With Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 taking place in just over a weeks time we will be talking to a number of this years dancers. We caught up with this years German dancer, Thomas Rohe, this is what he had to say.
Firstly thank you very much for talking to us, it’s now less than two weeks until Eurovision Young Dancers 2015, how do you feel?
I am super excited and happy that I have the possibility to take part in this event. There are a lot of feelings coming up. I am excited, happy and nervous at the same time.
Germany opened their submissions for Young Dancers back in December, what was it that made you decide to try and participate in the contest?
Actually it was a really spontaneous decision. I saw the announcement just 3 days before the deadline. But I immediately had an idea for my solo and decided to just give it a try.
When you were told that you would be representing Germany, what was your first reaction?
I think it was somewhere in March but I can not remember it exactly. But because I just had 3 days to choreograph, rehearse and film my solo, I was really surprised that I was chosen to represent Germany. First I called my friends and parents to tell them.
Participating in Eurovision Young Dancers is a huge achievement, but what was it when you were a child than made you want to be a dancer?
I started dancing when I was 4 years old because all my siblings did. It was never professional training in the beginning but I was always really happy to have the opportunity to move. And actually I was always dancing. When I was home, when I was in kindergarten and also when I actually had to play soccer in school. I was just standing on the field and was dancing and moving.
When I was 14 years old I added also ballet, jazz and lyrical to my modern training that I had before and decided that I don’t want to sit in an office. I wanted and want to dance.
The dance you will perform is called “Senses”, you are the only dancer in this years contest to also choreograph your own dance, can you tell us more about it?
I was always really interested in choreographing my own pieces and for me it was clear that I will also do it this time (but also the short amount of time did not really leave me any choice).Senses is a solo based on an easy principal. Action – reaction. It sounds simple and clear and I have the feeling most of our live is influenced by that. In my solo I want to show the reaction caused by impulses on the human body.
What emotions do you feel when you are performing your dance?
With my dancing I am always very dramatic, that’s also why I did put some Graham in it. It is one of my favourite techniques and I am really inspired by Martha Graham. Her principle that every movement is connected to parts of the world – the ground, the sky, the animals also inspired me to the theme Senses. Her opinion was that every dancer should always „dance like he is dancing towards his own dead“. And that’s what I try to feel when I perform my solo. To fill my movement with all the emotions and feelings I have.
How will it feel for you to perform your dance in front of thousands of viewers across Europe and the world?
It will and it makes me already very nervous but I am also already really thankful to have the opportunity to hopefully touch and inspire people with my solo. At this moment right now I actually do not completely realize that so many people will see me dance.
In 2013 Germany came second in the contest, and Germany last won the competition in 1999 what would it mean for you to win the contest in Pilsen?
Of course that would mean everything to me. It would be an amazing confirmation to what I do and what I love.
But I also think all the 10 contestants are already winners by being part of this event. Also I don’t want to think so much about winning. I want much more to try to enjoy every moment of this experience.
Finally do you have anything you’d like to say to the readers of Eurovoix.com?
„Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.“
We wish Thomas the best of the luck at the competition next week and for his future as a dancer.