Armando Braswell in Interview with the Ballet Mistress of the Ballet Basel
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Do you have any weird rituals before or after a class or a show?
I don't know if it is weird, but before I teach class, I have to physically go through my class. I absolutely have to do it. If, for some reason, I don't have time to do that, it really upsets me. My body remembers more than my head. Another ritual of mine is I have written down all of my ballet classes since I have been a ballet master. I have over 500 now.
A few words about giving class every day? Remembering? Being creative?
The hardest thing is to try to be different. At the end of the day, classical ballet is limited, as there is only a certain amount of steps. Other teachers have told me they have similar problems.
A few words about working with dance pianists?
Very good pianists are not easy to find. A good ballet pianist understands ballet. It's a matter of dynamic. It is very rare, but I also love pianists that can sing along sometimes. It can be very inspiring for dancers.
Do you have a "pet peeve"? Something that annoys you about dancers, directors, choreographers?
Photos: Georgios Kefalas Coop Zeitung
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