Hodgkinson is pleased with tonight’s performance but worried that, with her regular partner injured, she might not get to dance again.
Hmmm... this might answer our question. And I suspect it's a slip of the pen that probably shouldn't been included. If it is indeed true, I hope the partner in question
) heals quickly. He's still listed for Onegin tonight, so that things are looking up!
I remember - not particularly fondly - my ice bath days back in college. I went through a lot of Sports Illustrated issues with one or more legs dunked in freezing water. Aside from the first couple minutes of sheer torture, they were actually really helpful in soothing irritated joints. Much better than just using ice, because since ours were in little mini whirlpools, you had the flowing water to help distribute the cold and prevent stiffness.
No huge surprises in the 'day in the life' article, but a nice description of the backstage world for those who are not familiar with what happens beyond the curtain. I have a huge amount of respect for the poor souls who tread the scheduling minefield for ballet companies - so often they manage to figure out the day or the week, only to the whole schedule blown to smithereens due to injury/illness/casting changes/external schedule changes. I am surprised that company class is so late - many companies start class around 10 -10:30am, but then the dancers have a contractually mandated set rest period between the last rehearsal and the beginning of the evening performance.
I'm not sure why the emphasis on having just one dress rehearsal for the performance. There are surely other rehearsals in full or partial costuming, but it's the very rare (extinct?) company that can juggle stage-time, orchestra-time, dancer-time and union time well enough to do more than one dress rehearsal per cast. And sometimes not every cast will even get a full dress rehearsal, so 1st cast might get a full dress rehearsal and the remaining casts might tag-team one full rehearsal between them. You can often tell whether a company does a lot of in-costume rehearsals by looking at the press photos. A company that has press photos of multiple casts available prior to opening night will have done multiple earlier (mostly) full-costumed rehearsals - not very common in North America. Usually they'll have the photographer in for one costumed rehearsal or dress rehearsal before opening night, and if they're lucky, they might run through a bit of the ballet with 2nd or 3rd cast leads to get some extra shots.