Siobhan Davies: interview

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One of the UK’s greatest and most distinctive choreographers, Siobhan Davies is one of our 40th birthday heroes

  • Siobhan Davies: interview

    Siobhan Davies: 'We have a very developed culture in London. How do we use it to make changes that are genuinely useful for everybody?'

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    Who are your London heroes?

    ‘Robin Cook, for standing up in the House of Commons and being extraordinarily eloquent about why we should not go to war. At that moment he represented clearly all the muddled thinking that I had, and said in very few, clear sentences what I think those million people went and marched in the street about.’

    What’s the biggest thing that’s happened in your field in London in the past 40 years?

    ‘The arrival and growth of dance beyond classical ballet. ‘

    What’s your favourite place or thing in London?

    ‘My building. It’s architectural and movement-oriented, and it will become the building of ideas that I set it out to be.’

    What’s the future for your field in London?

    ‘More children should go to the theatre from an early age. But what would most make a difference is to make quite sure, if there is a new government, that it’s aligned to the arts, is conscious of art’s uses and doesn’t undermine things by cutting any money. We have a very developed culture in London. How do we use it to make changes that are genuinely useful for everybody? And one of those changes is how we deal the environmental dilemma of climate change.’

    What does Time Out mean to you?

    ‘It’s a place that’s said yes to us in our own city. Sometimes your own city isn’t always friendly, but Time Out has turned around and been positive.’
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