Adam Bull is currently a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet and we have had the pleasure of this short interview with him below:
In 3 words what does dance mean to you?
Passion, art and discipline
Favourite ballet to dance?
Graham Murphy’s Swan Lake
From your personal experience do you feel that ballet is accessible to most people?
I don’t think ballet is accessible to everyone. It’s often seen as elitist and an art form for the upper mid class to enjoy. To break down these walls and make it more financially accessible to patrons would be a great thing.
If you could change one thing about this art form what would it be? (Funny answers welcome)
The toll it has on your body. The rigors it has on you physically is immense.
If you could give some advice to your pre-professional self what would it be?
Enjoy every moment. Savor the highs and learn from the lows.
What is a typical misconception about ballet that you would like to set straight?
That most ballerinas don’t eat!! To do what we do at the level we do, it wouldn’t be possible to not fuel yourself in the best possible way.
What are you reading?
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
What inspires you to work harder everyday?
My colleagues are my daily inspiration and admiration. My close work mates and best friends bring out the best in me and give me the positive energy to push myself even when you think there is nothing left to give.
Ballet without Borders aims to allow children from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience ballet- if you had ultimate power for a day what would you do to make this happen?
To take money out of the equation. So much seems to come down to the bottom line. To open the doors and let people into our world where money doesn’t have to be an underlying factor would be great thing.
Photo courtesy of the Australian Ballet