James Thierrée: 'Baryshnikov told me to get used to pain. It's part of a dancer's life'

As he prepares to take his latest spectacular to the Edinburgh festival, the performer talks about the ‘magic box’ of theatre, listening to frogs’ secrets and playing an acrobatic Ariel for Peter Greenaway

James Thierrée’s new show, The Toad Knew, opens and closes in characteristically topsy-turvy fashion. At the start, the heavy red curtain hanging before us is pulled not up but entirely down, the cloth yanked across the stage like a great wave. It’s impressively hitched back in place at the end, leaving Thierrée and his company peeking their heads out mischievously from under the velvet drapes. Thierrée beams behind his fringe of silvery curls at the applause on this latest stop of their European tour.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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