News: Sylvie Guillem cancels all Opera House performances this week

Monday 9 August 2004

Sylvie Guillem has now been forced to cancel all scheduled performances at the Royal Opera House this weeek. due to an ankle injury. Originally she had cancelled the first evenings and expected to perform on Thursday 12 August, but sadly she has now had to pull out altogether.
She sustained the injury in rehearsal last Wednesday and although it is not serious, has been advised to rest.

Miss Guillem was to have danced Masha in MacMillan’s_ Winter Dreams_ (partnered by both Massimo Murru and Nicolas Le Riche as Vershinin, and Anthony Dowell as her husband, Kulygin) and the role of Marguerite in Ashton_ Marguerite & Armand_ (when she would have been partnered by Nicolas Le Riche). The third ballet of the evening was Alberto Alonso’s *Carmen Suite,* created for Maya Plisetskaya and The Bolshoi Ballet in 1967 and performed on the stage of the Royal Opera House in 1969. Miss Guillem had invited Isabelle Ciaravola from the Paris Opéra Ballet to recreate the title-role.

Miss Guillem said: “I am very upset and disappointed about the cancellation. I am not a dancer prone to injury and it is very rare for me to be off. This season has been planned since November and I was looking forward to presenting it at the Royal Opera House, and to dancing for everyone.”

Victor and Lilian Hochhauser said: “We are deeply distressed at having to cancel Sylvie Guillem’s season at Covent Garden this week. It is a huge disappointment to all of us, particularly since Sylvie has rarely suffered an injury. In the 50 years we have been involved in the arts, this is the first time that we have had to cancel a major season and we apologise most sincerely to the thousands of patrons who have bought tickets for this unique event.”

Full refunds will be made through the box office of the Royal Opera House. Ticket holders should write to the following address, enclosing their tickets:
Victor Hochhauser refunds
c/o Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London wc2e 9dd

‘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.” ‘ Independent, 9 Aug

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