elegance and stunning lines. Listen to Precious talk about how she uses her varied training in the studio as she switches from Russian to English technique, her transition into company and touring life at ENB as well as how she deals with the demands of dance life, studying and building a side business. Precious is an inspiration and a role model for aspiring dancers and she gives great advice and insights into life as a professional ballerina. PRESS PLAY. Precious Adams. Photo by Pickled Thoughts
23:47 01/15/2020
Alina Cojocaru, Principal Ballerina on creating her new show, her love of dance and some unexpected words of wisdom
Alina Cojocaru is the much loved principal with the English National Ballet and guest artist with the Hamburg Ballet who has garnered adoring fans and numerous accolades throughout her illustrious career. We're in for a real treat as Alina is presenting her own curated programme of classical and contemporary pieces at Sadler's Wells Theatre, simply called: 'Alina at Sadler's Wells'. In this podcast, Alina talks about how she selected each piece for her programme that includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s divine Marguerite and Armand. She also gives a heartfelt introduction to the special guests who'll be joining her on stage, including her partner the Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg. The softly spoken ballerina shares her experience gained from dancing with The Royal Ballet, Kiev National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and ENB. She takes us behind the scenes of her dance life and gives an insight into curating her own show. And lastly, Alina gives some pearls of wisdom for the next generation of dancers, some of which may be surprising. A wonderful conversation with an incredible dancer, a deeply considered artist and an inspiring woman. Alina at Sadler's Wells runs from 20 to 23 February. PRESS PLAY or LISTEN ON ITUNES (or any of your favourite apps)   Alina Cojocaru. Photo by Morgan Norman Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg. Photo by Morgan Norman
60:18 01/14/2020
Acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa on creating work for over 60 top companies and premiere of her full length Frida Kahlo ballet
The critically acclaimed award-winning Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a choreographer that you need to know. A prolific artist, she has created dance works for over 60 top ballet and dance companies including: English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Black, Dance Theatre of Harlem and so many more. Annabelle has recently been bestowed another award, receiving the Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Award to add to her long list of accolades. In this podcast, Annabelle shares her inspiration for the many unique works that she's choreographed, including the incredible biopic of Frida Kahlo 'Broken Wings' created for ENB, which she has turned into a full length ballet for the Dutch National Ballet (premiering in February), plus the award-winning A Street Car Named Desire. Listen to Annabelle talk about her career as a professional dancer, her move to create full-time, her creative process and how she works with dancers to devise stunning works for theatre, opera, musical theatre and dance. PRESS PLAY. Katja Khaniukova as Frida with ENB Artists in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings. Photo by Laurent Liotardo
49:09 01/14/2020
‘CUNNINGHAM’ filmmaker Alla Kovgan on the visionary choreographer
In this podcast we take a look at the life of one of the most visionary and influential choreographers in the world, Merce Cunnigham. The legendary dancer and choreographer's journey from struggling artist to rejected and misunderstood creator and finally to becoming a celebrated icon, is told in a beautiful new 3D film simply titled ‘Cunningham’. Dance filmmaker Alla Kovgan shares her experience of bringing the artist and his work to the screen through archive footage of the man himself talking about his ideas, his creative process and his perseverance that saw him defy all detractors as he developed a new technique and a body of work that challenged the way people thought about dance. The 3D element adds to the film, making it an immersive experience as you become absorbed into the Cunningham's world and go inside his dance company and hear from dancers who worked with him over the years. The film shows excerpts from a wide range of Cunningham's works from 1944–1972, that are re-imagined and presented in unique locations such as rooftops, forests, gardens, modern buildings and more. Listen to Alla talk about the inspiration for the film, her insights into dance filmmaking and discovering the man behind the movement and exploring the collaborations with visual artist Robert Rauschenberg and composer John Cage. You can watch Cunningham in cinemas across UK, Europe and US, for locations and dates from December 2019 check out: PRESS PLAY! Merce Cunningham in Antic Meet. Photo by Richard Rutledge Merce Cunningham's Second Hand. Photo by Martin Miseré Merce Cunningham's Suite For Two. Photo by Martin Miseré Merce Cunningham's SUMMERSPACE. Photo by Mko Malkshasyan  
30:56 12/11/2019
Contemporary dancer & choreographer, Alice Robinson, on her move from Sydney to London and premiering her first full-length immersive show
The decision for any dancer or creator to move from their hometown to the big city, whether across the country or to the other side of the world, is often a daunting and exciting prospect. It's not just the actual relocation or the unknown, but there's also the challenge of finding a place and success within a new, larger dance scene. In this podcast, Australian contemporary dancer and choreographer Alice Robinson shares her journey from Australia to London and premiering her first full-length immersive show 'Does It Matter In the Dark' in the capital.  As a freelance artist, Alice has worked and toured, both as a dancer and creator, across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. She then decided to head to the big smoke of London, where she has found a space for her creativity and has built a community over the last year to create Does It Matter In The Dark. Alice shares her insights into freelance life; the highs, the joy and the challenges. She also shares her creative process that led to the 'choose your own adventure, immersive experience' that audiences can expect in her new work. Does It Matter In The Dark premieres on 2 November (Sold Out Show!) and 3 November (just a few remaining tickets) at Onyx Dance Studio, London. For tickets email Alice directly:  Watch the trailer! Follow Alice on Instagram: @alicerobinson_ PRESS PLAY! Alice Robinson
26:27 10/31/2019
Subhash Gorania, dancer, choreographer & Artistic Director of Morph Dance Company
In this podcast, we're joined by Subhash Gorania, a cutting-edge, British choreographer and dancer and Artistic Director of Morph Dance Company. Subhash creates works that blends Indian classical dance, hip-hop and contemporary dance and has a very unexpected dance story. At the age of 23, Subhash was stacking tins in the supermarket (after having to drop out of uni after being injured), when he noticed a flyer for a hip-hop class, and without any previous dance experience decided to give it go. Instantly he fell in love with dance and one class a week became two, then three and this led to a professional dance career, creating his own work and establishing his own company. Listen to Subhash tell his inspiring story ahead of the world premiere of his first full length work 'Classic Encounters' hitting the stage on 15 and 23 October. PRESS PLAY!
20:46 10/12/2019
Ballerina Mi Deng on technology and dance in Sleeping Beauty Dreams
In this podcast, we talk to principal dancer Mi Deng, who is one of the most famous and successful ballerinas from China. We discuss her role as the Princess in the innovative high- tech show, Sleeping Beauty Dreams. Mi Deng gives an insight into the stunning visuals created by the dancers who are hooked up to the technology; and she shares the challenges as a dancer working with the tech (it doesn’t sound easy!). Listen to Mi also talks about growing up and dancing in China and her worldwide dance career, plus her inspiration for setting up her own dance school in her home country. PRESS PLAY. Mi Deng
29:08 10/05/2019
Let’s talk about dancers’ mental health with former Royal Ballet dancer & dance counsellor
In this podcast episode we discuss the important subject of dancer mental health and wellbeing, with former Royal Ballet dancer and dance counsellor Terry Hyde. Former Royal Ballet dancer and counsellor Terry Hyde We shine a light on the challenges faced by dancers, including depression, injury, rejection, confidence, and performance anxiety. Terry talks about his own dance career and how his unique perspective helps him help other dancers. It is essential that mental health and wellbeing is talked about within the dance industry; between dancers, and their companies or schools, and their friends and colleagues. Terry discusses some of the symptoms that dancers may experience, including feeling low, wanting to be alone, and not wanting to talk about their feelings with others. Listen to Terry talk about how counselling can help dancers through these difficult periods so they can go on to enjoy fulfilling careers. He also explores the challenges faced by dancers and their sense of identity when their dance careers come to an end. If you're experiencing or are interested in dancer mental health issues, Terry recommends talking about your feelings, asking for support and reaching out. You can learn more at PRESS PLAY! The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other podcast providers! You can also read the interview here!
36:15 09/22/2019
Dance, Electronic Music & Digital Arts in the innovative ‘Step Sonic’ by Tom Dale
Dance creation is ever changing and evolving with the influence of new technologies on sound, lighting, staging, visualisations and performance. Critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer Tom Dale is an innovator in bringing these elements together to create new ways of experience and performing dance. Taking this tech approach to a new level, Tom Dale's new work Step Sonic sees the dancers' movements and breath create the live soundscape. The dancers movement affects and makes the sound, which is picked up by a series of microphones. In this podcast, Tom Dale reveals the inspiration behind Step Sonic and explains how the piece was made with the dancers and their experience of performing this tech and sound led piece. Step Sonic kicks off a 10 date UK tour from 27 October, check out the dates & location. Step Sonic also features two new commissions for Tom Dale Company: Resonance of Air by Eleesha Drennan and a new work by Jamal Burkmar; the premiere of Tom Dale’s solo Surge completes the programme. In the podcast we talk about the below video of the early research work:   Tom Dale Dance Company - Step Sonic. Photo by Alicia Clarke
18:19 09/20/2019