Jessi Seymour, winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Jessi Seymour, winner of the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, took some time out of her busy schedule to discuss her biggest inspirations and which performers she enjoys watching the most. She also discussed the two pieces she performed in the Final, La Esmeralda's Variation Act 1 and Dusk.
What inspired your passion for ballet?
No one thing stands out, it really is a continuing and growing passion. I do know that if I don't take a class for a while my body as well as my mind misses it. Also, when I watch people that I really admire it makes me want to follow in their footsteps.
Who inspired you to start dancing?
My older sister inspired me. She went off to classes and I was desperate to do what she did.
You chose to perform La Esmeralda in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final, tell us a little bit about this piece.
La Esmeralda is an exciting variation to perform. There are lots of theatrics, a tambourine to really work with the music and dramatic sequences. The character of Esmeralda is nice too, a generous person with a good heart. I love everything about this piece.
Tell us a little bit about the contemporary piece you also performed.
My free variation is in contrast to my classical. It is a contemporary piece called "dusk", I am an animal preparing for safe rest as night falls. I can really lose myself in this piece, no two performances are exactly the same.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
Marianela Nunez! She makes me smile every time I watch her, there is joy and love in her performances. I can't wait to see her live.
Lucia Lacarra is just wow to watch! And of course Steven McRae!
I also love watching Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo, they're beautiful together. This list could go on for a long time...
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
"You've done the work, now just go out there, share it with your audience and enjoy it."
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
I have learnt so much! For one, things don't always go as planned; a performance may not be as you wanted, the judges decision may not go the way you thought, but always you learn.
I try and reflect on all my performances back in the studio and use them as a chance to grow as a dancer.