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Mathias's Desert Island Discs

In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we asked choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet what their Desert Island Discs would be if they were shipwrecked on Prospero's mystical isle.

Here Mathias Dingman, who is creating the role of Ariel, shares his.

Mathias desert island.

My Desert Island Discs

'Glory, Glory Man United' - Even on a desert island you can still support your favorite football team!

'Dueling Banjos' - Always reminds me of growing up in the 'Deep South' of South Carolina.

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana - Played this song to death during my time at Kirov Academy of Ballet when I was younger.

'Nobody Knows You When Your Down & Out' by Eric Clapton - My family always played Eric Clapton on road trips in America. This one is my favorite.

Spartacus Suite No.2 by Khachaturian - One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever and a ballet high on my bucket list to do.

'The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond' - Since my wife is Scottish this song always reminds me of Scotland. My second home!

'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls - Simply my favorite song

'All of Me' by John Legend - This was the song for our first dance at our wedding - the happiest day of my life. It would be the song I would save above all else.

My Luxury

My luxury would have to be my wife L.J. It's not that I want to banish her to a desert island, but she is really good at DIY and isn't a bad cook either. Not too sure what I would do without her!

My Book(s)

This is actually a trilogy, but definitely the best story I have ever read: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.


Arts Council England (ACE) is celebrating its 70th birthday in 2016, marking the occasion with #70things: 70 arts and culture activities anyone can do. You can download the full list of activities here.

To share your Desert Island Discs list with ACE and with us, post on Twitter using the hashtags #70things and #BRBTempest