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Q&A: Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares

The Royal Ballet Principals answer your questions about their partnership, the pressures of ballet and South American football.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

22 October 2012 at 11.15am | 2 Comments

Q&A: Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares

The Royal Ballet Principals answer your questions about their partnership, the pressures of ballet and South American football.

Storified by Royal Opera House · Mon, Oct 22 2012 07:13:05

Q: What are your favourite ballets to both watch and perform? (@LadyCharmed) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: I can’t choose one. I love so many of them! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: Mayerling! It has everything that a male Principal dancer wants from a role – drama, action, love, amazing jumps! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: With the full length ballets you're always striving for something more #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton 2010Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Do you have a motto you live or dance by? (beccollins481, Instagram) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: I wake up every morning wanting to grow as an artist. That’s what drives me. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Marianela, you are my favourite dancer to perform Odette/Odile. Which part do you prefer and why? (@gracieee89) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: When I first did it, people saw me more as an Odile but I’m more of an Odette. I have to work at Odile more. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: ...In the interval I really have to get the Red Bull going to prepare! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty. © Johan Persson 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Has your interpretation of roles changed as the years go on? (Suk Wong) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: You grow as a person - gain experience. When you do Giselle for example, you may know what it’s like to be broken-hearted. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: As you grow and repeat the roles you understand what’s really relevant. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Birthday Offering. © Tristram Kenton 2012Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Have you ever experienced not having the required body? If so, any tips or advice you could give me? (Katia) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M:When I was a young,there was a time I struggled with my weight a bit.As I grew up things fell into place,but I had to work.#askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: Pilates too! My advice is to speak to professionals about it, and work hard! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: In training, how do I ensure that I keep my energy up so that I can perform to the best of my ability?! (Lauren) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: Good diet. You need to work on cardio too. You need to ‘feel the burn’ before you tackle something really tough #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Romeo and Marianela Nuñez as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © Dee Conway 2008Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Do you prefer classical or modern ballet? (@BernardMalhame) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: I love all work. But I prefer the classical, narrative works in particular. It’s a tough question as we do so much! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: What do you find most difficult in ballet/performing? (@fab_i_ana) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: Demanding your body to achieve perfection, physically and mentally. It can be tough to grow as an artist #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Thiago, you’re such an inspiration as a male dancer, who inspired you when you were younger? (@DaveTriesBallet) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: I got into dance because they needed boys at the school. I was from the circus and I danced hip-hop… #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: …When I saw my first video of a male dancer, it blew me away. He had some similarities with me. It was so inspiring #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: …Carlos Acosta inspired me when I was a student, too! It's amazing dancing in the same company as him. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Marianela – Is there an Ashton work you haven’t danced that you’d like to? What’s unique about his work? (Lucia) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: Month in the Country! His style is one of the hardest to get right. In a way his work is a disguise…#askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: …it looks so beautiful but when you try it – It’s so hard! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: He was a master of dance. He brought in the best of British theatre art to dance.Genius! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty. © Johan Persson 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Who is your favourite choreographer? (@ryotaro11) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: I have two – MacMillan. I wish I could have worked with him. I wish I had a time machine… #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T:…And John Cranko. He creates such great roles. It’s everything you want in dance #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Thiago, as a Brazilian, you must enjoy football! Do you support any of the English teams? (Sahlen) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: Marianela likes football more than me! I kind of support Arsenal because we live nearby... #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: ...I met a few of the Brazilian team - they're inspirational. I like Messi though! [Marianela grins] #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odile in Swan Lake © Dee Conway 2008Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Design is such an important part of ballet - do you have a favourite ballet set design? (@designmuseum) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: We’re lucky-at the ROH we have the best sets. It helps so much putting you in a role. Sorry, I can't choose one! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: I'd love to dance on an Anish Kapoor set. His work is amazing. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake © Alice Pennefather 2012Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Does marriage help or hinder your on stage partnership? (@hodgy30) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: It helps in every aspect. Ballet is not just a show. There are ups and downs and so the support is important #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Thiago, do you feel jealousy when Marianela falls in love with someone else on the stage? (@miuz_journal) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: Now we’re at a different stage, no. Sometimes she dances with Carlos and I want to be him a little bit! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: When you work with different people, you learn things so when we come back together to dance, it improves us. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: Do you watch Strictly Come Dancing? (@SueHomeyard) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: We do! It’s great, especially having Darcey in it. When I see her in person, I’m like a little girl in awe! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton 2010Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Which is more important – expression or technique? (clarissacandy, Instagram) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M&T: BOTH! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake © Dee Conway 2008Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Q: Can ballet students achieve success without going into a professional ballet school like RAD? (Edwin Thoo, FB) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: Yes. You need training though and you have to have the talent. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: When I joined ballet school my body was prepared. I started at the right time – not too old, not too young. #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: ...the danger of starting too young is what you want may change. I was old enough to know what I wanted - to dance! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
Q: What would be your advice to those who aspire to become professional dancers? (Nuria Cremer, FB) #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
M: If it’s what you love – work hard, listen, absorb – and you can achieve what you want! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse
T: …And come to the Royal Opera House and buy tickets to see us! #askthedancersRoyalOperaHouse

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

22 October 2012 at 11.15am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Talk and tagged by anthony dowell, interview, Marianela Nuñez, Production, Q&A, Social Media, Swan Lake, Thiago Soares, twitter

This article has 2 comments

  1. Eva Cabrolier responded on 22 October 2012 at 11:51am Reply

    So sorry that all tickets are sold out!!!
    Would love to see this fantastic event.

    • Becca responded on 22 October 2012 at 10:10pm

      Tickets are made available each day for every performance. You just need to get there early! You still have a chance to see it ... Good luck!

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