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Q&A When did you start dancing? I started dancing at the age of 3 at my mothers dancing school Why did you start dancing? My mother wanted to give me as many opportunities in life to see what passions I grew for myself, and also what I was talented at. Dance was just one of […]
Q&A When did you start singing? As a child in Upstate New York, every Sunday I was taken to Mass. I loved hearing the songs in Latin, and hearing the choir. I wanted so badly to sing along, but was told by the organist I’d have to wait until my voice changed! At school I […]
Q&A When did you start playing the piano? Well, I should have started earlier. Why did you start playing? Ballet didn’t work out 🙂 Which pianist inspired you most when you were young? Eliso Virsaladze. Which pianist do you most admire? Martha Argerich; Georges Cziffra. What’s your favourite piece to play? Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen. What […]
Q&A When did you start dancing? I was nearly 16. Late… I never had any intention of becoming a ballet dancer. Why did you start dancing? So that I could play the Artful Dodger in a local production of the musical Oliver. When did you start choreographing? Shortly after I starting dancing, I choreographed a […]
After the success of Letter to a Man at the Spoleto Festival in July, Mikhail Baryshnikov will resume his role as Nijinsky on 11 September for a two-week run in Milan. Once again, he is collaborating with Bob Wilson. There is a lot of movement, a body language. Physically it’s more demanding than other works […]
Q&A When did you start singing? I always sang. My mother told me that I sang even before I talked. I also cannot remember a time when I didn’t sing. Why did you start singing? It has been the most natural thing in the world for me to sing. I always enjoyed it. I liked […]
When did you start singing? I have been singing singing since I was small boy. However, my first official voice lesson was in September of 1977. The teacher’s name is Dr Robert White Jr. I have studied with him for 38 years. Why did you start singing? It was pointed out to me that I […]
Before David Hallberg’s début in Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake at La Scala he went into “hibernation”, something he says he does before all performances, especially opening nights. I stay still to not give way to nerves. But also to be fully charged for a performance. The amount of energy needed on stage is so great […]