David Hallberg is interviewed by Michael Kaiser at the Kennedy Center. Story by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post.
The set could have come straight out of the play “Frost/Nixon,” performed on the Eisenhower stage five years ago: Kaiser and Hallberg in wingback chairs, arranged on an area rug to make the vast space look more intimate. At one point, an overhead screen showed Hallberg’s audition tape for the Paris Opera Ballet’s school at age 16, when the elegant line of the future prince was very much in evidence. A year later, Hallberg landed in Paris, where he spoke no French, had no friends, was teased by other students and, outside of ballet class, was generally miserable. He stuck out the year, then joined ABT.