Dancer Tamara Rojo in conversation with Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra

Tamara Rojo and Luis Rodriguez de la Sierra

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: Henry Thomas Room, London Metropolitan University

Date: Sunday 15 March 2009

Acclaimed ballet dancer Tamara Rojo talked to psychoanalyst Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra about the relationship between ballet and psychoanalysis. They explored the psychological themes within classical and modern ballet and compared the craft of choreography with the practice of psychoanalysis.

“A dancer never reaches a limit, he never does. It would be like saying that someone has reached his limit as a human being. We are in constant evolution and, therefore, I still have many things to achieve.” Tamara Rojo, Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet

Tamara Rojo is an internationally acclaimed ballerina. She trained in Madrid where she achieved a Bachelor of Dance and Master of Scenic Arts from the University Rey Juan Carlos. She has danced with prestigious companies throughout the world and has been recognised with numerous awards including Spain’s two highest honours, The Prince of Asturias Arts Award (2005) and the Spanish Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2002). Tamara is currently principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet and resident guest teacher at the Royal Ballet School.

Dr Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra is an adult and child and adolescent psychoanalyst and also a trained group psychotherapist. He worked for many years in the NHS and at the Anna Freud Centre and works now at the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis and in private practice. He has published papers on child analysis and drug addiction and is the editor of Child Analysis Today. He has previously discussed classical ballet at events with Irek Mukhamedov and Lady Deborah MacMillan.