Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist? (community, financially, initial reactions, company shift, online class, emotions, initial cancellation reaction)
I was actually in Paris, performing at the Théâtre du Châtelet. We had our performances cut short because of the restrictions that were introduced and I had to leave Paris early. That was quite hard because it was a really big show and it was really exciting and it felt like it didn't get to finish in a lot of ways. I feel like I'm still holding on to that a bit, like wishing that I'd been able to finish up the performances and everything right.
Q: What were your initial reactions and emotions to the shutdown?
Well, I had a studio apartment in Marseille and I was trying to decide whether it was better to just go back to Marseille and possibly be by myself for a long time or to come to London and be able to stay with my boyfriend. I chose to come to London in the end and I think that was definitely a good decision, seeing as how long things have rolled out for. I’m living in a house with five other dancers so I think it's nice to sort of have that support group to isolate with.
From AUSTRALIA Clara started dance training at age 3 at her local dance school on the east coast of Australia. In 2016 she moved to London to study at Rambert school, graduating with a BA in ballet and contemporary dance. During her time there she was lucky enough to perform a solo at the Linbury Theatre as part of the Royal Opera House Young Talent Festival 2019. In the same year, Clara commenced an apprenticeship with Ballet National de Marseille – (La)Horde.