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Calvin Hannaford
Calvin Hannaford

What has been your favourite onstage moment?
It would have to be performing Natalie Weir's Jabula which I performed at the end of 2009. It's such an intensely challenging piece – physically and mentally – that getting through it without falling on my bum made me proud!

What is the most inspiring thing about this year's Bodytorque season?
Working with Alice Topp and Vivienne Wong. They are both so amazingly talented performers and their creative energy pushes and inspires me to give more than I thought I could.

Have you considered a career other than ballet?
Yes, when I was younger I either wanted to be in musicals with my brother and sister or be a part of Cirque du Soleil!

How do you relax on a Sunday?
I like to watch movies and different TV shows … basically a whole lot of sitting up in bed!

Who is your favourite choreographer?
I really love Jiří Kylián. His choreography is so soulful and emotional without the fake, facial expressions – unless it's a comedy. Amazing!

Do you find inspiration in any other art form?
I find inspiration in photography of any kind. Like photography, ballet is a series of beautiful pictures and lines all moulded together seamlessly to create something whole.

What are you listening to at the moment?
I'm listening to the new Alicia Keys album The Element of Freedom. Love a good soul singer!



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