Claire Calvert: When I was little I wasn’t saying ‘Mummy I want to be a ballerina’

The Royal Ballet soloist on portraying Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, taking a year out after surgery, and her dream role…

Claire Calvert is a Royal Ballet soloist, admired for the lush texture of her dancing and for her portrayal of strong, sensual women. In 2013 she injured herself so seriously her career was in the balance. After surgery, and a year of physical therapy, she returned to the stage. On 16 April she makes her debut as Hermione in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet The Winter’s Tale.

So finally, the big roles are coming your way.
Finally, yes. The first, in January, was the Gypsy Girl in Frederick Ashton’s Two Pigeons. Technically it’s really hard, and because she’s such a character – lots of shimmying, always playful – that disguises how difficult it is. But I was excited and keen to get on, I’d waited for so long.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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