Over the last few months Soloist Abigail Prudames has been working hard in the rehearsal studios creating the role of Marilla, the Little Mermaid, for the Company's next major new ballet.
After six years with the Company this is the first time Abigail has been chosen to create the title role of a new production, and she's grasped the opportunity with both hands.
We took a few minutes out to dicuss how the experience has been so far.
How does it feel to have a title role created on you for the first time? Why is this kind of opportunity important for a dancer?
To have a title role created on you is such a special and unique experience. Every day that I stepped into the studio to create more of the ballet with David Nixon (choreographer of The Little Mermaid and Artistic Director of Northern Ballet) has been different.
I didn’t set any expectations for the process as I had never experienced this before. I just took each day as it came.
Having this role created on me has added another level to my dancing. I feel personally involved with this character and I am able to express this through the story.
What have you learnt from the experience?
The experience is still continuing as performing the role on stage will be a completely different part of the process.
This journey so far has been a fast one as we have had to create the ballet so quickly but we’re in a really good place so far.
What is your favourite element of the costumes you’ll be wearing for The Little Mermaid?
All the costumes I will be wearing are beautiful. They are different to everyone else’s in colour, in material and in the overall look.
The costumes that Marilla wears always remind people of the water.
Of course I also have a tail which has been a major factor in the creation process and learning how to dance whilst wearing it!
What can audiences look forward to most about The Little Mermaid?
Northern Ballet bringing another great creation and well-known title to life. Everyone has worked as such a strong team for this ballet and it shows, so I hope the audience will see that too.
Images: Abigail in rehearsals for The Little Mermaid with Soloist Joseph Taylor and Northern Ballet dancers. See more rehearsal photos here.
Now for the quickfire round. Eight questions, sixty seconds – go!
1. Tell us something about your home town.
I live in the countryside but the nearest town is Knaresborough which is very picturesque. You can go for many great walks in Knaresborough, especially by the river.
2. What keeps you motivated?
Always wanting to be better.
3. What would you do on your ideal day off?
Spend the day with my husband relaxing at home in front of the TV, or visiting family is always something I love to do. I also really enjoy going to a restaurant for a meal.
4. Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?
I suppose I could cook if I needed to but my wonderful husband is the cook in our house!
5. What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?
The soaps – Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Eastenders. I have watched them since I was young.
6. What film makes you laugh out loud?
I can’t think of one off the top of my head but I do find Micky Flannigan the comedian very funny.
7. Name a skill you’d like to learn?
I think it’s amazing when people can speak more than one language.
8. Do you have a favourite quote?
Tomorrow is a new day
See The Little Mermaid on tour across the country September 2017 - May 2018.
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