15 December 2015 at 2.58pm | 4 Comments
Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson gave the Guardian insights into her preparations for dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy last year. She'll be performing the role once more in the live cinema relay of The Nutcracker on 8 December 2016.
The film features glimpses into the rehearsal studio, as well as Lauren's insights into the life of a ballet dancer:
‘The adrenaline you experience is like nothing else, and the comedown from the adrenaline is also like nothing else. You need the pressure to get through it', she says. 'The life of a dancer is intense'.
Lauren will perform the challenging grand pas de deux, as well as the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy solo. Despite the exhausting choreography however, for Lauren, performing in The Nutcracker is ‘three hours of heaven’.
‘[Being on stage is] like having a completely different life. If you’re having a bad day, it’s the most cathartic place to be.’
The film also features Lauren reflecting on realizing her childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina, as well as looking to the future:
‘I’d really like to teach or to coach – to pass on what I’ve learnt. It’s what I know and the skills that I have. I don’t have a degree or a PhD – this is where I’ve put my life’s work’.
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