I'm curious about the practice of throwing flowers and whether it varies by company/country &c. I haven't done it myself but have sometimes thought, at curtain calls, it might be nice for a great dancer (if I was sitting close enough, that is).
At a performance of one European company, I noticed that the dancers in leading roles were all thrown the same type of bouquet from one or two people who rushed up to the front once the performance ended. I then figured that the company must have some group that arranges the flowers and that's that. But at the next performance of this company, all the leading dancers were thrown flowers except the dancer I thought was best (he was dancing the main role, too!). This slightly confused me and I thought, "well, if I'd known no one was going to bring flowers for him, I would have got some, because it looks a bit strange to have 5 other dancers get flowers and not the lead dancer."
Can anyone shed some insight?