Principal Ballerina Sarah Lamb warned us at the start “Don’t try this at home!”
She was talking about her upcoming set of pas de deux with male lead Steven McRea.
The intensity of the ballet drained us. Act 2’s brothel scene was a masterpiece of shapes and moves in and out of unison, ending with a love scene utterly erotic, athletic and frenetic. A tour de force, doubled... for Rudolph and Mary.
The physicality of the pair, the pace and demand on stamina was killing.
... and at the end, like the two leads, I was completely shot.