11 July 2018
Author: The Place and Mary Sol Martin del Castillo

Meet The Dancer: Mary Sol Martin del Castillo

We spoke to EDGE dancer Mary Sol Martin del Castillo.

Mary Sol trained in ballet and contemporary dance from the age of eight, she later trained at Conservatorio de Granada (Spain) for ten years. 

You are touring the UK and internationally with 19 dates in 6 countries, what are you most looking forward to about this?

The tour is one of the most exciting parts of working with EDGE this year, not only because we will show to the world the hard work put into the pieces the past few months, but also because it is the opportunity to get to know myself better on the performing and endurence aspect of being a company dancer, not only phsicaly but mentally too. It is a great opportunity to see other places, to meet other people and build a deepeer relatioship with my colleagues.

How do the different cultures in the company (Costa Rica, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, USA and the UK) come together?

I think we are all people with open minds and curiosity, which means that we get on really and respect each others cultures and backgrouds. The differences between all of us is an important aspect of the group, it is what we love about each other and what brings us together, making the group so interesting.

 In which ways do you inspire each other?

As I mentioned before, the little diferences, backgrounds and cultures are the details that make us who we are, stronger personalities and authentic human beings. We all have so much to learn from each other and ways to inspire to each other.

We inspire each other through the diferent ways that each individual approaches things that are presented in front of us, the different quality of the movements, due to the different backgrounds each of us have, and different personal history. The feeling of caring for each other is increasing along the journey and this is something that says a lot about the people around you.

You are working with four contrasting choreographers, what are the different ways of working and how do you adapt to each?

Despite the fact that each of the choreographers came with a completely different idea, I have approached it with a very open mind to try things out be as physically ready as possible for the work. The big difference for me has been in the mind-set that each of the choreographers have required from us. With some of them the mental preparation was  important before entering the studio.

What can audiences expect from the mixed bill?

The audience will experience is a huge range of ways to approach dance and to work with your body. I think that is why this show is so interesting; you won´t see a similar thing in any piece but our individuality and the way we work with each other in order to represent and communicate something.

What do you hope to learn and achieve throughout the tour?

I hope I can learn how to enjoy myself while working full on in the performances. I want to learn how to be more resilient and how to take care of myself in a really intense period like the tour. My goal is to be present each day, knowing that I am ready, to trust myself and bit be afraid to give a 100%.

What has the process taught you about yourself so far?

For me this year has been an important process of self-discovery. I realised how much pressure I put on myself and how much I limit myself to take risks, because I didn´t want to make mistakes. This has been a year of up and downs, moments of pure enjoyment and others a more challenging.

You will finish your tour with a residency in Portugal, teaching and developing new works with 150 young people aged 3 - 25 years, from the region. In which ways do you hope do develop from this collaborative experience?

I hope that sharing this experience with them can bring us all growth and new perspectives. All that I have learned this year will become more grounded, it will become part of who I am. I hope to learn what it means to be a full time professional dancer without forgetting the human part. Having learned this and to share it in this way to the world is a true gift.

One of your performances in Portugal is dedicated to works created by yourselves, how does this add to your experience?

It is a huge opportunity which will enrich the experience of EDGE. It broadens the range of skills we gain and opens our horizons in the dance world. As dancers we never have enough time, so to be able to devote time in our own ideas is a gift. It is an opportunity to connect with our colleagues and share our own experiences in other fields, and our own inspiration and styles.

How do you feel being a member of EDGE has helped to prepare you for professional life?

I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of EDGE this year. It has been an intense experience in all senses, but incredibly important and revealing. I have learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a dancer. It has wholeheartedly helped me to be more ready for professional life.

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