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60 seconds with... Lucia Solari

Lucia Solari. Photo Simon Lawson.

In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it.

Ballet is a complete art form that embraces music, movement, theatre and acting and is a source of endless creativity.

What I like most about being a dancer is that you can escape from the real world. Especially today where everything is so concrete and materialistic, there is not much magic but on stage you have the possibility of creating anything you wish. You can create romanticism, mystery, joy etc...; all nuances that will create a special atmosphere and are like the colours in a painter’s palette.

You can become totally different people or even creatures, living in completely different times. There are really no limits and yet it is still you with your experiences and all the choices you have made in your life that day: tomorrow you’ll already be different. Consequently it may be the same ballet you’re doing but a very different performance! This is why each performance is unique.

I always loved music (my dad is a musician so there was always beautiful music playing in my house) and I remember my sister and I were always dancing. 

Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?

Somewhere having a coffee!

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

I can’t answer this question yet as I still haven’t performed here and only know two Northern Ballet productions. So far I’m really enjoying working on these two ballets and I find both very challenging in very different kind of ways.

If you weren’t a Dancer what would you be?

A musician or maybe a writer.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Meryl Streep, please! She is fantastic and will play anything. I love her humour.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be yourself... but not too much!

What song will always get you dancing?

Some Latin American music or Gershwin song.

What scares you?

When I hear the news and realise how cruel and terrible humans can be - it scares me.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Probably something concerning foreign languages like Italian, Spanish, English and German or classical music.

What do you want to do before you die?

Catch up some of the time I didn’t spend with my family in Uruguay.

It’s your dream dinner party – which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?

My family of course would already be there and the extra six people I would invite are: my friends- Carolina Agüero, Silvia Attoni, Wiebke Wackermann, Tina Vasibki, Matias Iachianni and Mikhail Baryshnikov (Russian dancer and choreographer) as a special guest, and if he can’t make it, then Natalia Makarova (Soviet-Russian born prima-ballerina).

Describe yourself in three words?

Sincere, stubborn, creative.

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