Exquisitely expressive and technically perfect
Sylvie Guillem was the greatest prima ballerina of her generation. She was the first ballerina to take her career into her own hands. After 39 years she took her final bow at the age of 50 in 2015.
I was lucky to see her in one of her last performances 6000 MILES AWAY, a work by three of today’s most important contemporary choreographers: Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián.
For the first time since her retirement, Guillem gives an interview at her home, inviting Daniil Simkin to chat amongst olive trees, pastures, and her pets. She talks about her childhood, her relationship with Nureyev, and her experiences at the Paris Opera Ballet. She discusses her state of mind during her career and her current lifestyle. © 2021 Dance Masterclass.
Watch this 30-minute interview for free only on the Dance-Masterclass website to learn more about this outstanding prima ballerina:
Sylvie Guillem is one of the most acclaimed dancers in the history of the dance world. With her flexible and strong body, beautiful legs, and rich expressive power, she transformed the image of conventional female dancers. She revolutionized classical ballet, pioneering a new model of classical ballerina. At a time when contemporary and modern dance was not associated with classical ballet dancers, she took on new works one after another and became the multi-talented dancer as we know her today.