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Darcy Bussell - "Manhandled"


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#1 puppytreats

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 02:02 PM

I recently watched a program about Darcy Bussell, parts of which disturbed me or made me uncomfortable. She discusses having to be "manhandled" during a rehearsal for "Manon". Then, she and a Russian dancer are interviewed about the propriety or impropriety of his kisses during a rehearsal. Have any dancers discussed in interviews or books issues such as this? I am going to post a similar question on BT4D.

Maybe I am just now responding to it because I recently read an article that struck a raw nerve, about how people have to put up with unwanted touches, glances, inquiries, and other behaviors at work, solely to be able to continue to have a job and pay the rent. I cannot imagine being in a profession that demands constant, unwanted physical connections or attention. I have long wondered how dancers endure it.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:22 PM

Do you have more of a quote on that? Doesn't her part as Manon involve "manhandling" as part of the plot? Or did she mean outside of rehearsal?


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