Where is Meunier?
Posted 24 February 2002 - 05:27 PM
Posted 24 February 2002 - 09:06 PM
Professional sports teams always have lists of who's on "injured reserve." While nobody bets on the results of ballet performances (now wouldn't that be a hoot?), I still think it might be welcome and useful for companies to occasionally let us know why certain favorites are absent. Of course, that may mean that we'd just read about various permutations of Kchessinska's infamously euphemistic "mal a genue," but nothing's perfect, is it?
Posted 24 February 2002 - 09:12 PM
Posted 25 February 2002 - 09:16 AM
I also think it's dangerous from the dancer perspective of there is already enough pressure and an injury only magnifies it. Well if X hadn't been injured Y wouldn't have had the opportunity. It's a sensitive topic.
[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: Calliope ]
Posted 25 February 2002 - 09:58 AM
I don't think an injury report would work in ballet because it would glaringly show which dancers were not dancing due to injury but because they are out of favor -- they wouldn't be on the injury list and still wouldn't be cast. However, in sports, players are benched for all sorts of reasons (attitude, lack of production, they just don't get on with the coach or other players) and it is accepted. But, ballet is art, not sport, so perhaps an AD having to answer questions from a pack of reporters after the performance as to the state of the company would be strange. Can you imagine? "Peter, Lillian wobbled on that series of turns in the 2nd movement, do you think you'll take her out of the Tchiakovsky pas de deux Friday night? How are rehearsals going for Agon? I heard there was a disagreement between the principals on a missing step, can you comment?"
Reviewers are sometimes told about injuries. Perhaps if they were to incorperate a few heads-up in there reviews than the public would be better informed. I would certainly welcome it when it comes to Monique as she is one of my absolute favorite dancers. I think she brings so much life to the theater (at least for me) and things are a little less bright when she's not performing. Dancers deserve their privacy, definitely, but she's a special performer and I hope she finds a balance between health and performing. Unfortunately, having an injury (in ballet and sports) is like getting off a speeding train. It's just going to keep going while they are on the sidelines and it's hard to get back on in the place where they've been.
Posted 25 February 2002 - 10:42 AM
Posted 25 February 2002 - 12:21 PM
Estelle, I think your distinction between serious and relatively minor injuries is an important one. I also think if it were announced how many dancers routinely danced with injuries -- wasn't it Fonteyn who said the only people who could like ballet are those who like bullfights? (if they knew the physical pain involved).
Dale, I love your idea of press briefings. I think, in the long run, it would be a good thing. A director might like the opportunity to say, "Falling or missing a step doesns't lose you a role in this company" or "there have been disagreements in company philosophy and yes, we're taking a wait and see policy on Apprentice Y."
[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 25 February 2002 - 12:57 PM
I remember watching Bravo's profile of Peter Martin's and there's footage of him talking to Ansanelli about an injury, I believe it was her foot or ankle, and he asked "why does it still hurt" making me wonder if they'd ever be able to give us accuracy with injury reports.
I think if you report specific injury, you run the risk of dancers who have different recovery times being compared (well the other dancer only needed 3 weeks to recover) It may also (like in sports) play into a dancer choosing to leave a company and going to another one knowing they may be "damaged goods".
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