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V4: The Seasons will see the OAE in a unique event that mixes period performance with the contemporary choreography of Henri Oguike. We met up with dancer Rhiannon Morgan at rehearsals to find out more about how she got in to dance.
When did you decide you wanted to become a dancer ?
I started dance quite late as until the age of 16 I was an international level figure skater. Classical dance was part of our training but it wasn’t until I saw a performance by Pina Bausch that I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to dance.
What was your break through moment?
To be accepted at the Rambert School Of Dance, the first step which enabled me to pursue my dream.
What do you fear the most?
Not giving 100 per cent of myself and feeling that I haven’t been sincere.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
My mum! It can be about anything, I am so grateful that she always listens and supports me whatever I do.
What – or where – is perfection?
Difficult one…I feel perfection is not some kind of extraordinary, unattainable thing it’s about committing wholeheartedly to what you do.
Our only limit is the one we impose on ourselves so the challenge lies in developing each day our unique potential.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Carmen the heroine from Bizet’s opera. For her passion, strength and standing up for what she believes in. She accepts no compromises even if this means sacrificing her life by fully assuming the consequences of her choices.
What’s your favourite ritual?
Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
I admire many people but I feel it is the people close to me that truly inspire me. So it would be my friend Elena Lin who lives in Brussels, who’s the most talented and generous person I know.
What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To draw! I can’t even draw a box and Art was the only subject in school that I failed.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Perseverance and to be very very patient when results do not come immediately.
What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
It depends which mood I am in, but now after seeing the film Les Miserables I’m listening to its soundtrack on repeat non stop.
What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
Their passion and how they make music come alive. When they play,the room vibrates with such amazing energy and is filled with so much life and imagery. They are all so talented and play with their whole heart.