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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...