Times Of India Kolkata
Michael Jackson was very sweet with us: Annalouise
Deblina Chakravorty, TNN | Oct 15, 2012, 12.00AM IST
How was it working with Michael Jackson? Were you intimidated? The strangest thing is, big stars are the most gracious people! I started dancing quite late — at 19. I finished my training in England and then lived in Los Angeles for seven years. I danced for one of his videos, In The Closet from Dangerous. Naomi Campbell was also there.
You're blushing... (Laughs) We spent seven days shooting in the desert. It was during that time when Michael was involved in all that controversy! In spite of that, he was nice to everyone, though we were a little cagey when he was around. I've also worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies and with opera singer Placido Domingo in LA. They're all very humble people and that's what has taken them this far.
What IS contemporary dance? The principle and definition and the reason I believe contemporary dance has taken on this name is because it consistently pushes its own boundaries. The principles of Flamenco and any other traditional or classical dance, Kathak, for example, is that they're deeply rooted in rhythm and a fixed grammar. They can be contemporized but can never become contemporary.
Tell us something about your upcoming projects? I have two productions lined up. One is a new work where I'm working with an Egyptian drummer. The other is about body percussion and has six dancers doing Indian, Flamenco, Aboriginal, Polynesian, contemporary and Western movements. It's called Mother Tongue.
Don't you feel like going back to Hollywood? I will, if it's the right job. LA is very work-focused. When you have a job it's fun. When you don't, it can be quite tough. My LA experience has fed into what I am today. I'm happy living in Sydney for the time being. I'm still working for television, have my own dance company. Unless, of course, I fall in love with someone in LA!