Lime interview - Theatre
interview with Gary Lloyd
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
Award winning choreographer and director Gary Lloyd has a long list of theatre and television credits.
Having worked with international stars including Will Young and Girls Aloud, he has choreographed and directed Thriller Live in the West End as well working on The X-Factor and the Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. In this interview Gary tell us about the feel-good production Flash Mob and his passion for dance.
Tell us a bit about the ideas surrounding the production Flash Mob
Flash mob is as it says on the poster, it’s live! The idea was to put together acts that have been involved in reality TV dance shows, that are professional and it showcases each stars talent.
What was the response like when Flash Mob was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
It feels like we have only literally just come back! It was amazing. I think we were just enjoying what we do.
There’s going to be a lot of talent on stage including stars from Sky One’s Got To Dance, BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance? and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. What can the audience expect?
I think a real variety of stuff really. The show is catered for all ages and it’s most definitely a family show, we’ve got a bit of everything for everybody. Anybody that has an interest in any form of dance is going to get something out of the show.
Has choreography been something you were passionate about from a young age?
Yes- since I was about six years old. I started in ballroom and Latin American; when my parents moved around, that took me to different dance schools.
You have also choreographed and directed things like Thriller Live in the West End, worked with international stars including Will Young and Girls Aloud as well working on The X-Factor and the Royal Variety Performance. What’s next?
Well after Flash Mob, I’m doing a show called Top of the Pops Live, which is a concert show. I’ve directed and choreographed 20th Century Boy and then Thriller Live is going to Brazil.
What keeps you grounded?
I think the main thing for anyone is organisation; be prepared and know what you’re going into. Have everything ready, have all your tools and ideas ready to go so you’re not caught off guard. There is always someone behind you ready to take your place.
Who inspires you the most?
Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I play the guitar, I’m a secret musician.
How is the Gary Lloyd studio running?
I had that running and did that for a while. It’s on pause but the workshop was running for two years.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to follow in your dancing shoes, in choreography?
Don’t do it if you have any doubts whatsoever. It’s so much tougher now than it was when I came into the industry. You have to have thick skin, discipline and really want it.
If you could sum up your career in one word- what would you say?
What have you done to give back to the community?
I don’t get a chance to do it so much now; but when I was running the studio I did a lot of teaching for under privileged children, for kids that couldn’t afford to join the workshop. It was one of the most rewarding things that I have done.
Info: 7.30pm. 16 October – 4 November 2012, 0844 412 4322, www.sadlerswells.com
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