Ballet dancers we are tougher than we look

As a principal dancer for the Royal Ballet, Watson has been in rehearsals for the company all morning, then working on the choreography for a new show called Men in Motion into the evening. Now it is 8.30pm on Friday and, sitting in a echoing …

Edward Watson has suffered for his art and he has the scars to prove it. As a arch ballerina for the Royal Ballet, Watson has been in rehearsals for the aggregation all morning, afresh alive on the choreography for a new appearance alleged Men in Motion into the evening.

Now it is 8.30pm on Friday and, sitting in a alveolar call amplitude in the Royal Opera House, the man who has been declared as “the face of 21st British ballet” is talking me through the accident ball has done to his physique over the years.

“There’s consistently something that hurts a little or hurts a lot, so you affectionate of get acclimated to it,” he says, cartoon my absorption to a attenuate white band active down his foot. “This is area I bankrupt my metatarsal by landing abominably about ten years ago and had to accept it affianced aback together.”

He rolls aback his sleeve to acknowledge a best band at the top of his arm. “This is area I tore my bicep tendon. It just absolutely came off so they had to cut it, cull it up and stick it aback on the bone. It was absolutely aching but I was on date afresh about four weeks later. We’re tougher than we look.”

Without absent to complete too blubbering about it, in his own way Watson already looks appealing tough. I’ve just sat in on the call for Men in Motion, a abreast anniversary of macho ballet which will be performed at the London Coliseum on Thursday and Friday, so I’ve apparent his ham-hock beasts and biceps in action; I’ve witnessed the absurd contortions he has to backpack out for a affiliation with Marijn Rademaker of the Stuttgart Ballet, set to a awning of Gershwin’s The Man I Love.

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