David Hallberg “In Conversation”,13th May 2019
“Really insightful” “Such a varied and interesting career” “I simply must read the book” “I will watch David dance with new eyes now”
The LBC members and guests were delighted to welcome international principal dancer David Hallberg who is shortly to guest with the Royal Ballet as Romeo and as Beliaev in Month in the Country, both opposite Natalia Osipova.
David revealed that he had initially been captivated by Fred Astaire, but progressed from tap dancing to ballet studies in Arizona, New York and Paris. Inspired by the male dancers of American Ballet Theatre, he joined that company in 2002 and continues to dance the full repertoire and collaborate on new works with choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
Ranging more widely over his career, David spoke of the challenges of working also with the Bolshoi, of developing his partnering skills, of keeping familiar roles fresh and, from a very different perspective, of getting through a long period of injury. He spoke with appreciation of the critical input he received from his coaches and of the ways in which his partnership with Osipova was very special for both of them.
David is already mentoring young dancers and hopes that he will be able to channel his energies and experience in other beneficial ways within the dance world.
After questions from the audience focused on the ballet companies he worked with, the Kings of the Dance tours and upcoming appearances, David kindly signed copies of his book and posed for photos.
Thank you so much, David, for taking the time to visit us. The LBC looks forward to your performances with The Royal Ballet and wishes you well for the future.