My wife, a professional dancer for many years, could not control her laughter. She retired from active dancing only eight years ago, but well remembers the freezing temperatures of rehearsal rooms, the arctic conditions of dressing rooms and the draughts blowing across stages. When it was cold, she says, you spent more time in warm-up exercises. She would have considered it luxurious to be able to perform with an ambient stage temperature around 60F.
What the audience witnessed at the Palace Theatre was a dance company that, secure with its grants and sponsorship deals, treated the paying members of the public with disdain. Its behaviour was an example of 'artistic temperament' at its worst. It must be asked whether this company is fit to attract public funding.
Lostock, Greater Manchester
30 NovemberReuse content