DANCER: Lloyd Mayor, Martha Graham Dance Company
What career would you choose if you could not be a dancer? LM: I would probably want to be a researcher of some sort on human behavior. What is your worst fear (professionally or personally)? LM: Professionally, to lose the precious and sacred authenticity of a performer. I always try to create and nurture it in myself. Which person (dead or alive) would you most want to dance with if you could? LM: Probably Mary Wigman and Nijinksy…. do I even have to say Martha Graham? If a child told you they wanted to be a dancer, what would your advice be? LM: I suppose I would give the child a big picture of things and say "as a dancer and human being, you are hard wired for struggle and errors, but you are totally worthy of love and belonging" but that usually resonates in the child once they have grown up. If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why? LM: Gosh, i would love to be so many animals, I couldn't pick one, but I think that any animal in the feline family would be beautiful and majestic! What is your greatest indulgence? LM: FOOD, it is a necessity and indulgence! What 3 items do you always have in your bag with you? LM: Ipod to escape into music, book to escape into words and hand sanitizer if I am in cities:) What career would your family have chosen for you? LM: I think my family (parents) would have never chosen careers for my sister and I since we are the ones having them, but they would encourage any career that has meaning and depth! What is your idea of perfect happiness? LM: To me, the idea of happiness or experiences of it come with it's gift of imperfections, since happiness to me in actual fact is imperfect just like life, with all it's ups and downs. So my wholesome happiness is right in the now, in the environment that I create for myself and dance is an essential part for happiness to blossom and prosper. Who would you like most to have a coffee with (could be dead or alive)? LM: At the moment, I am obsessed with this spiritual teacher called Alan Watts, so having a cup of tea with him to pick his brain would not be too shabby! What is your favorite city to tour to and why? LM: I don't think that I can call it my favorite, but going to Jacob's Pillow was such a magical tour! What was your biggest mishap in a performances? LM: For most dancers, it's missing lifts and is still the case for me, it's a wretched feeling! Is there a special meal you have before performances? LM: Protein, protein and protein. Otherwise I can't feel my legs on stage!