Cupcakes & Conversation with Victoria Sibson, Soloist, Northern Ballet

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Victoria Sibson, Soloist, Northern Ballet

Victoria Sibson  Photo by Simon Lawson

Victoria Sibson Photo by Simon Lawson

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?

First days of the week are really difficult so I would have to say that knowing you’re not the only one going through it makes you feel better! The motivation to want to start maybe new exercises or try something new, maybe a change of leotards!?

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

I think I have stuck with ballet for so long because you are always learning and striving for perfection, whether it be in the studio or on stage you are constantly evolving your craft and moving forwards.

What are you looking forward to dancing during 2013 & what are the big challenges likely to be for you ?

I am definitely looking forward to re-visiting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, there are so many wonderful aspects to that production.

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

Well the one person I would say would be my husband but I’ve already had the wonderful opportunity to dance with him in Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet – maybe Leigh Zimmerman in Chicago ?

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

I would love to be able to dance in Japan; that would be amazing!

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?

I sew the elastics and ribbons first (as few stitches as possible) – sometimes I cut the satin off the toes to stop or minimise slipping, and then cut the backs so the shape of the shoe moulds better to my feet.

Victoria Sibson as Lady de Winter in Northern Ballet's Three Musketeers  Photo by Merlin Hendy

Victoria Sibson as Lady de Winter in Northern Ballet’s Three Musketeers Photo by Merlin Hendy

What is your daily routine at the moment ?

At the moment, I take class in the morning and have rehearsals through the day for Kenneth Tindall’s new piece Luminous Junc·ture  normally 11.30-6.30 and a break for lunch.

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

A working day is quite difficult to know what you want to eat and when!  I normally have a bowl of cereal for breakfast, maybe a banana and a packet of Go Ahead slices after class. Then at lunch salad mainly with either ham or cheese. A yoghurt with dried fruit and mixed nuts, snack a jacks if I get hungry after lunch. Normally its about 7.30pm by the time I have my tea which normally consists of meat, potatoes and at least 2/3 veg! Oh and lots of water!

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

Barbara Streisand

Liza Minnelli

Bernadette Peters

Robin Williams

Gareth Bale

Robert Downey Jr

Who inspired you to dance ?

I don’t really have one person specifically who inspired me I just really loved the commitment, energy, physicality, and performance quality of actors and dances.

What is your best piece of advice ?

Live every day to the fullest – don’t save things for a rainy day.

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?

Before a show I can get quite stressed! Before Gatsby I would put on my base around 5.30 after wolfing down some food after rehearsal and then go to wigs for Helen to set my hair, then I get put under a dryer hood (that’s when I continue my makeup). After that Helen takes the clips out of my hair and sets it for the show. That whole process takes about an hour and a half so a quick warm up/ pointe shoes, costume on and into the show! Phew!

How do you deal with the stress of performing ?

To deal with stress I either listen to music before going on or try certain steps before the show starts. Sometimes stress does take over!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?

Ossein is probably the piece that tested me the most. A solo choreographed by Wayne McGregor for an amazing dancer Antoine Vereecken. I performed it at our 40th Gala on my own, towards the end of the event at the Leeds Grand, on a raked stage. It was the most nerve raking thing ever! I loved every minute though– all 4!

If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ?

Well Hannah Bateman and I are creating the next children’s ballet Three Little Pigs so we will see how designing costumes goes with that!!

What do you look for in a dance partner ?

Biggest thing in a dance partner is Trust! That and having a laugh.

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?

My signature step (well what people would say is mine is) doing a head roll whenever I can! And as big as I can!

A phrase I use far too often is … ?

It’s going to sound ridiculous but “Hello is Jane there?!”

What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ?

In a serious capacity one of my best on stage moments was being able to perform Ossein at the Gala. On a sillier note – there’s too many! Falling over on costumes, breaking a parasol to name a few!

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

If I do have a secret skill – it’s a secret to me too!

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