Ballet is an indispensible part of my life. When I felt like I wanted to go out like other people my age, I made myself think, ‘There's something else I have to do now'.
The dancers at the Lausanne competition always seemed completely liberated and so full of life. I used to look up to them and always dreamed of becoming one myself someday.”
When her name was announced as this year's winner at the competition's award ceremony, Sugai's mind went blank. She told reporters at a press conference in Japan that it was her best performance so far.
I've never felt this liberated before.”
Miyako Yoshida, one of this year's jurors, is Sugai's role model and the dancer she looks up to most.
Her expressiveness is outstanding. As a Japanese person, I'm proud of her. I still have much to do to improve my skills and expressiveness, however, one day I wish to become a ballerina who can inspire an audience.”
Photo: Gregory Batardon/Prix de Lausanne
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.