David Hallberg

  • Aired:  12/07/11
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The Bolshoi Ballet's David Hallberg describes Fred Astaire as his main artistic inspiration and explains that dance has always been his calling. (4:04)

EVERYBODY.

TONIGHT MY GUEST IS FIRST

AMERICAN TO JOIN RUSSIA'S

BALLET.

LY MAKE SURE HE STAYS ON POINT.

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID HALBERG.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

DAVID, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

ALL RIGHT, SIR.

GET YOUR DEFENSES UP BECAUSE I'M

GOING THE LAY INTO YOU RIGHT

NOW.

OKAY.

AMERICANS DON'T DEFECT TO GO TO

THE BOLSHOI.

THE RUSSKIES DEFECT TO COME

HERE.

WHY ARE YOU TRYING THE LOSE US

THE COLD WAR?

>> STEPHEN, THE COLD WAR IS

OVER.

>> Stephen: IT WAS UNTIL YOU

DID THIS.

[LAUGHTER]

THEN YOU HANDED THEM A VICTORY.

WHY DANCE FOR THE BOLSHOI?

>> YOU KNOW, I LOVE CHALLENGE.

I LOVE RISK.

>> Stephen: THERE'S NOTHING

RISKY OR CHALLENGE IN THE UNITED

STATES?

YOU WANT RISK, DANCE ON FIRE.

I'D GO SEE THAT.

DO THE FIREBIRD ON FIRE.

>> STEPHEN, FOR ME IT WAS REALLY

AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE

SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND

RUSSIANS DON'T DEFECT ANYMORE,

AND AMERICANS OBVIOUSLY DON'T

DEFECT, SO I SAW REALLY AN

OPPORTUNITY, AND SOMEONE THAT...

NO ONE HAS DONE THIS BEFORE.

I'M REALLY THE FIRST PERSON TO

HAVE DONE THIS.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, NO ONE HAS

BEEN THIS MUCH OF A TRAITOR TO

THE UNITED STATES.

OKAY.

YOU ARE BENEDICT ARNOLD IN

SLIGHTLY TIGHTER PANTS.

[LAUGHTER]

OKAY.

WHY NOT DANCE IN AN AMERICAN

COMPANY?

>> I AM CERTAINLY WITH AN

AMERICAN COMPANY.

>> WHO ARE YOU WITH?

>> AMERICAN BALLET THEATER IN

NEW YORK CITY.

I HAVE BEEN WITH THEM FOR TEN

YEARS.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE WITH THE

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER AND THE

BOLSHOI AT THE SAME TIME?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE A DOUBLE

AGENT.

YOU'RE GIVING AWAY ALL OF OUR

BALLET SECRETS.

>> THERE ARE AMERICAN BALLET

SECRETS.

AND I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THEM WITH

RUSSIANS.

THE RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN

UNBELIEVABLY ACCOMMODATING.

THEY'VE BEEN SO WELCOMING, SO

WARM.

I WAS KWAI SURPRISED.

>> Stephen: DID YOU MEET

VLADIMIR PUTIN?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: I BET HE'S A GOOD

DANCER.

HE CAN DO EVERYTHING.

HE CAN SCUBA DIVE, HE CAN KILL

TIGERS.

HE CAN DO IT ALL.

>> THE BOLSHOI IS VERY MUCH PART

OF THE CULTURE THERE, AND

POLITICAL DIGNITARIES ARE AT THE

BALLET ALL THE TIME.

I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET

A COUPLE OF THEM BUT NOT PUTIN

YET.

>> Stephen: LET'S GET DOWN TO

YOUR ORIGINS HERE.

YOU WERE BORN IN SOUTH DAKOTA.

>> BORN IN SOUTH DAKOTA.

>> Stephen: GREW UP IN

ARIZONA.

>> GREW UP IN PHOENIX, YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S A GUY IN

SOUTH DAKOTA AND ARIZONA DOING

BALLET?

WHY AREN'T YOU DOING THE

BOOT-SCOOTING LIE DANCE AND

EATING A CHILI DOG?

>> FIRST I SAW FRED ASTAIRE ON

TV.

HE WAS MY MAIN INSPIRATION.

I WAS OBSESSED WITH HIM AND WHAT

HE DID.

HE WAS UNBELIEVABLY ON THE

SILVER SCREEN, SECONDLY, AS AN

ARTIST, THERE IS THIS CALLING

THAT EVERYONE SPEAK UP WHEN YOU

HAVE... WHEN YOU LOVE WHAT YOU

DO, AND FOR ME THAT IS DANCE.

AS AN ARTIST I HAD THIS NATURAL

CALLING.

I WAS NEVER PUSHED IN BALLET,

FORCED TO BE IN BALLET.

IT WAS MY OWN DEDICATION, MY OWN

OBSESSION REALLY.

AND THAT'S TRUE EVEN TO TODAY.

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT DANCE AND

OBSESSION.

I SAW THAT MOVIE THE "BLACK

SWAN."

DID YOU SEE THAT MOVIE?

>> OF COURSE.

>> Stephen: IS THAT TRUE?

ARE ALL YOU GUYS CRAZY?

DO YOU HAVE VISIONS YOU HAVE

FEATHERS COMING OUT OF YOUR BODY

ALL THE TIME?

>> IF THE MOVIE GOT ANYTHING

RIGHT, IT'S THE FACT THAT WE ARE

CRAZY AND DEDICATED FOR OUR ART

FORM.

>> Stephen: ALSO IN THAT MOVIE

THEY ARE LIKE HUMPING 24/7.

OKAY.

DID THEY GET THAT RIGHT?

>> YEAH, I MEAN, IN THE MOVIE...

>> Stephen: LET'S STOP RIGHT

THERE.

THIS IS A FAMILY SHOW.

IT'S FAMILY SHOW.

WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A

PERFORMANCE BY THE BOLSHOI

BALLET'S D

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