A page in the Middle Ages was a young boy who, through assisting a noble lord, was serving a kind of apprenticeship. He was a servant but one who was receiving an education that might include combat skills, singing, hawking, hunting and courtly manners.
In Giselle Act 1 the hunting party that enters in Act 2 could in some productions include up to a hundred people, one of these, assisting Bathilde's father the Duke, would be a page.
The first professional engagement of Matthew Hawkins, now an internationally respected choreographer, teacher, performer and writer, was as a page in the Royal Ballet's production of Giselle.
Matthew kindly agreed to speak to us and we recorded this conversation for the podcasts below. We hope you enjoy them