Substitute hotfoots it to Royal Ballet to star in injury time
By Dalya Alberge for The Times
WHEN the Royal Opera House curtain rose for a second time, the only sign that something was amiss were the flecks of white paint on the ballet dancer’s hands.
Less than an hour earlier, Jaimie Tapper had been enjoying a quiet night painting her bathroom when the phone rang. The Royal Ballet needed her to save their Saturday night and turn in a star performance before 2,270 people gathered at Covent Garden for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon.
The principal dancer, the acclaimed Romanian Alina Cojocaru, had tripped on stage and injured herself at the end of Act I of the three-act classic. If the show were to go on, Covent Garden needed an instant replacement. Fortunately, Ms Tapper was home when frantic staff telephoned. click for more