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TWO PIGEONS Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 29 &
Sat 30 Mar; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed 3-Sat 6 Apr
They’re the Posh and Becks of the dance world. Only nicer. And infinitely more talented (with the possible exception of David’s demon right foot). He took the dance world by storm in Adventures in Motion Pictures all-male Swan Lake, she blazed a trail through the Royal Ballet, becoming one of its finest principals. But quite apart from sharing a marital home, Adam Cooper and Sarah Wildor now have something else in common: guest status at Scottish Ballet. Cooper last graced the company’s Glasgow studios in April 2000, when he danced the lead in Romeo and Juliet. Now Wildor is following in hubby’s footsteps, performing the equally romantic role of the Young Girl in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons.
A principal with the Royal Ballet since 1999, Wildor was a jewel in their crown, renowned for her character roles. Her departure from Covent Garden last autumn was shrouded in controversy, timed as it was with the arrival of new
artistic director, Ross Stretton. Many a column inch was devoted to the ‘did she walk or was she pushed’ story, but six months on, Wildor seems happy.
‘I knew what I was going into so it wasn’t a complete shock,’ she says. ‘And I’ve been able to concentrate on doing what I really want, things which challenge me - classes, coaching, acting lessons, shows in Japan with
Adam - it’s been nice.’
As one of the most talented dancers of her generation what made her choose Scottish Ballet as one of her first freelance assignments? ‘Adam worked up here and really enjoyed it,’ she explains. ‘He said they make you really enjoy dancing, that they’re a
good bunch of people to mix with.’
As for The Two Pigeons: ‘Oh well, it’s Ashton, what can I say?’ states Wildor simply. No stranger to the
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legendary choreographer, she performed many of Ashton’s works at the Royal Ballet: ‘His ballets are amazing, they’re so musical and you get swept along
Set in 19th century Paris, The Two Pigeons finds a young couple stumbling down the rocky path to true love. Wildor is taking characterisation very seriously.
‘lt’s one of the most important things,’ she says. ‘If
you’re going to take on a role which requires a character then you want the audience to be with you all the way. The Young Girl‘s like a little annoying bird, but quite adorable at the same time.’
So, any similarities between Ashton’s couple and her
and Adam? ‘I’d say no - although I can be a little
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