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Birmingham Royal Ballet's annual tour to smaller venues in the north and east of England, offers new audiences a chance to see Britain's premiere touring ballet company dancing some of its keynote ballets. This year's tour features performances of Allegri diversi, Grosse Fuge and The Centre and its Opposite.

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010


Aonghus Hoole interview



Company activity has recently seen Aonghus Hoole performing Sleeping Beauty in London, Swan Lake in the USA, and from 25 May he will dance three one-act ballets in the North East of England. And on each plane and coach trip between venues he's been regularly spotted napping and relaxing to the sounds provided by his MP3 player. However the Birmingham Royal Ballet artist has a confession to make.

'I don't have a specific criteria for the music I listen to,' he says, before revealing: 'Sometimes I've not even got music on, or the batteries have run out, but just having the headphones on deadens the sound of the outside world! I'm technically just using them as earplugs, because I want to sleep. The best way to travel is to be pretty much as unconscious as possible!'

While the time spent travelling between venues holds little interest for Aonghus, he enjoys experiencing new places once he's there. 'On my days off I like to just chill - I'll try and find something of culture in the town, or maybe just sit and have a coffee. Even if there's nothing much going on on that day, at least I'll have had a chance to have a walk around and a bit of an explore for myself.'

Artistically, he is equally keen to try new things. He was one of the dancers on whom Garry Stewart - a choreographer more closely associated with contemporary dance than with ballet - created The Centre and its Opposite, a work which Aonghus is performing as part of the northern leg of this year's tour. 'In 2008 Garry did some workshops with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and on the strength of those sessions he was asked to create a piece for us.' That piece was The Centre and its Opposite.

'I hadn't heard of Garry before we worked with him,' Aonghus remembers, 'but I recognised that it would be a new experience, and signed up because I wanted to see if I could do something so different. And I enjoyed it, and I found it interesting, and I was then lucky enough to be asked to keep doing it, which is great because none of these things were guaranteed.'

After The Centre and its Opposite was first performed, Aonghus was indeed asked to continue with the experience, guesting with Garry Stewart's own Company for performances in the UK and across Europe. Only one guest performer was required, however, for a tour that was to last three months.

'Yes, it was only me' he says. 'The best way to describe it is 'quite scary'! Because first and foremost that was a professional contemporary dance company, they specialise in that type of dance. While I've done some neo-classical work, I'd never done 'all-out contemporary’. But I thoroughly enjoyed that fear-factor and sense of 'what am I doing to myself?!' and I think I'll always enjoy experiencing the unknown in that way.'

ENDS

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010


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Aonghus Hoole interview

Company activity has recently seen Aonghus Hoole performing Sleeping Beauty in London, Swan Lake in the USA, and from 25 May he will dance three one-act ballets in the North East of England. And on each plane and coach trip between venues he's been regularly spotted napping and relaxing to the sounds provided by his MP3 player. However the Birmingham Royal Ballet artist has a confession to make.

'I don't have a specific criteria for the music I listen to,' he says, before revealing: 'Sometimes I've not even got music on, or the batteries have run out, but just having the headphones on deadens the sound of the outside world! I'm technically just using them as earplugs, because I want to sleep. The best way to travel is to be pretty much as unconscious as possible!'

While the time spent travelling between venues holds little interest for Aonghus, he enjoys experiencing new places once he's there. 'On my days off I like to just chill - I'll try and find something of culture in the town, or maybe just sit and have a coffee. Even if there's nothing much going on on that day, at least I'll have had a chance to have a walk around and a bit of an explore for myself.'

Artistically, he is equally keen to try new things. He was one of the dancers on whom Garry Stewart - a choreographer more closely associated with contemporary dance than with ballet - created The Centre and its Opposite, a work which Aonghus is performing as part of the northern leg of this year's tour. 'In 2008 Garry did some workshops with Birmingham Royal Ballet, and on the strength of those sessions he was asked to create a piece for us.' That piece was The Centre and its Opposite.

'I hadn't heard of Garry before we worked with him,' Aonghus remembers, 'but I recognised that it would be a new experience, and signed up because I wanted to see if I could do something so different. And I enjoyed it, and I found it interesting, and I was then lucky enough to be asked to keep doing it, which is great because none of these things were guaranteed.'

After The Centre and its Opposite was first performed, Aonghus was indeed asked to continue with the experience, guesting with Garry Stewart's own Company for performances in the UK and across Europe. Only one guest performer was required, however, for a tour that was to last three months.

'Yes, it was only me' he says. 'The best way to describe it is 'quite scary'! Because first and foremost that was a professional contemporary dance company, they specialise in that type of dance. While I've done some neo-classical work, I'd never done 'all-out contemporary’. But I thoroughly enjoyed that fear-factor and sense of 'what am I doing to myself?!' and I think I'll always enjoy experiencing the unknown in that way.'

ENDS

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010