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60 seconds with... Jeremy Curnier

Jeremy Curnier. Photo Simon Lawson

Tell us something about your home town...

Lewis Carroll had six sisters who lived in Guildford and during one of his many visits he wrote the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He spent his last year of life in Guildford and is buried on ‘the Mount’.

What keeps you motivated?

The knowledge that I can be better and achieve more. The goals I have set still need to be attained.

Tell us a funny ballet story.

When I was performing Peter from Peter Pan I lost my voice which wouldn’t normally be a problem for ballet but as Peter you have to perform a monologue when Tinkerbell dies. My voice sounded like it was breaking all over again, constantly changing pitch involuntarily.

How do you like to relax?

With a beer and some sport. Of course, with my girlfriend beside me!

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

I generally take control of pasta dishes but I also do great fajita wraps! The secret is to add a thin layer of mayonnaise on the wrap before applying the salsa. Tasty!

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

Monsters' University.

What is your TV viewing guilty pleasure?

I watch TV series’ in general but give me any opportunity to watch sport and I’m there.

What film always makes you cry?

A Little Bit of Heaven was the last movie I cried at and it was at the cinema but Giuliano was definitely crying louder than me!

If you could have a Hollywood star best friend who would it be and why?

Natalie Portman because her husband is a French ballet dancer and I’m half French so I like to think we would get along. Plus she is not too bad looking!

Name a skill you’d like to learn?

Outdoor survival skills. To be able to rely purely on myself and our natural environment would be hugely liberating for periods of time.

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

Go and watch Federer play a game of tennis and have a side court view of him win hopefully. Side court tickets are so expensive so being invisible would make it easier!

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

South America in general but especially Peru to do the Inca trail.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The Path that Lead to Jez.

What piece of advice would you pass on to your 16 year old self?

Stretch more, and then some more.

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