The most important thing is to dance with sincerityVadim MUNTAGIROV Principal Dancer
- 【What is required for a ballet performance to be successful】
- The most important thing is to dance with sincerity. That’s what captivates audiences. Audiences don’t go to the theatre just to see technical perfection. They go because they want to immerse themselves in the story being told, the themes, or the culture surrounding ballet. The hardest part for a dancer is to express what’s inside and to get the story across; high jumps and fouettes are easy by comparison. Dance technique is not that important. If a dancer dances with sincerity and emotion, the audience will be captivated and will empathise with the story.
- 【The most important thing for a dancer】
- What is important is to keep loving ballet, and to keep growing all the time rather than just being happy to have got so far. This means continually improving your dance technique as well as your performance skills. After one performance, my old teacher asked, “So, how about it? Did you dance well?” When I said “Yes”, he got mad and shouted, “If you really think that, you’ve no future as a dancer.”
- 【My childhood】
I love dancing in Japan, and there are many brilliant dancers here. I’ve already performed with the National Ballet of Japan several times, but I still find it very inspiring just to watch Japanese dancers performing.
Russians really love ballet, and watching ballet has become a kind of custom as an haute couture event. I feel as if watching performances and understanding the stories helped me to grow. In this way, ballet is useful in moving people and enhancing their cultural education.
I was born into the theatre. Both of my parents were dancers, and I used to run around inside theatres from the earliest age. There were no childminders, so I was looked after by the wardrobe staff and spent my childhood inside theatres. I can remember playing in my father’s costumes after going home. My father danced Von Rothbart in “Swan Lake”. Maybe it’s in my blood. There wasn’t any particular intention in my family for me to become a dancer, but before I knew it, I was starting out on a career in ballet.