I try to be distinctive and true to myself on stage

Interview with Daniel Mulligan, Soloist at Ballet Zurich

First of all, congratulations on your nomination as a brilliant Mephisto by Dance Europe!

You have been with the Ballett Zurich for 11 years. What were the most important steps of your career?

The first job which was offered to me after ballet school was a contract with the Junior Ballet in Zurich in 2007. Heinz Spoerli, the ballet director at that time, pushed me quite a lot and gave me some good opportunities and small roles. After 2 years I was offered a position as „Gruppe mit Solo“ in the main company which means being a dancer in the Corps de Ballet of Ballet Zurich with some solo roles. I was very surprised that Heinz Spoerli appreciated me that much.

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TOP 15 Greatest Dance Movies

What is your favorite dance movie?

Dance Movies are always fun. Thinking of my favorite ones it is very difficult to say which I like the most. There are so many kinds of Dance Movies around, from the classical masterpiece with Gene Kelly „Singing in the Rain“, some sweet 80s dance movies like „Flashdance“, to the more modern street dancing movies like the Step up street dance battle.

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Was ist eine PRIMABALLERINA ASSOLUTA?

Nur wenige Ballerinen erhielten diese Auszeichnung

Die allerbesten Balletttänzerinnen ihrer Zeit wurden mit dem Titel „Primaballerina Assoluta“ geehrt. Hier stelle ich die bedeutendsten Superstars der Ballettwelt vor.

Pierino Legnani 1863 – 1930

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Pierina Legnani, photographed during her London tour on the 15th September 1891 – written on the photo is “Signorina Pierina Legnani, Première Danseuse Assoluta”

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Getanzte Betroffenheit

Performance-Strategin Crystal Pite mit 2 Stücken in Zürich

Das Tanzfestival Steps zeigt das Sensations-Stück BETROFFENHEIT von Crystal Pite und Jonathon Young. Der Tod des eigenes Kindes ist das Thema – eine Grenzerfahrung, die unter die Haut geht. Getanzt von der Compagnie KIDD PIVOT am 28.4. in Zürich und am 2.5. in Fribourg.

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The Quantum Ballerina

Congratulations to Merritt Moore for Making FORBES „30 under30“

WOW! What an achievement. Not only has Merritt Moore made it onto the Forbes list this year, but she is also the one and only active ballerina with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford University!

Merritt shared her secrets as a physicist on pointe – “I really do think it’s made me a better dancer to have done physics and a better physicist to have done dance. You need the creative brain in the lab to think of new ideas, and you need the analytic brain in the dance studio to figure out your center of mass.”

I was lucky to get an interview with her. So enjoy these five questions for the Quantum Ballerina!

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News from Polina

Star Ballerina Polina Semionova’s Comeback

Polina returns to the stage after a year of maternity leave. Her first performance takes place on the 26th April 2017 at Staatsballett Berlin. After this performance she will be awarded the prestigious title of „Berliner Kammertänzerin“. Good luck!

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Back to the barre, Tara!

Premier of Dance Academy: The Movie on 6. April 2017

I can’t wait to watch this movie – though being over 20, I probably shouldn’t be this passionate for an Australian teen drama about love, relationships and careers. But there are two understandable reasons: I love Sydney, so I enjoy the setting and scenery of Walsh Bay, Harbour Bridge and the beaches. Secondly, I adore the dance scenes which feature all the highlights of classical ballet and comtemporary dance.

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