We open the show tomorrow. It is absolutely amazing and wouldn't be so with out the hard work of our artists. Meet Dancer Liam Saito, who is one of the many hardworking artists that make Orpheus and Euridice so special.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 19 years old, and am a dancer in the Aspirant program at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where I am training to be a professional Ballet Dancer. I was raised in Massachusetts, and moved to Winnipeg when I was 15 years old after being offered a scholarship to attend the Professional Division full time program which offers immersive and Intensive training for young dancers.
What was appealing to you about coming to Vermont to dance for VTOP?
When I heard about the opportunity to dance in Orpheus and Euridice, I was very excited to be a part of it, since not only am I always looking for professional opportunities but, it was a chance to dance in an opera (something I have never done before), and also perform so close to home. My Mother grew up in Castleton Vermont, and my grandparents still live there, so I have a connection to the area and have enjoyed spending time here this summer!
What is your favorite ballet?
One of my favorite pieces of music of all time is the entire score of the Ballet Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. It is so beautiful and cohesive throughout, and watching that Ballet and listening to that music as a child truly brought out my passion for dance and music.