Vienna Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker – interview with Gill Mallek

On 10th October, we are delighted to welcome The Nutcracker, performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet.

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

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With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story.

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For tickets click here

We asked Gill Mallek, the Vienna Festival Ballet’s Marketing Manager a few questions.

You were a former pupil of Lorna Timms in Camberley – how important were those days for you and can you remember anything vital you learned?

Those days were so important, they instilled my love for ballet and dance, I adored my teacher Lorna Timms, and I passed my very first ballet exam with Honours at her school

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Vienna Festival Balllet The Nutcraker Medina Theatre 16 12 16 Copyright Graham Reading Photography

How did you end up with the Vienna Festival Ballet?

I auditioned for Vienna Festival Ballet back in 1981, I was lucky to be accepted and have been there ever since

How many productions have you worked on and do you have any stand out favourites?

I danced in all the productions , as Corps de Ballet and later Soloist. My favourite roles are Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Queen of the Wilis in Giselle.

 

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Vienna Festival Balllet The Nutcraker Medina Theatre 16 12 16 Copyright Graham Reading Photography

When did you start to get more involved in the production of ballet rather than dancing?

After Peter and I got married and I had my children, so around 20 years ago

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What is the best ballet you’ve ever seen and what made it so special?

 Giselle and Swan Lake are my favourite ballets. always very special to me, the music combined with the choreography never fails to thrill me 

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Vienna Festival Balllet The Nutcraker Medina Theatre 16 12 16 Copyright Graham Reading Photography

Have you any advice for and young dancers?

You have to really like it,  you need lots of determination and you have to enjoy working hard.

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