Jun 20, 2018
Hope Muir is artistic
director of Charlotte Ballet. Her first season as artistic
director in 2017-18 included the introduction of eight new
choreographers to the company, the creation of five new ballets,
and two ballets making American premieres. Before
joining Charlotte Ballet, Hope was assistant artistic director at
the Scottish Ballet. She has taught classical and contemporary
dance at The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet,
Rambert Dance Company and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company.
She had a 20-year career as a dancer. She was a founding
member of London Festival Ballet School, then joined the company
(now English National Ballet) before dancing for the Rambert Dance
Company in London and later Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In
the summer of 2018, Hope will serve as a guest artist for The
School at Jacob's Pillow.
This episode is perfect for
anyone interested in the work of an artistic director of a ballet
company and a career in ballet and modern dance.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Hope reflects on
her first year as artistic director of the
Charlotte Ballet and what surprised her.
- She explains what an artistic director
does and what part of her work she loves the most.
- She describes what someone
would have seen if they watched the ballet The Most
Incredible Thing and the significance of presenting
- She talks about
the pros and cons of touring as a company.
- Hope answers why Charlotte Ballet does not identify any of its
dancers as principal dancers.
- She considers the responsibility of artistic directors to
connect what is on stage with social realities in the
- She answers whether she would stage gay and lesbian
themes on stage.
- She explains how
she assesses a dancer and what traits in a dancer she is
drawn to and excites her.
- Hope shares whether she sees any changes in the
composition of the dance company at Charlotte Ballet
- She discusses whether there is space on stage for older
dancers and what project and role would bring her back on
- She talks about deciding what not to do, what
choreographers she would like to bring to Charlotte, and the
'bespoke repertoire' she wants to create.
- She remembers growing up in Toronto and what drew her
- Hope notes the turning point in her dance
career and what she learned about herself as a young
- She answers whether the Charlotte Ballet is a
stepping-stone job for her and whether she would take the
call to become the artistic director of a national ballet
- She shares what informs her intellectually and what she
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