60 seconds with... Dreda Blow

Tell us something about your home town

I was born in Toronto but I think of Peterborough, Ontario as my real home town. For a small city there is always a lot going on – concerts, festivals and shows. It’s full of artists, environmentalists and hippies, and there is a strong sense of community. It’s built around a lake and there are lots of beautiful areas nearby for hiking and picnicking.

Tell us a funny ballet story

Hmm, there are so many! Once in a Jane Eyre rehearsal, Javier Torres and I got our legs tangled and went crashing to the ground, it was quite wild and violent! Someone had been filming so it’s caught on tape (I’m just glad we kept it off YouTube – it may have gone viral!).

What would you do on your ideal day off?

I’d go for a hike in the Yorkshire Dales with my husband Bruno, then settle in a cosy pub for a big lunch.

Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?

Yes, I’m actually really good at cooking and I’m quite passionate about it too. I don’t have a signature dish but at the moment I’m experimenting a lot with Lebanese/Middle Eastern flavours – lots of parsley, lemon and tahini.

What book/story/movie would you like to see created into a ballet?

Far from the Madding Crowd.

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?

HBO’s Girls

What film makes you laugh out loud?

Some Like it Hot is one of my all-time favourites. It’s charming, it’s timeless, it’s genius!

Name a skill you’d like to learn?

I’d like to become a better singer (I’m not bad but I could use some training!).

If you could time travel, where and when would you go and why?

1950s Hollywood – I’d want to meet my favourite actors of the Golden Age!

Name one place in the world you haven’t been to but would like to go to and why?

I’ve never been to Japan before but I am fascinated by the culture and LOVE their cuisine!

Do you have a favourite quote?

‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ – Mary Oliver

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