Over a very interesting and entertaining 90 minutes, the First Soloist of The Royal Ballet spoke about his training (mainly with his mother) and his dancing, from his first appearance on stage aged four, through playing Billy Elliot, winning the Prix de Lausanne and the Youth America Grand Prix to his professional contracts. Many of Cesar's portrayals while with English National Ballet were of lone characters, including Hilarion in Akram Khan's Giselle. and Cesar shared stories from the creative process as well as his other notable roles - Ali, Birbanto, Mercutio (and Albrecht where he had taken the initiative to include the famous entrechats six on the opening night even though they were not in the choreography for the Mary Skeaping production!) Cesar also spoke about his early roles following his move to The Royal Ballet, including Solor to Natalia Osipova's Nikiya and Marianela Nunez's Gamzatti in La Bayadere, his return from injury to play Romeo opposite the Juliet of Francesca Hayward, dancing Lescaut which Cesar described as "the most fun role ever", and Franz in Coppelia, which was the second production in which he had been cast in that role.
With so many of his planned performances cancelled over the past year - including his debuts in The Cellist, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker - and so many other roles which he is longing to perform, the Zoom audience was left in excited anticipation for the next stage of Cesar's career.
The full report is now on this website in the REPORTS section and a video of the conversation is in the Members Only area.