You’ve recently lived in WA and previously worked for West Australian Ballet. What’s your favourite thing about the state?
My favourite thing would have to be the lifestyle – sun, beach, space. Things also move nice and slow which is great for our kids to run around!
For me there’s a couple of main differences between the two. I find in a contemporary Company the work load tends to be a lot higher on a day to day basis. Having less dancers in the Company and a different type of repertoire means we tend to be more active in each production than in a ballet Company where the work load can be divided between soloist, principals and corp de ballet. There is also much more opportunity for creative input in a contemporary Company.
The ‘Dark Half’ section is my favourite and the most challenging. It’s intense and fast and relentless. You get totally exhausted by the end of it and I love that.
I lived in Fremantle so I love going to the farmers’ markets and Little Creatures.
Besides dancing I mostly hang out with my wife and two sons wrestling, playing at the beach and in the backyard. I also love baking bread and drinking coffee.
See David on tour in our national here.
Photo: Peter Greig