If you were to watch Leonardo Sandoval dance from just the ankles up, you might suppose he's skating. He travels so effortlessly across the stage, gently twisting and turning as though gliding on a sheet of ice and guided by the wind. But Sandoval's not an ice skater—he's a tap dancer. Guiding him through space is not a chilly winter breeze but an even, complex, syncopated sense of rhythm.
Music from the Sole perform Leonardo Sandoval's “I Didn't Come to Stay.” Photograph by Titus Ogilvie
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading