Watch: Nehemiah Kish on La Bayadère
The American Royal Ballet Principal on the challenges of the role, and working with Natalia Makarova.
Ahead of his debut with The Royal Ballet as Solor in La Bayadère, we spoke to Principal Nehemiah Kish about the role.
‘I’ve been practicing the role since I started dancing. It’s not a typical prince role – it’s more masculine,’ says Nehemiah, ‘partnering and dancing are two different techniques and they require different skills’.
The American Principal dancer has been working with legendary ballerina and choreographer Natalia Makarova, who created the production: ‘It’s great that Natalia is able to smooth out all the details and give as much of her insight into the role as she can.’
For Nehemiah, the challenges of a classical ballet lie in making it seem effortless: ‘The difficult thing is not making it a technical exercise, it’s about telling a story. Emotionally there’s a lot in La Bayadère,’ he says.
La Bayadère runs until 22 May. Some tickets are still available. The production has received generous philanthropic support from Lady Jarvis and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.