Calling dancers by their first names
Posted 13 April 2002 - 02:45 PM
[If you'll remember the late, lamented [i]Upstairs, Downstairs[/i], the family never referred to any servant except by last name alone - "Hudson", not "Mr. Hudson" as Gordon Jackson was to his downstairs peers, and underservants who were not to be seen, like Ruby, the scullery maid, were like children. ]
Darling (how's that for a first name?), you're forgetting the cook, Mrs. Bridges. ALL cooks of that era were entitled with the honorific "Mrs.," no matter their marital state. Anyway, it was my impression that only BUTLERS had last names only. When Eddy, for instance, filled in for the ailing Hudson, a guest asked "Are you Hudson?" And using his last name for the first time, he replied, "No Sir, I am BARNES." It was quite a thrill. As for dancers, the first name thing is just a dance world custom, springing from intimacy whether true or false. The same applies in modern dance, where it extends to choreographers. As someone once wrote, "Everyone calls him Merce."
Posted 09 April 2002 - 10:56 AM
Posted 15 April 2002 - 10:34 AM
It did strike me as funny though, to hear a member of staff referring (in English) to Mrs Motte and Mrs Chauvire.
Posted 09 April 2002 - 05:39 AM
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Posted 09 April 2002 - 03:40 PM
I've actually deleted first-name references from my posts in discussions here, in some cases they were of dancers I didn't know (but like others, had seen so often and had always heard them referred to by their first name) and in others, it was dancers I did know, but I felt the informality was inappropriate to the discussion. But if I'm talking among dancers, we'll use first names. It might be the difference between a written and a spoken discussion.
Posted 09 April 2002 - 12:08 PM
For me it stems from sports, where in broadcast's they usually use last names, maybe b/c it's on the jersey's!
off topic, but could you imagine a radio callout of a ballet.
"and here comes Weese chaine-ing into the wings..."
Posted 15 April 2002 - 12:11 PM
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