Feargus Campbell has been with Birmingham Royal Ballet for 10 years, having joined as an Artist in 2005. Here he talks about how both he and the Company have changed over the past decade as well as some of the challenges he's faced.
‘I’d like to say I’ve got better since I first joined!’ Feargus laughs, ‘I feel I’ve matured as a dancer. Some people graduate from school and already look really professional, whereas I don’t personally think I did. I joined and I learnt my craft in the Company.’
Born in the New Forest, Feargus trained at the Royal Ballet School, dancing with both the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet while still a student. As he explains, life as a professional dancer proved to be one of continued development.
'You really learn how to dance on stage when you join a company', he says. 'When you’re at school you spend a lot of time in the studios to develop your technique, and of course you learn all the steps, which is important. But when you’re on stage, you have to maintain a character, and consider the whole ballet around you.
‘I believe I got my job for being a fast-learner. It meant that if someone went off injured, then I could go on for them at short notice.
That's how I got the chance to dance some fantastic roles early on. During one season of Romeo and Juliet, I was asked to dance the role of Paris [Romeo's rival for Juliet's affections] with only a few weeks' notice. The season had already begun, and I was already dancing other roles, so I had to learn the part in between performances and existing rehearsals.