Get to know… Pia Driver

Pia Driver is rehearsal director with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. The company will perform at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Dance Umbrella 2009.

What do you fear the most?
Losing those I love.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
My Mum’s.

What – or where – is perfection?
Byron Bay Australia has an amazing energy. I’ve never felt so calm.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction -­ and why?
Elizabeth Bennet, from Pride and Prejudice, for her strength of character.
What’s your favourite ritual?
I like to stretch before bed, so I can get the full benefit of sleep.
Which living person do you most admire – and why?
 My mother, for her strength.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
 I would like to be able to sing.

What’s your favourite website?
I don’t have one.
If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
 Alvin Ailey, Desmond Richardson and Jennifer Hudson.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To never give up
What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
It depends: at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Daniel Merriweather.
Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Watching Richard Alston Dance Company years ago when I was at college and wanting to be up there myself.

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