Injured ballerina told the show must not go on
Monday 09 August 2004
Sylvie Guillem, the most celebrated ballerina in the world, has been forced to cancel the first three performances of a new one-week show starting today after injuring her leg.
The French dancer had been due to star in Stories of Love and Passion at The Royal Opera House. She has cancelled the shows after straining a tendon in her left ankle during rehearsals last Wednesday.
Lilian Hochhauser, of Victor Hochhauser, the company behind the show, said: "She consulted an eminent ankle specialist and underwent a scan. We're hoping she will start the season - a truncated season unfortunately - on Thursday."
Tickets for the cancelled shows, which cost up to £75, will be refunded.
Renowned for coping with the most gruelling of schedules, Guillem has suffered few injuries since she joined the Paris Opera Ballet. In 2001 she suffered an injury to her achilles tendon which kept her off the stage for the longest period of her dancing career.
Zoe Anderson, dance critic of The Independent said: "She's been very careful in the past. Because she's in the unusual position of being a guest dancer, she gets to pick and choose. But all of the noises being made suggest that this isn't a serious injury."
Guillem left her native France in 1989, ditching Rudolf Nureyev's reign at the Paris Opera Ballet. Since then Guillem has excelled in classical and contemporary dance, and has become known for her high kicks and toughness of character.
Despite the fact that her partner, Jonathan Cope has also has to pull out of the performance due to injury, the show will go on. The first of the remaining performances is expected on Thursday.
film Sex scene trailer sees a shirtless Jamie Dornan turn up the heat
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'
Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
Game of Thrones really doesn't want Danny Dyer - EastEnders star rejected three times
Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
The secret joke hidden in Silence of the Lambs' most famous line
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures