Paul Knobloch. Photo: Chloe B.
Sydney Eisteddfod alumni and judge, renowned dancer and choreographer Paul Knobloch has added another feat to his list of achievements. He was recently appointed the Regional Touring and Storytime Ballet Master of The Australian Ballet, a role that will involve teaching daily classes within the company, rehearsing and coaching the dancers for regional tour and Storytime Ballet.
He believes a vital part of the role is to help shape, nurture, challenge, motivate and inspire the dancers to achieve their utmost potential not only as artists and technicians but also as humble human beings and individual spirits.
Paul recently chatted to Sydney Eisteddfod about this opportunity and what projects he has coming up.
Are you thrilled about this opportunity?
Having returned to The Australian Ballet in this new role after nearly eight years abroad, I am now ready to give back and want to share all my experiences of dance with the next generation. I have soaked up so much from my international exposure and fulfilled a fruitful career in dance with many wonderful memories to hold on to. I have achieved dreams I never thought possible, from dancing on the prestigious Paris Opera Garner stage to working with and being coached by some of ballet histories greats.
As a teacher I enjoy finding new ways of making the steps a movement in class, allowing the way I communicate to help the dancers grow and develop as artists and storytellers of their own bodies whilst building upon a strong mindset and technique in preparation for daily class, rehearsals and performance.
I am at that point in my career where I want to help fruit grow on other people’s trees. To pass on, give and share all that I have absorbed and continue to learn as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
What will your first project be?
My first thing with The Australian Ballet will be The Nutcracker – Storytime Ballet. A new production created for children age 3 and up. It’s a fun, interactive and narrated ballet that lasts little under an hour and is the perfect introduction into dance for young children. This production will tour Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra.
As a seasoned dancer and choreographer, could you share a ‘pearl of wisdom’ or two with our young participants?
Follow your heart and dream big! Find all the qualities of humanity and bring them to your dancing - kindness, compassion, honesty, sincerity, truth. Don’t hold back and don’t be afraid, be fearless and in control of your own destiny.
Find the beauty in dance to help yourself and others feel better. Believe, achieve and conquer!
What’s next for you?
My upcoming projects with The Australian Ballet include the regional tour of Giselle that starts in June/July of 2017 – I am very excited to engage in this much-loved classic of ballets and bring it to the stage for audiences across Australia.