Peter Wright (published 1986)

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Wright discusses the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet's upcoming tour. He elaborates on ballet touring abroad and the role of the company as ambassadors. He goes on to reflect upon how to chose a successful touring repertory, noting the differences in technical standards between American and British companies. Wright admits his own changing roles within the company in addition to Artistic Director. Other topics of discussion include: the costs of touring; the need for full houses and corporate sponsorship; publicity engagements while touring including televised performances; injuries to dancers and setbacks in terms of dancers (he mentions Sandra Madgwick and Miyako Yoshida, who will be missing sections of the tour); on fear and anticipation. The interview ends with Wright's expectations for a grand reception at home after a successful tour and how it bolsters at-home reputation. Finally, Wright suggests that his "family approach" within the company is key to his success.

Biographical note:

Sir Peter Robert Wright was born in England in 1926. He is a dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied with Kurt Jooss, Vera Volkova, and Peggy van Praagh. From 1949-1956 he danced for many renowned companies: Ballets Jooss, Metropolitan Ballet and Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet. In 1958 Wright's career shifted to a leadership role within ballet companies, working as ballet master, director and producer in numerous productions. He is best known for his role in guiding the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, now the Birmingham Royal Ballet as Director since 1977. Notably, he assisted the BBC in producing ballet for television broadcasting, introducing a wider audience to ballet. In 1985, Peter Wright was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his extraordinary services to ballet. Wright was appointed Honorary Director Laureate of the Birmingham Royal Ballet upon his retirement as Artistic Director in 1999.

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“Peter Wright (published 1986),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed September 19, 2017, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/66.