Thursday, November 12, 2009

The NZ Series #5 - Sir Jon Trimmer

One of New Zealand's great dancers is also -not surprisingly, of course- a consistent beret-wearer.
Sir Jon Trimmer, 70 years old, joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet at the age of 19 (the RNZB was only 3 years old itself). His last lead role was that of Don Quixote, last Summer season, and was no finale for him. He had two New Zealand tours planned for next year, as well as one overseas one. Ballet in New Zealand is in good health.
There are very few dancers still on the stage at his age; Sir Jon says his secret is simply: "Enjoyments and self discipline."
The native Wellingtonian played with many great stars of the art: Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn, to name a few.

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