This month Sven-Eric Muller stars in the new Sean Bovim ballet, Private Presley. We chatted to him about his journey through the ballet and stage world:
Q1: I loved West Side Story and it seems like so did the rest of Cape Town! How was the whole experience?
WSS was fantastic!!! I really enjoyed Diesel, the hooligan I played. The set was outstanding and out of this world, I was surrounded by outrageous talent, everyone started to feel like family, and then to top it all off the full houses…it was an experience I will never forget.
Q2: What made you go to your first ballet class?
Q3: How has it been working with Sean Bovim?
Working with Sean is truck-load of fun and has been a life changer for me. I started with him in 2011 in Romeo’s Kiss, I was terrible. Hired as an apprentice, aka-glorified background noise, I worked hard and got to do more than was originally anticipated and he saw something in me. He continued to employ me willingly! I was shocked time after time. He had a big hand in my development as a dancer and a performer. I certainly would not be dancing a principal role if it hadn’t been for him. He allows you to enjoy the stiff discipline that is ballet by taking out the snobbery and adding the fun. Bovim Ballet is a great environment to work in.
Q4: How has it been returning to a ballet company after being in a musical?
Returning to ballet after a 1 week off is difficult. Returning to ballet after 1 and a half years of musical theatre was traumatising! I thought I had readied myself with copious hours of pilates and gym…but man was I wrong. Ballet requires constant ballet in order for you to stay and look ballet. It was a shock to the body going from Louisa Talbotts sharp grounded contemporary style straight into Sean Bovims rock n roll ballet that is nothing short of a gymnastic strength act at times. Note to self: do more ballet!
Q5: What are you most excited about for this production?