The apologia by Sylvie Guillem's representative, Leon Morgan (letter, 7 March), ignores the fact that Ms Guillem would hardly have been the only dancer who 'had professional commitments abroad during the relevant period', or for whom 'the trip would have created considerable personal difficulties'. To offer the admittedly extraordinary Herman Schmerman, rather than accede to the organisers' request for something relevant to the gala's theme, shows no understanding of the nature of the event.
It is a pity that Ms Guillem will not be there, as her omission positively blazes from the list of scheduled stars, but Mr Leon's letter does her no service, as it merely draws attention to other performers who are prepared to do whatever it takes to be part of this worthy tribute.
M. D. VARCOE-COCKS
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