George Susman on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
George Susman, finalist in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship took some time to speak to Sydney Eisteddfod about his love of ballet and his first ever ballet class. He also discussed which performers he loves to watch and who is his biggest inspiration.
What inspired your passion for ballet?
I really fell in love with ballet when I was 12 as I started taking it more seriously. I realised that even the ‘boring’ steps can be made interesting if you strive to make them the best that you can. I also just really love to be on stage performing; there is something about dancing for an audience that gives you an indescribable sense of happiness.
Who inspired you to start dancing?
My mother took me to my first ballet class because I wouldn't sit still even after school. She dragged me to my first class and when we got there I ran up the street crying. Somehow she got me into the studio and I haven't looked back since.
Who inspires you and why?
I have many people who inspire me as a dancer and one of my biggest inspirations is Steven McRae, Principal of the Royal Ballet. Steven McRae is not only incredibly talented technically, but he can also perform incredibly well. He is able to tell a story through his movements.
Tell us a little bit about the classical variation and free variation that you performed at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship.
For my Classical Variation I chose Siegfried's Variation from the 3rd Act of Swan Lake. I chose this solo because my favourite ballet is Swan Lake and I have always loved the music for this variation. This solo is technically difficult but also extremely fun to perform.
My free variation is a piece called Good Luck Jacq and it was choreographed by Mark Reily for the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. It is a very challenging contemporary solo set to a beautiful piece of music by Zacarias M. de la Riva. I really loved dancing both of these solos.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
I love to watch a lot of professional dancers from companies all over the world. Someone who I love to watch is Roberto Bolle from The American Ballet Theatre, I think that he is a great dancer and presents such strength and a sense of calm on stage, it makes him really easy and enjoyable to watch.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
The best piece of performance advice I've ever heard is to forget about everything else on stage, even your corrections, and just trust that you've worked hard enough that they just work naturally. It's a hard one to apply but it always works.