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60 seconds with... Maria Beseghi

Maria Beseghi. Photo Simon Lawson.

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

I heard about Northern Ballet last year from some friends whilst I was still working for Zurich Ballet and the fact that they were doing narrative ballets immediately caught my interest. I started watching all the videos of the company that I could find on the Internet and I was really attracted to the work they were doing. So a few months later I attended the auditions and now here I am!

My work’s day normally starts with morning class, which is indispensable as a warm up as well as a way to challenge myself and work on my technique every day. After that, the day goes on with rehearsals of the productions I am dancing in, which normally goes on until evening unless there is a show on that night.

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

Mostly at my place reading books, cooking, listening to music or having very long Skype conversations. And on a free day you might find me in London.

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

I have only been with Northern Ballet for one month and at the moment I am really enjoying both of the productions I am learning, but I like to think that my favourite is still to come.

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

A psychologist or a translator.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Anne Hathaway.

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

‘Trust yourself’ and ‘carpe diem’

What song will always get you dancing?

That’s a tough question because there are so many! For sure if it’s Twist and Shout I can’t resist. But also most Latino music will always make me dance.

What scares you?

That something bad will happen to the people closest to me.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Movies.

What do you want to do before you die?

Travel to countries with a completely different culture, help people and have a family.

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

Just six? It’s hard to pick! I think I would say Roberto Benini, Jane Austen, Barack Obama, John Lennon, Roberto Saviano (Italian writer and journalist) and my grandfather who I never met.

Describe yourself in three words?

Sensitive, honest, dramatic.

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