Sarah Hay’s Latest News
By Deborah Searle of Dance Informa.
What’s your favorite role that you have performed recently with Semperoper Ballett?
I especially enjoyed the role of Swanhila in Balanchine's Coppélia, because I love to make people laugh, and the story and acting sections allowed me to really be myself on stage and purely entertain the audience. That is such a great feeling. I also enjoyed my role in Enemy in the Figure by William Forsythe.
What are you currently rehearsing?
I was just rehearsing and performing for a guesting with American Ballet Theatre and Friends where I was doing the First Act solo from Giselle. I will now return to Dresden and begin to work on Sleeping Beauty and a contemporary/modern program with works from Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman and Pontus Lidberg.
How do you like dancing in Dresden?
I love Dresden! They say that every dancer has to find the place that they are appreciated and I think I have found mine. I learn something new every day and find my progression to be constant. After dancing in some American companies I found myself not as excited to improve as I have here in Germany. Individuality is very important in our company and the Director Aaron Watkin has been able to find dancers that are all different and all unique that blend together to create a dynamic, musical orchestra of dancers. I've never been more inspired and supported by colleagues in my years as a professional, and I hope it remains this way for a long time!
What role are you most looking forward to dancing in your next season and why?
I have danced the role of Marie in Aaron Watkin's Nutcracker the past two seasons and have enjoyed it so much! I will also be dancing it this year and I couldn't be more thrilled because the choreography is very free and romantic for a Nutcracker. It's not typical and it's highly musical, which is one of my strong points in ballet. Also, David Dawson's Giselle is something I am really looking forward to.
What ballets would you love to perform in the near future?
I don't think I have one particular ballet that I would love to dance. I love music and love acting on top of the dance, so I think a role with serious drama, death, passion and romance would be my choice. I love to be part of a creation as well. You learn a lot about people and how things work when being involved in a creation. It can make you grow even more.
What choreographers would you love to work with in the future?
David Dawson, because I have only one piece under my belt with him and I want more! Also, after working with Forsythe many times now it’s awesome to work with his former dancers. His works and the way in which he teaches are designed to push dancers to a level that I believe is the highest level they can achieve, not only in a technical sense but also in dramatics and passion. That's a really special experience.
I’d also like to work with Stijn Celis, who is a Belgian choreographer that has done a number of pieces in Dresden and all over the world. I got the opportunity to be casted as Cinderella in his modern work of the piece my first season in the company. It was the biggest role I had ever received in my career and it opened doors to where I am now. It was also my first barefoot piece which was freeing, but also challenging. He's an artist, an intellectual and a gentle soul; a perfect person to work with if you want to be brought back to the core of your movement, become more natural, and give emotion and feeling to each gesture and step you show.
I have yet to work with Nacho Duato, but that has always been a dream for me. I hope that one comes true.