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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday Empty House

Saturday Empty House

This theatrical superstition is one that I suspect isn’t followed in the dance world. It is said that bowing to an empty house is bad luck, but dancers (in my experience) always rehearse their bows, especially when it involves a large group. I have never known it to bring bad luck.

Presumably, this superstition comes from the idea that a show is not complete without the audience, or perhaps because bowing assumes a good show with audience appreciation, and therefore invites misfortune (pride goeth before a fall).

Of course, in most dance rehearsals the house is never actually empty. The director and/or choreographer (and probably others) are undoubtedly occupying a few seats.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #140:
“Bowing to an empty house is said to be bad luck.”

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“You have to bow to reach the top.”
― Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

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