Normally I come to around half past eight, and then I have coffee. As Marci Gerlóczy put it in one of his books, “I have coffee so I can go and have coffee.” Then I drag myself to the Opera House, and have coffee and breakfast. Morning practice starts at 10 a.m. 2 or 3 times a week I take my children to kindergarten, so on those days my day starts with them.
A difficult question. It keeps changing all the time. I listen to a song or an album over and over. And then when I get bored with it, I put on something else. Mostly it’s Gyuri Ferenczy, Budapest Bár, Guns&Roses, Biohazard, Quimby, Dog Eat Dog, Kispál. But of course that’s not the complete list.
I have many. Four or five years ago I read Capote’s In Cold Blood and it made a great impression on me. Otherwise, I’m a huge Kundera fan, so if I had to name a favourite author, it would be him. My most recent read was Madame Bovary, which is a universal classic, since she could be you or me. Every day I see Madame Bovarys around.
Tuscany, Italy. Small islands, Greece. The sea.
I’ve been cooking and baking since I was little.
I’m a news junkie. I read Index and Origo all the time. That’s how my day begins.
I don’t read any.
I’m not much of a dresser. I think I like cool T-shirts. I don’t have any favourites.
Stretch pants, anything in pink.
Ivan from The Brothers Karamazov. I’m pleased that I was given the role, but each night I died a little, both physically and emotionally. I also liked the roles of Petruchio, Tybalt, and Bottom, or in other words, I liked every role that Seregi cast me in.
Kundera. I’d ask him if he is happy, was happy. I’d also ask him if the many men and women he wrote about were fictitious. I would also like to talk to other authors.
I saw a tape of Zoltán Solymosi dancing. It was like a force of nature, elemental, as if a rock ‘n’ roll star were dancing. That ballet can be masculine is important for me and I saw this strength in Zoli. He had an amazing career. He was hugely popular with both audiences and people in the profession. He’s the only Hungarian dancer to be a soloist with the Royal Ballet and worked for them for a long time.
Russian dancer and choreographer Baryshnikov is also a key figure in today’s contemporary ballet.
Someone else I’d like to mention is Gábor Keveházi. He was my teacher and I think he’s an amazing mentor. He’s really good with people... with me. I wasn’t very focused back then, but after he started teaching me I took part in ballet competitions.
Is there an answer to that that’s not terribly clichéd? Believe, believe, work, work and then the results will come – I really really believe that. Perhaps I’m the best example that practicing very hard will eventually bring success.