When did you start running, and why?
I started running seriously to train for playing Othello last year, a very physical role. Now I run four miles a day. It was a grueling part because the character Othello stays on stage the whole time. I was extremely tired all the time. I was cramping. I knew my cardio was down, and needed work. It was a very difficult ballet.
Where do you like to run?
I love to run on the lakefront [in Chicago], but I also use the treadmill and elliptical. I’m 6-foot-6, 216 pounds, so I have to guard my joints carefully.
How did somebody of your stature get drawn to ballet and running?
I was born in France and started ballet at age 3. Here, people say I should’ve played basketball or hockey instead.
Of course, I ran in school, when I was really young. I was 10 when I joined the Paris Opera. You would exercise as part of the classes that Paris Opera offered. Basically, you would do other activities than ballet. Running was one of them.
It is interesting: A few years ago, I was a much thinner guy, so I was faster on my feet. Today, I have put on weight, which makes me much more strong and solid, which I needed to be for Othello. The ratio of thin and fast to fit and solid is difficult to get just right.
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Fabrice Calmels Feature in Runner's World Magazine (April 2014)