9 May 2018
Author: The Place and Renaud Wiser

Q&A with Renaud Wiser

We spoke to Renaud Wiser who teaches on our evening classes programme at The Place. 

Tell us about your background in dance...

I started my career as a ballet dancer with The Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and the Ballet National de Marseille before performing contemporary work with the Gothenburg Ballet and Rambert. Since 2010, I have slowed down my career as a performer to focus on choreography. I am a member of New Movement Collective, I direct my own dance group, Renaud Wiser Dance Company and have recently been appointed co-artistic director of Newcastle based dance company Fertile Ground.

What do you like most about teaching?

The human connections, the meetings and being able to share a practice that has been transmitted to me previously. I also enjoy very much seeing participants develop new coordination and movement qualities and thinking I had my part in this progress.

Who was your most influential teacher? 

There have been many great ones but the most formative was my main ballet teacher in Geneva, Helene Roux, who worked with me during the most crucial years of my training, from 15 to 19 years old. She taught me to work intelligently and helped me acquire a very strong base from which to build on.

What has been your biggest challenge as a dancer?

Possibly juggling with very different movement styles during the same performance, which is common in many repertory companies and was particularly the case at Rambert. We would go from the endurance challenge, movement precision and fluidity of Christopher Bruce's choreography to the high pace high energy of Bonachela's to the lyricism of Kim Brandstrup's all in one night. But in retrospect, I find those challenges easily manageable compared to the many challenges of putting a show together as an independent choreographer.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I am a big food lover so I think for a dinner party, I would invite a few great chefs, watch them cook and steal some tricks: Adria Ferran, Pierre Hermé, Paul Bocuse if he was still alive. For the atmosphere, my friends and family would provide plenty of entertainment. 

Renaud teaches Release Based Contemporary Level 3 on a Tuesday evening. We run regular classes for all ages and abilities plus special courses and workshops, find out more and get dancing with us. 


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