Friday, 4 December 2009

Fonteyn and Nureyev

I came to the arts for the first time as a five year old child, dancing ballet. Training in dance meant applying oneself physically to rhythms and melodic lines, being disciplined, and performing in harmony and unity with others. I think it provided me with a deep love and compassion for performance. Only with six years, did I begin my voice training.
If I had one wish to see an artist of the past in their full glory, it would be to see a performance of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn; Maybe their first performance of Giselle at the Royal Opera House, or one of their passionate portrayals of Ashton's Marguerite and Armand. They are two artists I truly admire. I told a friend recently that I hold no role-models, that I wish to achieve something entirely new. But without doubt I look up to Margot and Rudik; their incredible artistry, dedication and hard work have left me forever awe inspired. In the words of Nureyev, 'art is the first call'. His words imply a great sacrifice for the ability to apply oneself completely to ones art, but it is the art which truly makes us who we are.