Gary Avis interview: ‘If you could bottle that feeling after the curtain goes down...’

Gary Avis: 'I love a good cloak'
Gary Avis: 'I love a good cloak' Credit: Bridgeman


Thirty years since he first joined the Royal Ballet, its critically acclaimed principal character artist talks to Mark Monahan about tackling Tybalt, partnering Darcey Bussell and swirling turquoise cloaks

“There’s no point being on stage and trying to convey a story to an audience unless you really understand your own character’s story,” says Gary Avis.        

It is this borderline Method approach to his art that has helped make Avis the Royal Ballet’s most formidable not-so-secret weapon. Although an accomplished classical dancer, he is not a “regular” principal, but a principal character artist, very much like being a top character actor as opposed to a film star. The people he plays...

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