Philip Hedges – Estonian National Ballet
beautiful people…
…there where passion becomes air…

…why did you choose balet?

Both my parents were dancers and my mother still teaches ballet so I grew up somewhat accustomed to dance. I never thought of dancing myself though until I was twelve and felt I had to give it a try. I didn’t fall in love immediately, but later, when I saw videos of Baryshnikov and other dancers I decided I wanted to make this my profession. Most of all I appreciate the challenge dance gives me, but also the process in the studio of building something together and of course it’s wonderful if we can make an audience experience emotions with us.

…have you ever thought about anything else?

I did actually. Before I started dancing I wanted to become an architect. I believe I could be happy doing any job that lets me express myself creatively, whether that’s by designing, writing or –what I do right now, moving.

…how does your normal day look like? (before quarantine and now)

I’m not the kind of person that has a rigid routine, apart from morning class the workload varies, depending on what I’m rehearsing at the time. When I’m less busy I go to the gym, read, write or meet up with friends. After a long day of work I tend to just relax at home. When I have a show I usually take a short nap in the afternoon before going to the theater and getting ready to perform, then I have a celebratory drink and go to sleep. Since the quarantine, I’ve had more time to rethink my priorities. I was happy I could spend time with my family and I also recovered from an injury that had affected me for quite some time. I started training more intelligently than before, focusing on rehabilitating my injury. I also took more time to stay in touch with my friends and do some of the side projects that I had kept putting off before.

…what gives you inspiration and motivation in difficult moments?

Being thankful for the what I have, reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to do what I love every day, especially considering how fragile a lot of the things are that we take for granted. It’s too easy to get caught up with details and worry about things we can’t change, but it helps to know that the we are the one person we can give happiness to.

…what do you value the most in your life?

That I have the freedom to make my own choices at this point in life and that I have people around me that I care about.

…what do you value the most in you?

I’ve always been fairly creative and I don’t give up easily.

…the most beautiful moment in your life:

Probably this moment right now, because I can look back on all the beautiful things I experienced in the past and I’m closest to the ones awaiting me in the future.

…what is your dream?

I’m careful not to wish for anything too specific, because it’s impossible to know how things will turn out. That being said, I hope I will be able to keep doing what brings me joy in life.

…inspiration thought or quote for other people:

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life. (By Terry Pratchett)

…what is your favourite ballet and why?

Either Don Quixote, because it’s overall entertaining and Espada was my first big role I got to dance as a professional dancer. I love Spartacus too, above all for its score and Romeo and Juliet, for the music and because Romeo was my first principal role.

…is there anything else you want to share?

I want to thank you for this interview, it’s wonderful to know that dance has so many supporters and that alone is the reason I get to do this job I love.