An interview with Giles Terera | Why Dance Matters

Giles Terera is no ordinary actor. He won an Olivier Award as Aaron Burr in the UK premiere of the all-conquering musical Hamilton, writing a book about his creative journey. Last year, he played two very different roles at the National Theatre: as Shakespeare’s tragic hero Othello, and as a designer in 1930s Harlem in Blues for an Alabama Sky. He also writes songs and his play, The Meaning of Zong, will soon open at the Barbican in London. Giles is a virtuoso with language – so how do dance and movement shape his art?

Giles Terera MBE is an award-winning actor, musician and writer, working consistently at venues including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. He is best known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in the London production of the award-winning musical Hamilton, winning the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He recently appeared in Blues for an Alabama Sky and as Othello at the National Theatre. His book Hamilton and Me records his journey through the musical and his play The Meaning of Zong is at the Barbican, London in April.

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