Interview: Choreographer Joan Cleville

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  • 19 August 2011

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Interview: Choreographer Joan Cleville

Photography | Nicole Guarino

Scottish Dance Theatre choreographer shares his thoughts

Who or what inspired you to dance?
When I was 16, I attended a dance summer school in my community centre in Barcelona. I had no experience whatsoever but I met a British teacher who introduced me to dance and offered me a scholarship at her evening classes during the year. It’s thanks to her that I’ve had a professional career as a dancer and am now making my own work.

What do you hope audiences will take away from Scottish Dance Theatre’s Fringe show?
I hope they will come out of the theatre wondering why the hell they don’t go more often to see contemporary dance! I hope that they will be entertained, moved by the honesty of the works and the performers and with lots of food for thought. Like when you watch a good movie!

What was the inspiration behind your piece in the show, Dreamt For Light Years?
I wanted to explore how change in one’s life can happen quietly but radically. Sometimes, after months or years of struggle, something silently clicks inside you and you realise that your life is at a turning point. Suddenly a new certainty emerges and you are ready to let go and move into the unknown.

Who would be round the table at your dream choreographer’s dinner party?
That’s a really tricky one! From the legends I’d definitely have Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. Then I’d probably send several invitations to Israel and the Scandinavian countries because I’m curious and excited about the work coming out of there at the moment.

Scottish Dance Theatre, Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 23—28 Aug, 6.30pm, £12 (£10).

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