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Dancer ready to wow Sadler's Wells

 

Dancer Kym Sojourna

A dancer from Notting Hill who honed her craft at two of Chiswick’s famous stage schools is preparing for a season at Sadler’s Wells.

Kym Sojourna, 21, talks to getwestlondon about her career to date and the upcoming festival programme.

 

From May 20-24 the professional dance company Rambert will be returning to Sadler’s Wells with another programme of lively shows.

The group, which left Chiswick last year for a new home on the South Bank, will present an eclectic mix of dances including Rooster, a celebration of the swinging Sixties set to the music of the Rolling Stones. This will be the first time the group has performed this piece in 13 years.

Among the cast will be Kym Sojourna, a Notting Hill resident, daughter of Sandra and Kenny Alexander and sister to Marvin and Kadeem.

Explaining how she got into the world of the arts she said: “I was 10 or 11 years old when I went into the library at Labdroke Grove where I spotted a flyer for a local dance school.

“I went along one Saturday purely thinking it would be a hobby, but I seemed to really enjoy it.

“I did ballet, tap and jazz and then the teacher suggested I enrol in the Arts Educational School in Chiswick.

“It was really interesting, but the days were very long with a mix of dancing and acting alongside normal schoolwork and homework too.”

The school was founded in 1939 and had its headquarters in central London and Hertfordshire until 1986 when it moved into Cone Ripman House, in Bath Road, Turnham Green.

Since 2007 its president has been the theatre impresario Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (who Kym sadly never got to meet).

She added: “When I got to about 15 I really wanted to quit, but my family were keen for me to carry on and got me to stick at it.

“When I got to 16 I went straight into the Rambert where I was enrolled on a three year professional dance course.

Days then got even harder as you were dancing from 9am to 6pm and sometimes even later than that.

“At the end of each term you take part in shows which the whole school comes and watches. You all learn from each other and everyone is very supportive.

I always found I preferred contemporary dance over classical ballet and I always look for inspiration in dances when I see them.”

Fellow Chiswick school Rambert was founded by Marie Rambert in 1926 and is Britain’s oldest dance company.

When it moved from its High Road home into its new £19.6million purpose built site on the South Bank last year the school was honoured by a visit from Her Majesty The Queen.

Kym was one of the lucky dancers chosen to meet the royal guest and said: “It was overwhelming. Growing up in London you dream about things like that but not many people ever get to do it.

“I know people in the USA who always ask if you’ve ever met the Queen, so it’s cool to be able to say I have.

“Our new home is amazing, we get to rehearse in full sized studios now, whereas at Chiswick there was one room with a floor so weak none of us were allowed to jump while practicing in case we caused a collapse!

“We also now have the National Theatre right opposite us and can get tickets to all the best shows, which I absolutely love.”

Kym’s main role in the upcoming programme is going to be in a production called Sounddance, a seminal piece by late master of dance Merce Cunningham.

First created in 1982, Richard Alston’s short, sharp and witty solo is set to a tongue-twisting soundtext by Charles Amirkhanian. With live music by the Rambert Orchestra.

She added: “The Sadlers Wells programme is going to be hard work, but we’re all looking forward to it very much.

“The future is looking very bright, I’m determined to keep doing what I love and striving to be better.

“We are always being given the chance to be in something new and I’ve been very lucky so far.”

For tickets, which cost between £8-£38, call the box office on 08444124300 or visit http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2014/Rambert/

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