Dutch National Ballet’s Marijn Rademaker answers our quickfire questions.
White tights or black tights?
Black tights. I don’t like my legs!
What is one ballet exercise you find especially helpful?
If you were could dance any female role, what would it be, and which guy would partner you?
I would love to do Tatiana in the ballet Onegin, and I would love to be partnered by Marcelo Gomes. It’s actually already happened for the funny gala at the world ballet festival. It was really fun. I was also in a fatsuit, which made lifting a little bit difficult.
If you were challenged to a dance-off, name 3 people who would be in your crew.
Osiel. I met him at the World Ballet Festival. He’s very young but he’s so talented. He can turn in any position. He would be responsible for the pirouettes.
Then I would have Diana Vishneva, because she can do anything, and Hélène Bouchet from the Hamburg Ballet because she just has exquisite…everything!
What’s been your most memorable stage mishap?
I was in the corps and was dancing with Anna Osadcenko. We did Tarantella and Swan Lake. We were the 2 side couples and saw the couple on the left side of us fell down and we were dying because it was so funny. And then I fell too and pulled her with me on the floor. So we both fell, and we were laughing so hard.
Reid came to us after the show and was like, ‘well, it can only get better from here.’
What are your favourite pizza toppings?
Barbecue chicken, spicy pepperoni and cheese.
Reaching for pizza: Marijn Rademaker
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
Satie and Schubert and a Dutch singer called Anouk.
Would you rather – have a one-on-one tennis lesson with Roger Federer or choreograph a dance for the Dutch National football team?
Choreograph a dance for the Dutch football team! I would get to work with Robben and everything. That would be so fun.
If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be?
There are so many people.
I was watching this documentary about all these people who flee from war. In the programme they kept talking about how they thought these people felt. But we don’t really know actually. So maybe I should be in the head of one of these refugees and see how they really feel. That would be better than being in the head of Obama or Putin.
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