Cupcakes & Conversation with Brian Maloney, Soloist, The Royal Ballet

Cupcakes & ConversationCupcakes & conversation with Brian Maloney, Soloist, The Royal Ballet

Brian Maloney

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
A strong coffee.

Who would you most like to dance with ?
Sylvie Guillem if she was 6 inches shorter or Gelsey Kirkland if she was 30 years younger.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?
The main focus now is getting back in shape after the summer holidays. We are just starting the season so not the normal schedule but I am up at 8 and in the Opera house at 9 to warm up for class at 10:30. We are to beginning rehearsals for Mayerling so I’ll have around three or four hours of that, which will mostly be recapping and learning some new roles. Following that will be some calorie burning running on the Precor machine and a few hours of Pilates and stretching. The fight back to full fitness seems to be a huge struggle!

Brian Maloney

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Barack Obama, Fidel Castro, Mats Ek, Gabriel Yared, Nelson Mandela and Meryl Streep.

What would surprise people about you ?
That I love the ridiculous and love to be reduced to hysterical fits of laughter.

Who inspired you to dance ?
My sister and (Mikhail) Baryshnikov.

How would someone else describe you ?
Steadfast and stubborn.

Brian Maloney

What is your best piece of advice ?
Find deep belief in yourself and what you are doing.

Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Probably Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet as the steps themselves are very tricky but more importantly it is difficult to achieve the right balance of pathos and comedy.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
Quite often on stage things take on an inordinate hilarity precisely because you are not allowed to laugh. When playing “Eros” in “Sylvia” I had to stand as a statue on a raised platform above a fountain for nearly 50 minutes. Trying to stay still is quite a challenge and one performance some of the huntresses came by, stood at the fountain, and commented loudly enough for me to hear on the size and attributes of the fig leaf covering my anatomy. I was powerless to suppress my laughter.

If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
A perfect fitting tunic that allowed complete freedom for the arms.

What are you most proud of ?
My family.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Paul Newman.

Brian Maloney

What is your favourite quote ?
‘Never, never, never, never give up’ – Churchill, and ‘All the world steps aside for the man who knows where he’s going’ – my Father.

Brian Maloney

What’s on your iPod ?
A huge variety from Chopin to Eminem.

Do you have a secret skill which no one knows about ?
I speak French and Russian and play the piano.

Brian Maloney

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14 Responses to Cupcakes & Conversation with Brian Maloney, Soloist, The Royal Ballet

  1. Adele September 25, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    A lovely conversation with yet another dancer who values the importance of his family.Adele

  2. Catherine September 25, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    I would to be a fly on the wall at his dinner party…interesting guests!

  3. Couture Cookie September 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    I love Gelsey Kirkland too! I've read her book so many times I'm losing count.Brian's favorite quote is a good one too. I'm going to have to start to think like that more often!

  4. CelticWoman September 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    wonderful quote, fantastic personality, exquisite body and beautiful mind, Sandi

  5. daisychain September 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    amazing to hear from a male perspective too!

  6. The Haute-Shopper September 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Another great interview! Sounds like a fascinating person. Love the fact he'd invite Castro to his dinner party as well… such an unlikely choice! And interesting he'd have Paul Newman play him as well.

  7. Just Breathe September 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    That was very entertaining, I enjoyed learning those things about him. Can you imagine standing still for 50 minutes!!!!

  8. DUTA September 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Fascinating interview with a very gifted and handsome young man. Not only is he a talented dancer , he's also a piano player and speaks two additional languages!

  9. Kristin September 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    I think he's my male counterpart. Ah ha. Strong coffee is the only thing that gets me going and I'm a WEE bit stubborn. Fab interview!

  10. Heidi September 25, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Wow what a wonderful interview. He looks so dedicated in his photos.Blessings,Heidi

  11. NIC-KIA September 26, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    his quote is cute! and its from his dad?!! even cuter!

  12. Couture Millinery Atelier. September 26, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    Dear Elise, thank you for stopping by my blog.:-) We share the same love for the ballet. I have wrote a post on Ballet as an inspiration in my work (one of my posts in July), here is link . You have a wonderful blog and I am enjoying reading it.

  13. enc September 26, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Fascinating. I've never read an interview with a dancer. He's an interesting guy.Thanks for your comment on my blog. ~enc

  14. Elise September 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Adele – yes, I agreeCatherine – I know what you mean !Couture Cookie – yes, me too !CelticWoman – thank you Sandidaisychain – thank you – it's always a perspective worth considering and I'm glad you are enjoying itThe Haute-Shopper – thank youJust Breathe – nope ! But I have seen that performance many times and they do all manage it – somehow ! It's quite a pose too – not just standing around.DUTA – thankyouKristin – You made me laugh ! Thank youHeidi – thank youNIC-KIA – thank youCoutire Millinery Atelier – Good to hear it – welcome !enc – Hope you continue to enjoy – thank you