The first time I saw Jason Piper dance was in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. When he bounded on as the Swan in the lakeside scene I thought “WOW!! What a wonderful dancer!” That first impression didn’t change as Jason slowly developed the beautiful (and eventually tragic) role of the Swan and also the intense predator that is the Stranger.
Although I plucked up enough courage to wait at the stage door after the performance, I couldn’t bring myself to approach Jason in person as I was too shy. But I watched him talking to other people and could appreciate his personal beauty at fairly close range. He has a very easy manner with people, and a very ready laugh, which makes his dark eyes dance and also makes the cute cleft in his chin more noticeable.
Jason was born in 1976 in Leicestershire, England. He started dancing at the very early age of 3 but gave it up a few years later. His undoubted talents shone through though, and he soon went back to dancing. His athletic abilities were also on display on the rugby pitch but by the age of 18 he was fed up with being knocked over by bigger players and decided to concentrate on his dancing full time.
Jason trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and then joined the Richard Alston Dance Company. Alongside his dancing Jason has worked as a choreographer, a model, and an actor. He also has a band called Creon, for which he composes songs and in 2004 he toured the US with them, singing and playing keyboards.
But it’s dancing as the Swan/Stranger that he’s proved to be a particular show-stopper. Bursting with energy, his supple, feral Swan shows a sweet empathy with Chris Marney’s Prince. But Jason’s drop-dead gorgeous looks and devastating sexiness also suit the role of the Stranger perfectly, and the pleasure he takes in his malicious cruelty towards the Prince makes it all the more of a betrayal and leaves the audience breathless and tearful.
This guy seems to have it all (which sadly for us fans includes a lovely girlfriend, Nathalie!) but there’s no doubt that whichever of his many talents he chooses to focus on at any particular moment, Jason will inspire a devoted following.
Good luck in everything you do in the future, Jason......
.......From a big fan who wishes to remain anonymous
|Swan Lake - Act 3 - The Stranger
Photo Courtesy JasonPiper.com
|Swan Lake - The Swan
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| ~~ Biography ~~
Jason started his dance training in Leicester. He danced with the National Youth Dance Company for two years before gaining a BA (Hons) from the London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 1997 he has danced for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Jazz Exchange, Companhie Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo, Kylie Minogue (Fever world tour 2002). Christina Aguilera, Shirley Bassey and Miss Dynamite as well as performing at the Royal Albert Hall (La Boheme) and the Royal Variety Performance. He has appeared in the films Alfie with Jude Law, Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Piccadilly Jim starring Sam Rockwell. ** He has modelled for a range of products. In the last year his choreographic commissions include Demonizing Delilah, Anger Management and Atom of Faith. He has taught extensively for both professional and amateur dancers.