Andrea Carrucciu

CarruciuPortrait"Andrea Carrucciu, 26 years old, is Sardinian, as his name implies, but at the age of five he moved to La Spezia, Italy. He began dancing at 4 years old and was a student at Ballet Junior from 2010 to 2011.
I first met Andrea when he was a young "ex-pat" in Rotterdam where he was studying dance at Codarts before joining Ballet Junior. He was 17 years old and he stayed there for two years.
After Codarts Andrea went back to Italy to have a major operation on his knee which left him bed bound for six months."
Interview by Caroline Bertoldo

1) How did you cope during this difficult time
This was the moment when I decided that I really wanted to be a dancer: when you have to stop for such a long time, when your knee hurts and you simply cannot dance you have the time to think carefully: I said to myself that when my knee had recovered I really wanted to dance. In fact you could say the operation was a good thing. When you are dancing you are in the moment and you don't often have time to think. Sometimes it's good to stop for a month if you can choose to. For me, stopping was key, even though it wasn't my choice, and it made me realise "I want to do everything I can to succeed".

2) What have you been doing since leaving Ballet Junior?
I looked for a company where I could also express my own creative language. Having danced with a company in Portugal I went to London for a two month project and then joined BalletBoyz, following an audition.

3) How did you join BalletBoyz?
I was already in London and I didn't know if I wanted to continue working freelance or try and be part of a company. I saw that there was an audition for BalletBoyz and I went along without any real conviction: the name BalletBoyz is misleading: it sounds like it's a brand or a rather artificial marketing tool and I wasn't sure about it.
The BBC had made a documentary about the two directors who used to be principal dancers with the Royal Ballet. In fact the name BalletBoys came from the TV documentary; the company has continued to grow since and the name has stuck. People know the name and it works well because people know straightaway that it's an all-male company.
The company also does film work and documentaries with the BBC and Sky Arts. I've taken part in three documentaries for the BBC and I did a solo for Channel 4.
In November 2015 we were in Normandy to make a feature length dance film on the War, choreographed by Ivan Perez: it was a collaboration between the BBC and Arte. The film is called "Young Men" and is released next November. We shot 1h 30minutes of dance in two weeks! It was very intense. In fact we have danced this piece on stage for two years and we thought we knew it well.

4) Does being filmed change the way you dance?
Yes, very much: the stage version and the film version are very different – it's almost a different story. The film tells the story of a group of soldiers and the horrors that they suffer during the war and the way in which they are transformed by the war. One of the phrases that we used as inspiration is "in war, there are no unwounded soldiers" because the choreography shows that as well as the physical damage the soldiers are also traumatised by the psychological damage that is inflicted on them.
Most of the scenes were filmed outside in the fields and sets that were created for the film; some scenes were shot in an industrial hangar where I dance a solo that tell the story of a wounded soldier who suffers shell shock. So we were outside and it was November, it was very cold! Sometimes we had to dance while were up to our knees in mud and we could hear the sounds of explosions. We had to adapt the choreography and the movements.
In fact when you dance for a film the dance itself is very different: you have to show the intention of a movement rather than the movement itself. You have to find a balance between the actual dance and cinematic effect. We were surprised to see the difference.

5) What are you doing at the moment?
Right now we are putting on a new production at Sadler's Wells Theatre from 20th – 24th April. We had about 10 weeks to create the piece and the result is great. We have very strong links with Sadler's Wells.
For this show we are presenting two very different works: the first has been created by a neo=classical choreographer and we are wearing rabbit masks!! It represents life. The second work represents death and it's a contemporary piece with an empty stage. It's really interesting to see two such contrasting works.

6) How do you live your life?
I find there are advantages and disadvantages to living in London: it's a city which has so many things to offer, where there is a melting pot of people and where you can find anything and everything. It's a cosmopolitan centre of art and culture, so when I go out I can always explore and find something to see. You never get bored! But, at the same time, it's huge, it can be stressful, it takes ages to to go anywhere. For example to get to work it takes me and hour and a half there and back. So when I get home I'm very tired, I have something to eat, take a shower and go to bed. It can be hard to meet up with friends. You cannot be spontaneous and get together at the drop of a hat like you can in Geneva: in London you have to plan everything. I sometimes go out at the weekend but often you just want to stay home and rest and relax. At Ballet Junior the quality of life was more easy going.

7) What are your wishes as far as your career is concerned?
I'm not sure. I don't have a big dream, I take each day as it comes. I want to dance with different companies. I think it's important for a dancer to travel and not to stay with the same company too long. That way you can meet people, learn more as a dancer, get to know different ways of dancing and learn new dance vocabularies. As long as you are young it's good to keep going.
My plans involve travel and I'll stop when I want to, but certainly not for the moment.
If I'm interested in a particular choreographer I'll go for an audition. I'm not even sure if I want to be part of a company full time or if I want to go freelance again: both have their advantages and disadvantages and you have to think about what you want. As a freelance you can work with different choreographers but it's stressful when you don't have any work. In a company you are always with the same dancers and you dance the same works for several months. Both options are interesting and I want to consider at what point in my life I should choose one or the other.

8) What are your interests apart from Dance?
I'm interested in everything around dance, so art, music, painting etc...Before I went to Codarts, I spent 3 years at the Academy of Art in Italy, in the sculpture department and I danced in the evenings. I decided to leave in order to pursue dancing and I stopped drawing because there wasn't enough time for both. I love going to museums and to the cinema.

9) What do you envisage doing when your dance career ends?
For the moment I don't really think I want to become a dance teacher. I'd like to choreograph but only once I've developed as a dancer, when I have my own vocabulary of movement, my own style, because I don't want to imitate anyone else.
I's also like to be an osteopath: as a dancer you know your body, you receive massages, you have physical examinations and you know your muscles and your bones. It would be interesting to work with other dancers and to be able to treat their specific problems.
I'd also like to design theatre sets because in this way I'd be able to combine my art background and my dance experience.

10) What message would you like to give the dancers at Ballet Junior?
I'd say to them what I have always said: Ballet Junior will make you love dance.
And also, you'll always meet other BJ dancers throughout the world! It's like one big family.
When you go to auditions and other BJ dancers are there, you can sense it: you recognise each other, there is something special; you share a sense of each other even if they weren't in the same year as you.
It's a really great school, in my opinion, one of the best; it's a very high level and you can see that in auditions.
Sean and Patrice work individually with each dancer. They aren't trying to create a company where everyone is the same. They push you to develop your own style, and your strengths in dance.
Their repertoire is incredible! Even professional companies don't always attract the choreographers that they have.
Being at Ballet Junior really helped me. It was at the time just after my knee operation. They introduced me to the world of professional dance.
They look for dancers who have talent: they have the ability to spot talent in dancers and take risks in order to encourage talent in a way that many others wouldn't.
It's 5 years since I left BJ and we still stay in touch and exchange news and photos.

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2018

Adam Seid Tahir

Adam Seid Tahir

2018 :
- Chor. Louise Mochia "Dance all year long festival" - Danemak
- Reprise de rôle avec Teac Damsa , Michael Keegan Dolan - Irelande
Dansathon 18 , membre de l'équipe lauréate de Londres, Sadlers Wells. ‘Digital Umbilical’

Alexandre Goyer

Alexandre Goyer

2018: Cie Dantzas - San Sebastien - Espagne

Andreas Muelas Blanco

Andreas Muelas Blanco

2018 : Dance Theatre Heidelberg, Ivan Perez - Allemagne

Esther Bachs Vinuela

Esther Bachs Vinuela

2018 : Projet T.Bacci & C.Perrin - Festival La Bâtie - Genève - Suisse
2019: Ballet de Lorraine - Nancy - France

Juliette Jean

Juliette Jean

2018 : Cie Titoyaya - Gustavo Ramirez Sansano - Espagne

Maya Feldman

Maya Feldman

 2018 : Cie Roy Assaf  - Israël

Michal Geyer

Michal Geyer

2018 : - Apprentie avec Cie Roy Assaf
  - Projet Talia Beck pour Festival "Curtain Up" - Tel Aviv - Israël

Naomi Charlot

Naomi Charlot

2018: Cie M.O / Maryne Bernard - Toulouse - France

Noémie de Almeida Ferreira

Noémie de Almeida Ferreira


CCN de Rilleux-la-Pape, Lyon , France (Centre Chorégraphique National) directeur: Yuval Pick

Océane Sasizza

Océane Sasizza

2018 : Création avec chorégraphe Lucia Piquero- Malte.
2019: Christine Hassid Project : Création - Bordeaux-France
Cie James Wilton Dance - Royaume Uni

Olivia Hansson

Olivia Hansson

2018: Semiramide Opera , Rossini. Chorégraphie Daisy Phillips - La Fenice - Italie

Rafaël Sauzet

Rafaël Sauzet

2018 : Projet T.Bacci & C.Perrin - Festival La Bâtie - Genève - Suisse

Sofia Sangregorio

Sofia Sangregorio

2018: - Orpheus & Eurydice production directed by Arnold Ostman, choreographed by Betina Marcolin - Ulriksdal Palace Theatre - Solna- Suède
- Dance video for FATTA organisation campaign - Sweden
- In creation with Giovanni Buccchieri
2019: World of Dance company /Nishant Bhola - Roosendal - Pays Bas

Thomas Queyrens

Thomas Queyrens

2018 : Enseigne la danse sur Genève - Suisse  et Lyon - France
2019 : Christine Hassid Project : Création 2019 - France

2017

Baptiste Cazaux

Baptiste Cazaux

2017: création de Joszef Trefeli - Genève, Suisse ,
reprise de rôle - Perrine Valli - Genève , Suisse
2018 : Reprise de rôle  "Rule of Three" de Jan Martens.
Création de son propre travail pour les quart d'heure de Sévelin, Lausanne
2019 : création avec chorégraphe Ayelin Parolin - Bruxelles - Belgique

Céline Schoefs

Céline Schoefs

2017: Ballet de Lorraine  (Nancy, France)

Giacomo Citton

Giacomo Citton

2017: Ballet Cullberg (Stockholm - Suède)

Julia Rieder

Julia Rieder

2017: National Dance Company Wales,
(Cardiff, UK)

Kelsey Rohr

Kelsey Rohr

2017:
Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho (Genève, Suisse)

Léa Déschaintres

Léa Déschaintres

2017 : Cie San.Toor (Suisse)
2019 : apprentie , Nouvelle création Olivier Dubois - Paris - France

Louis Bourrel Germain

Louis Bourrel Germain

2017: Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho 
(Genève,Suisse)

Maria Lua Carreira

Maria Lua Carreira

2017: Compagnia EgriBianco Danza
(Italie)

Marie Barriol

Marie Barriol

2017: projet Utile/Inutile - Foofwa d'imobilité
(Genève, Suisse)

Neal Maxwell

Neal Maxwell

2017: Gary Clark company (UK tour)
Hofesh Shechter II (Londres, UK)

Robinson Cassarino

Robinson Cassarino

2017: Hofesh Shechter II  (Londres, UK)
2018 : Compagnie Hofesh Shechter - Londres - UK

Shirwann Jeammes

Shirwann Jeammes

2017: Cie Olivier Dubois (France)
Cirque du Soleil  (Espagne)
2018 : Cie Burnout - Jann Gallois - France

Umut Ozdaloglu

Umut Ozdaloglu

2017: Master au Trinity Laban School  (Londres, Uk)

Willem-Jan Sas

Willem-Jan Sas

2017: Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France)

2016

Arnaud Bacharach: Création Perrine Valli + Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo"
                                                              - mise en scène Robert Carsen
Irit Brunner: Cie Inbal Dance Theatre - Tel Aviv - Israël
Eléonore Cabrera: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Viola Daus: Landes Theater Linz - Daniel Morales Perez - Autriche
Cyril Durand-Gasselin: Stagiaire Ballet du Nord- Roubaix - France "Auguri", National Dance Company Wales - UK
Robin Elissade-Fabre: Compagnie XXeme Tribu (François Lamargot)- France
                               + Projet Peter Agardi + reprise de rôle Christine Hassid
Laetitia Gex: Cie Alias - Guilherme Botelho
Natacha Kierbel: Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo" / Cie Ex Nihilo - France
Sarah Leenders: Compania de Danza Matosinos (Gustavo Oliviero)
                                      Apprentie (Janvier 2017) Porto - Portugal
Pascal Neyron: Opéra de Lausanne "L'Orfeo" - mise en scène Robert Carsen
Emeline Quinet: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Rémi Richaud: Olivier Dubois, Ballet du Nord - Roubaix- Fr "Auguri"
Anthony Roques: Mille Plateaux Associés - France / Cie Michel Kelemenis - France
Alizée Sourbé: Projet Utile/inutile Foofwa d'imobilité
Justinien Tétaud: Alienor ballet contemporain - France
Justine Tourillon: Olivier Dubois, Ballet du Nord - Roubaix - France "Auguri"

2015

Jeremy Alberge : Cie Inbal Pinto, (Israël)
Carl Crochet : Hofesh Shechter Junior (Royaume Uni)
Inès Depauw : Staatstheater Saarland Ballet, Sarbrucken (stagiaire), (Allemagne)
Jure Gostincar : Cie Zfin Malta, (Malte)
Elina Kajiya : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Sophie Lèbre : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Marie Pastorelli : Cie Grenade - Jozette Baiz, (France)
Murielle Pégou : Cie Grenade - Josette Baiz, (France)
Geoffrey Piberne : Cie Eco, Emilio Calcagno, (Sicile)
Evita Pitara : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Antonin Rioche : Projet, Cie Olivier Dubois (France)
Rudi Sbrizzi : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Juliette Valerio : Projet "Utile/Inutile " Foofwa d'Imobilité, (Suisse)
Léo Vendelli : Cie Zfin Malta (stagiaire) , (Malte)
Floriane Zaccaria : Cie Zfin Malta (stagiaire) , (Malte)

2014

Marta Almeida : Cie Yann Marussich (stagiaire), (Suisse)
Catarina Barbosa: Cie Gilles Jobin (Suisse)
Brian Caillet: Scottish Dance Theater (Royaume Uni)
Gabin Corredor: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)
Anne-Charlotte Huber : Shechter Junior (Royaume Uni)
Caroline Mougenot: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)
Erin O'Reilly: Cie Laura Tanner (Suisse)
Niels Plotard: Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company (Malte)

2013

Antoine Audras: Black Box Dance company (Danemark)
Diogo Bolacha de Souza: Hofesh Shechter Company (Royaume Unis)
Mirta Boschetti: Compagnia Antonio Minini (Italie)
Stanislas Charré: Cie Gilles Jobin (Suisse)
Charles Dalerci: Ballet de Lorraine (France)
Adreas Grimaldier: Phoenix Dance Theater (Royaume Uni)
Marico Koh: Stadttheater Bremerhaven (Allemagne)
Aline Lopes: 7273 (Suisse)
Anaïs Pensé: Cie Angelin Preljocaj (France)

2012

Giorgio Azzone: RBR Dance Company (Italie)
Constance Delorme: Alias (Suisse)
Zoé Dumont: création Maude Liardon (Suisse)
Edouard Hue: Hofesh Shechter Company (Angleterre)
Alex Inculet: Ballett am Rhein (Allemagne)
Caroline Jacquemont: création Maude Liardon (Suisse)
Lisa Kasman: IT Danza (Espagne)
Julie Koenig: Ballet Actuel (France)
Frank Kohler: Cie Linga (Suisse)
Anaïs Michelin: Cie Angelin Preljocaj (France)
Guillaume Quéau: Cedar Lake Company (USA)
Aurélie Robichon: Tanz Luzerner Theater (Suisse)

2011

Samir M'Kirech: DV8 - Londres (Angleterre)
Rémi Benard: Staatstheater Kassel (Allemagne)
Andreas Carruciu: Qorum Ballet - Portugal/Ballet Boys (Londres)
Lucile Moulin: Celllule Insertion Ballet de Lorraine, CCN (France)
Julien Ramade: Alias (Suisse)/ Ballet National de Marseille (France)
Candide Sauvaux: Alias (Suisse)
Erik Lobelius: Alias (Suisse)
Emilie Garetier: Alias (Suisse)
Marion Rochefeuille: Alias (Suisse)
Manon Parent: Boursière de la Fulbright Commission (stagiaire Cedar Lake - USA)
Violette Wanty: Cie DCA - Philippe Decouflé (France)

2010

Chloé Albaret - (NDT2, Pays Bas)
Alice Baccile - (Stadtsteater Munich , Allemagne)
Mathilde Gilhet - (Quorum Ballet, Portugal)
Pascal Marty - (Saarbrucke Stadtsteater, Allemagne)
Anais Michelin - (Europadanse, France)
Ivanka Moizan - (Cie Suède)
Danilo Moroni - (Europadanse, France)
Rosario Nistico - (Cie Kamea, Israel)
Guillaume Payen - (Cie Kamea, Israel)
Miki Wakabayashi - (Saarbrucke Stadtsteater, Allemagne)
Jorys Zegarac - (Cie Preljocaj, France)

2009

Bersier Bérénice - (Cie Cathy Sharp , Basel)
Lawrence Rachel - (Ballet de Lucerne)
Pelacchi Fillipo - (Introdans- Arnhem Pays Bas)
Signoretti Luca - (Ballet de Lucerne)

2008

Sophie Balet - Theater Ulm - Ballett - Allemagne
Stéphanie Bayle - Alias - Genève
Linda Boninsegni - Tees Valley Dance Company - Angleterre
Michael Pascault - Cie Cathy Sharp - Suisse
Morgane de Toeuf - Stadttheater Giessen, Tanztheater - Allemagne
Ariane Voineau - Cie Danse K par K , Karine Ledoyen - Canada
Audrey Plombin - Monte ses propres chorégraphies

2007

Teresa Belza Palomar (Cie Iker Gómez - Espagne)
Aoi Keimi (Gisela Rocha Campany - Zürich)
Elodie Koch (production Grand Théâtre de Genève - Omar Porras)
Sara Giannatiempo (Cie Nomades - Suisse)
Laure Lescoffy (Ballet de Lorraine - France)
Monica Sanz (Ballet de Lorraine - France)

2006

Laia Duran Figols (Staatstheater-Darmstadt)
Jessica François (Theater St Gallen, Cie Philippe Saire - Lausanne)
Kenneth Henry (Stadttheater - Giessen)
Fanny Mayné (Alias Cie-Genève)
Amandine Schembri (Cie Maryse Delente-Roanne)
Julia Szemro (Staatstheater-Darmstadt)
Raphaële Teicher (Cie Marie-Laure Agrapart - Paris)

2005

Coralie Bernard - Lyon Opéra Ballet
Ruth Childs - Cie Jean-Marc Heim - Cie Neopost Ahrrrt - Cie Jozsef Trefeli
James O'Hara - Ballet Preljocaj - Cie Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ingrid Sempere - Alias Cie - Scottish Ballet
Olivia Ortega - création Cie Pif en l'Air - Cie Filibert Tologo
Daisy Philipps - Cie Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Alain Platel

2004

Céline Holzer - Ballet Actuel
Alfonso Hierro Delgado - Ballet de Innsbruck

2003

Philia Maillardet - Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève - Alias Cie

2002

Olivia Cassereau - Cie Sébastien Perrault
Sébastien Perrault - création Cie Sébastien Perrault - Cie Pietragalla - Cie Olivier Dubois
Isabelle Rigat - Cie Laura Tanner - Cie Neopost Ahrrrt - Cie Gilles Jobin

2001

Caroline Teillier - Cie Hoogenraad - Cie Laura Tanner
Annalisa Cioffi - CCN Ballet Biarritz
Maria-Lorena Fichaux - English National Ballet

Interviews of ex-dancers

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