Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

January 6, 2014

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

Giuliano Contadini

Giuliano Contadini photographed by Simon Lawson

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?

My special protein shake. It wakes me up much faster than my alarm.

If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ?

It’s the range of emotion I go through when I’m dancing.

Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?

Romeo & Juliet with Lucia Solari.

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?

At the Coliseum in Rome.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?

Protein shake, class, rehearsals, lunch, more rehearsals, gym and then home for dinner.

Giuliano Contadini as Ptolemy in Cleopatra photographed by Bill Cooper

Giuliano Contadini as Ptolemy in Cleopatra photographed by Bill Cooper

What do you eat during the course of a typical working day ?

A protein-based diet. So chicken, beef or tuna with pasta, salad or rice.

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?

Good food, power nap, warm-up and some energetic tunes.

What are you looking forward to dancing in 2014 ?

Cleopatra is coming back and that was the first ballet where I had a role created on me.

How do you deal with the stresses of performing ?

I tend to fight stress with confidence. It sounds weird but it works for me.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?

Beyonce, Alan Carr, Lady Gaga, Dermot O’Leary, Nicole Scherzinger and Marianela Núñez.

What would surprise people about you ?

I usually get a big reaction when I tell people that I’m a twin.

Who inspired you to dance ?

Indeed, my twin sister.

Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Giuliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby photographed by Bill Cooper

Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Giuliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby photographed by Bill Cooper

How would someone else describe you ?

An energetic ball of Italian style.

What is your best piece of advice ?

Don’t think, just do!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?

The Great Gatsby. I really had to push myself outside my comfort zone and it helped me grow as an artist.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?

The Nutcracker – French Doll white wig with a huge quiff that unravelled and was wafting and bouncing throughout the dance.

A phrase I use far too often is …

Let’s have a kiki.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?

Tobey Maguire.

What is your favourite quote?

Work like you don’t need the money,

Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like nobody’s watching.

What’s on your iPod ?

A mixture of classical music, pop and rock.

Who would you most like to dance for, and why?

Matthew Bourne, because the choreography suits my way of dancing.

What makes you a good dance partner ?

Experience helps but I believe in good constructive communication between me and my partner.

Do you have a secret skill which no one knows about ?

Yes,  but it’s a secret!

Describe yourself in just three words.

Fashionista, troublesome, excitable.

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be this time next year ?

I’m pretty much where I want to be.

Who would you like to have a conversation with ? (this question refers to well-known people that you may not have met, but admire, in any field)

Tom Daley.

What is your exit strategy, for the time when you stop dancing, and how did you plan it ?

I haven’t thought that much about my future. I live in the present.

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