In August Ingrouille returns to Southbank Centre as choreographer for ZooNation’s Tales of the Turntable, and ahead of this run, took time out to speak to us about working with award-winning dance company.
What drew you into dance? Did you always want to be a dancer when you were growing up?
Yes, 100%. Even as a baby, if music came on or there was any form of dancing on the television I was bouncing and singing along to it. It was never the question of if I was going to be a dancer it was when.
Do you prefer working as a dancer or choreographer, or do you enjoy the differing demands of each?
They have very different requirements even though they’re cut from the same cloth. I feel you get very different pros and cons from each, but I’m so glad I’ve been able to do both. I wouldn’t change my path at all.
Having worked with ZooNation for over a decade now, can you tell us what makes this company so special?
There’s a little something for everyone. I think they’ve really hit the mark with providing theatre for the whole family, and also changing some people’s perceptions of hip hop theatre.
How is working with young people different to working with an all adult cast? What are the challenges and opportunities?
Young people do not miss a thing! I’ve always loved teaching and I think by nature younger people are like sponges and at times you can sometimes see their development happening quicker.
Your list of choreography credits is impressive, both in length and status - what are you most proud of?
I’m proud of every single one of them. If I hadn’t had the experiences of them all combined then I wouldn’t have had the same journey. I think there’s something to learn from and be proud of in every job I’ve done.
You’ve worked at Southbank Centre several times before, but this is your first time in the renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall; is there anything you’re looking forward to about bringing the performance here?
This is a very special performance venue in London. Years ago, so many people got to see what fantastic work the Youth Company do, by coming here to this venue, and we’re so excited to be back in our home to show you more.
Music is a big part of the show, how did you go about choosing songs for the show?
A lot of it is to do with selecting tracks that can help tell the story at certain moments throughout the show, but also choosing music that is perhaps synonymous with a particular era.
Can you describe Tales of the Turntable in three words?
No [laughs], but I can say it’ll be bop-your-head kinda fun for all the family.
What do you hope audiences will take from the show?
That no matter what you want to achieve it’s possible... and a massive urge to dance all the way home.