Halfway through my interview with twenty-two year old artistic director and dancer Eliza Copper I realise that she is something of an ‘old soul’. By this I mean she possesses a certain quiet wisdom and self-awareness alongside a remarkable appreciation of the collaborative power of working with others. To say she is beyond her years is an understatement. Her description of how she pulled together the concept and execution for Lee Mathews’ resort collection video is a case in point.
“I wanted to work with dancers that I know and trust to improvise – not overthinking but rather tapping into a sort of animal instinct”, says Eliza.
But even improvisation has its ground rules she explains, “It might be that you don't make linear movements, it always has to be a curve, or that you can’t imitate another dancer. Everyone has to find the essence of their character.”