WA Ballet artistic director Aurelien Scannella: Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year

WA Ballet artistic director Aurelien Scannella: Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year

WA Ballet artistic director and The Nutcracker choreographer Aurelien Scannella tells us what he loves about Christmas, his favourite festive season memory and how he’s celebrating this year.

What do you love most about Christmas?

My favourite day of the year has always been Christmas. Before moving to Perth, we always had snow in December and when the first snow is falling it’s like the world stops for a moment, and naturally you gather with your friends and family close to the wooden fire. Christmas in Perth is, of course, different but has lots of different amazing things to offer like the sun and beaches, and Christmas is still my favourite time of year.

How are you celebrating Christmas this year?

I’ll be celebrating in Perth with my wife (WA Ballet artistic associate and principal ballet mistress) Sandy Delasalle, son Matteo and with some friends who are also from France. Last year, we spent Christmas in the French Alps, so this year we decided to spend it at the beach.

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

When we spent our first Christmas with our son in the French Alps. I remember that one evening we saw Santa Claus coming down a mountain with his reindeer. It was truly magical and I will never forget the excitement and joy in my son’s eyes. Since then, he’s really formed a passion for skiing, so we try and do a white Christmas in Europe when we can, but getting to the snow regularly is a little bit more difficult now.