Claire Robertson, principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, discusses the company's autumn season
Principal dancer Claire Robertson has seen some been changes since she joined Scottish Ballet in 1994. The latest of which is the arrival of new artistic director, Christopher Hampson.
But while all eyes are on what the company does next, the legacy of former leader, Ashley Page is still being played out, in the shape of an exciting triple bill. All of which Robertson will be dancing in. Even for somebody as technically proficient as her, jumping from Martin Lawrance’s Run For It to William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork and Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos isn’t easy.
‘It’s a challenge,’ says Robertson, ‘to switch your mind and body during that 20 minute interval to the next choreographer’s way of moving, because all three have very different styles. Run For It is energetic and upbeat, Workwithinwork is really precise, and right from the start 5 Tangos is fast and dynamic.’
While 5 Tangos is new to the company, the other two have been performed by Scottish Ballet before – although both are well worth a second look. Equally, although Hampson is newly in post, his promise to be ‘very hands on in class and rehearsal’ could already be paying dividends.
‘It’s always good to revisit pieces,’ says Robertson, ‘and like anything we do, we’re trying to make them fresh again. And it’s nice for us to work with Christopher, and see how we look as a company once we’ve been rehearsing with him.’
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 4-6 Oct; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 11-13 Oct.