In Conversation: Edward Watson and Rick Guest
11 January 2019, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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by Rick Guest
Edward Watson, Principal at The Royal Ballet, and photographer Rick Guest talk to Dance Critic Sarah Crompton to celebrate the publication of a landmark portfolio of portraits that honour both his career and spirit.
Edward Watson, Principal of The Royal Ballet, is a giant among dancers. He is both the only British male Principal currently performing and is the longest serving Principal at The Royal Ballet. He has had an astonishing career, having had more roles created on him than any other dancer in The Royal Ballet today.
Rick Guest is arguably the pre-eminent dance photographer of his generation, and with his collaborator Olivia Pomp, seeks to create a lasting legacy for this most ephemeral of art forms through his photographic celebration of what Martha Graham called “The Language of the Soul”.
Sarah Crompton is the former Arts Editor-in-Chief and Dance Critic at The Telegraph. Born in Manchester, she was educated at Hertford College, Oxford and University College, Cardiff, before beginning her career on the Coventry Evening Telegraph. Since then she has worked on Woman, Woman’s Own and the Telegraph Magazine before arriving at the paper as Arts Editor.