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Amber Scott
Amber Scott

What do you love most about dancing Odette in Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake?
I love the complexity of Odette's journey. Her fragility and tragic heartbreak actually lead her to a place of real strength by the end. Each show is a new discovery of some raw emotion.

Can you walk us through your pre-performance ritual?
I try to keep things fresh when I perform – no superstitions, no fear! Apart from my usual make-up/warm-up barre/banana (or Easter eggs!) for energy, perfume is a must. I like different scents according to the ballet.

What books are on your bedside table at the moment?
There are a lot – it's a book buffet! Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf; The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Imperial Dancer, the biography of Mathilde Kschessinska; Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost; Jana Wendt's A Matter of Principle; Belinda Alexander's Silver Wattle; and Marguerite Duras' The Lover.

Your favourite place to be on a Saturday night?
Drawing on the paper-covered tables of Café Romas in Sydney, surrounded by friends, Chianti, and pasta.

What's the first thing you do when you arrive in a new city?
I calculate how long I can sleep in according to the theatre's proximity. Then buy milk, make tea, and call local friends.

If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?
Does the foyer and staircase of the Palais Garnier count? If not, I'll settle for the walls of the restaurant Mirka at Tolarno Hotel in St Kilda, with their glorious murals by Mirka Mora.

March 2008



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