How is it to look for a new job? Traveling around, doing auditions?
Natalie’s answer is a little surprising. She recalls that she did put a great effort into planning, and she managed to create her own “auditioning tour”.
She travelled for a month, even visiting companies that had no contracts to offer, only because she was interested in their work. She met lots of people, took classes and says she had a real good time!
It must take a lot of preparations to make such a trip work. Natalie says she learned many things about herself, and that sometimes the company she came to, proved to be not at all what she was looking for.
Thanks to her “age” (25) she had a mature approach to this process, and says it was “empowering”.
What she really wanted was a company where the dancers can be individuals. She claims she is not the most technical dancer and explains how she loves to play with movements and experiment with dance to express her personality.
Addressing Julien – sitting beside her (they work together) – she says maybe she’s driving him crazy with her ideas. She tells us that she can be creative within the corps de ballet.
We agree, all three of us, on the importance of the dancers in the corps de ballet.
On the issue of favorite styles in dance and preference, Natalie says she has a broad taste as long as there is a content in the movements, emotions and character, rather than totally abstract dance.
What is Julien looking for in this company?
“When I was younger I always wanted to be a modern dancer, but within my time in the conservatory, I trained both ballet and contemporary dance and I came to love both techniques equally. Classical ballet is always a challenge and I love challenges.”
This diversity is suitable for the Royal Swedish Ballet of today.
I ask what their expectations are now and for the next season?
Natalie answers that she tries not to have any, but prefers being like a sponge. Adopt what is coming and just dance…
Julien’s dreams are mainly to dance a lot, stay healthy and be able to have a long career. He is really interested in choreography and hopes to develop that side. Julien has created one piece that was well received.
His expectations are not about a certain ballet or choreographer, nevertheless Julien is excited about next season’s repertory, looking forward to ballets by Jiří Kylian – who he ranks among the very best – Lucas Timulak and a full-length ballet by Jiří Bubeníček in May.
Talking about his strong sides Julien says he likes everything from ballet and modern to hiphop and salsa. No preferences. He thinks he has no specialty, but tries to become a mover in all steps and likes improvisations. He explains how he can be very inspired by the modern dancers who have skills that can impress in many ways.
I am curious about how dancers of today prepare their working day, if there is a choice between traditional class and modern training?
Gaga classes have been optional in periods, but Julien for himself feels he gets the best placing of the body from a ballet morning class.