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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Superstitious Saturday Wolf

Superstitious Saturday Wolf

Most of us are familiar with the pre-performance wish merde, and we all know what that means. But dancers in other countries have their own phrases designed to bring good luck.

For instance, in Italy they use the phrase in bocca al lupo which means in the wolf’s mouth. But it goes a step further because the recipient should reply crepi il lupo. This means may the wolf die. Hmmm…

This is apparently another example of wishing a performer the opposite of what they want to happen, like actors telling each other to break a leg.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitous Secret #186:
“In Italy, dancers say ’in bocca al lupo’ to wish others good luck.”

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