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Interview – Lauren Post, American Ballet Theatre

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The dancer’s road back from injury is often fraught with frustration and uncertainty. Ballet dancers immerse themselves so fully in their art that any halt of this pursuit often comes as a rude awakening that extracts as much mentally as it does physically from them. “Will I be able to come back?” “Will I have lost everything?” “Will I be able to regain it?” “WILL I BE ABLE TO COME BACK?” But when an ACL injury hit longtime American Ballet…

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Interview – Mathilde Froustey, San Francisco Ballet

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Cloud & Victory brought San Francisco Ballet principal dancer and former Paris Opera Ballet soloist, Mathilde Froustey, to Singapore in April to teach a series of ballet masterclasses. During her time here, we sat down with her to have a dialogue about her perspectives on ballet, her career and the realities and responsibilities of being a professional ballet dancer.…

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Interview – Elinor Jagodnik, Stattsballett Berlin

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The ballet world rippled with intrigue when it was announced that Staatsballett Berlin’s artistic director, Nacho Duato, would be replaced in 2019 by a duo of Johannes Öhman (current director of the Royal Swedish Ballet) and Sasha Waltz (who heads her own company, Sasha Waltz & Guests). A co-directorship raised eyebrows, but it was the appointment of Waltz, a decidedly avant-garde choreographer whose expertise lay in dance-theater around whom controversy swirled. It was nothing short of a bold move to appoint an…

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Interview – Hannah O’Neill

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Hannah O’Neill is a rare gem indeed. A dancer of supreme elegance and grace, she possesses not only the talent, but the mettle to become one of the few foreigners to be accepted into the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet. She has not just survived, but succeeded as a POB dancer, rising to become a soloist after weathering a rough few early years and the exacting cauldron of POB’s concours, their annual competition on which careers and promotions hinge – it’s…

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Live Interview: Joy Womack & Miko Fogarty

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It’s not just an interview, but a live video interview! This August, I had the pleasure of bringing my friends Joy Womack and Miko Fogarty to Singapore to collaborate with C&V in a series of masterclasses and for the C&V Fall/Winter ’16 lookbook, as well as to spend time catching up with them. For those who didn’t live in Singapore and didn’t have the chance to learn from them in the masterclasses, I hosted a live Q&A with these lovely ladies…

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Interview – Ashley Ellis

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There’s a lot that separates Boston Ballet’s Ashley Ellis and I. A couple of oceans, for one thing. And there’s the small fact that she’s a principal dancer in a top ballet company, talented and graceful and whipping out complex choreography with elegance and ease, while I can barely remember the adage combinations as I fumble through my weekly ballet classes. When I spoke to Ashley, we talked first about the rigorous life of a ballet dancer. I am aware…

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Interview – Laurretta Summerscales

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Laurretta Summerscales sits next to me on a snug loveseat in her dressing room, curled up under a pink shawl. The English National Ballet principal has just completed the second show in a series of gala performances in Singapore. Performing five shows in 3 days while dealing with jetlag left most of the performers fairly tuckered out by the end, but even though she had just stepped off the stage 15 minutes ago, Laurretta still sparked with energy, a warm…

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Interview – Ashley Bouder

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The instagram video of Ashley Bouder performing multiple pirouettes while 6 months pregnant may seem extraordinary to us mortals, but it’s par for the course for her. Ashley is known for her quick-footed and explosive dancing ability, and sometimes her falls –  affectionately known as the ‘Bouder falls’ – because it’s impossible to defy gravity so spectacularly without taking a tumble once in a while. Her high-octane onstage persona is just as much a reflection of what she’s like offstage:…

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Interview – Gillian Murphy

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Gillian Murphy is an icon of American ballet. A principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater for more than a dozen years, she and her then-boyfriend (now husband) Ethan Stiefel were considered ballet’s golden couple when they danced together and Gillian is, in her own right, supremely accomplished – a slew of accolades are a testament to this, as are the glowing reviews for her various performances. Her potrayal of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake is considered particularly special, so much so…

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