The temperature was 63F, two degrees below the minimum of 65F, and many members of the orchestra refused to perform as well. Throughout that day it had been promised that the temperature would be rectified, but dancers, being young and compliant, seem to be expected to cope just one more time and their needs are not always taken seriously.
The point is that highly tuned performers should not be put in that position. Eleven years ago in Leeds, the temperature was up to 70F first thing the following morning, and that was not just from the heated discussions taking place.
The writer is a former dancers' representative with the London Festival Ballet.Reuse content