Royal Ballet Performance Halted After Dancer Suffers Concussion

Pictured: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev

The Royal Ballet's evening performance of TETRACTYS - THE ART OF FUGUE has been cancelled, according to The New York Times, after a dancer suffered an injury at yesterday's matinee. Principal dancer Natalia Osipova, "sustained a mild concussion on Saturday afternoon in a collision with a fellow dancer."

Royal Ballet director announced Ospiova's injury after the performance.

Yesterday, the Royal Opera house posted an official statement following the cancellation. You can read it in full below:

"We are sorry to announce that tonight's performance of Tetractys - The Art of Fugue (Saturday 8 February) will not go ahead, due to an injury sustained by Natalia Osipova during the matinee. Thiago Soares is also unwell.

It is clearly an unusual step to cancel a performance, but the complex nature of Tetractys - The Art of Fugue has made it impossible to rehearse a second cast in the time available.

We are hopeful that the cast will have recovered in time for the next performance of the mixed programme on Tuesday 11 February.

Rhapsody and Gloria will both go ahead tonight, but patrons will either have the option of leaving and requesting a full refund, or of staying for the two ballets and receiving a third of their money back.

We would like to apologize again for the inconvenience and disappointment caused."

For more information on the Royal Ballet, click here.

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