News: Viviana Durante

Friday 11 April 2008

Ballerina Viviana Durante, a contemporary of Darcey Bussell and Sylvie Guillem at the Royal Ballet until 2000, is returning to the London stage – but in a play at the National Theatre rather than a ballet at the Opera House.

She’s appearing in Fram, a new play by poet Tony Harrison about the life of the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, which perhaps surprisingly includes the role of ‘Ballerina’.

The choreographer for the production is Wayne McGregor, who made Fleur de Peux for Durante while she was still at the Royal Ballet.

Since leaving London she’s been appearing with K-Ballet in Japan, as well as with American Ballet Theatre and in Europe.

She talks about her role to Sarah Crompton in the Telegraph :

“I am like this universal figure representing a mixture of grief and the Aurora Borealis and then fear because of the Arctic and the ice. It’s a huge responsibility. I’ve got a six-minute solo to do all that.”
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Previews are already running at the National.

The press night is on 17 April and Fram continues in rep. until 22 May

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