Cupcakes & Conversation with Rory Fairweather-Neylan, Royal New Zealand Ballet
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?
Ballet – the chance of having a good class, the opportunity to improve, the challenge.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?
My sister, something fun.
If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?
Australia, USA, Europe
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
Dance. Eat. Skype. Eat. Sleep.
How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?
Warm up at barre and eat a big dinner for energy so I don’t have to hold back during a show.
What are you looking forward to dancing in 2010 ?
Revisiting Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in Australia.
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Paul Matthews, Catherine Eddy, Daniel Morrison, Mr. T, Spongebob Squarepants, mum.
What would surprise people about you ?
I don’t like vegetables. I have never had a serious injury from dancing.
Who inspired you to dance ?
Rudolph Nureyev. Mum. Dancing was part of my life from a young age – no inspiration needed.
How would someone else describe you ?
Obnoxious, crass, moody, strongly disagrees with vegetables.
What is your best piece of advice ?
Just do it. Work hard and work harder in hard times. Keep your family close.
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, combining character and technique and trying to make it as real as ballet will allow.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?
I can’t remember ever.
If you designed your own stage costume, what would you create ?
Would have to create my terry-toweling shirt from Carmen.
A phrase I use far too often is …
Mac is whack. Going off like a frog in a sock.
Who would play you in the film of your life ?
Michael J Fox / Sonic the Hedgehog.
What is your favourite quote?
“Cookie!” (Cookie monster)
What’s on your iPod ?
Everything from Chopin to Slipknot.
What makes you a good dance partner ?
Good charisma with dance partners, strong partner, trust in each other.
Do you have a secret skill which no one knows about ?
Describe yourself in just three words.
Rory Fairweather- Neylan.
In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be this time next year ?
In a strong, steady career doing what I love – dancing ballet works, living in a place I love too.