Nanarina

Leaving the Theatre during a performance

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I was wondering what the situation is concerning dancers leaving the theatre before the final curtain. If it was a mixed bill of more than one ballet, would the principal dancers if in say the first two works be allowed to leave before the final curtain. Or would their attendance be required that they stay right until the end.to comply with the hours they need to work. Although I should know this having worked with The Royal Ballet I cannot remember what was the norm. Please jog my memory. Thanks.

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I am pretty sure that if they are not needed for any more works the rest of the night that they take their bows after their portion and go home. That is how opera is at least. Characters in the first act (and not in the rest) tend to go home.

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I'm not sure why dancers of any rank who aren't in the final curtain calls, covering, or with another obligation (post-performance Q&A, gala party) would need to stay after their last ballet. I would think companies would want the dancers to get as much rest as possible instead of staying around the theater, unless they wanted to watch their peers, since many describe that it takes them hours to come down from a performance, and they still have to be back in class the next morning.

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I think they only stay if they are alternates for roles in the still-to-come productions. So if someone gets injured at the last moment, they can fill in.

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If a dancer is learning a role in the last ballet they might be expected to stay and watch, but normally they can leave when they are finished performing.

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Part of this is just the individual culture of the company -- I've been told that at PNB, dancers will often stay to support their colleagues, especially if someone is making a debut or there's something else special about the performance.

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