Sir Anthony Dowell
Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet, Sir Anthony Dowell. His future was determined as a child when he stood before Dame Ninette de Valois with his trousers rolled to the knee. It took only a short glance at his legs for her to accept him into the Royal Ballet School. As he grew and developed as a dancer, his talent was spotted and soon the great choreographers Kenneth Macmillan and Frederick Ashton began creating roles for him.
His outstanding technique and dramatic sense inspired generations of dancers. But now, as Director of the Royal Ballet, he fights to keep dance at the top of the arts agenda in the face of much criticism and controversy.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Eight English Dances by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Book: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Luxury: Sketch pad and paints
|Interviewed Guest||Sir Anthony Dowell|