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The rules and hazards of presenting flowers at the ballet

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Who knew the etiquette of the presentation of flowers at the end of a performance of Swan Lake could be so rigid. But the rules and regulations surrounding who gets what bouquets handed to them are strict and historic.

“What can seem a simple gesture of appreciation is in fact a highly codified practice, with different ballet companies obeying different rules and traditions.”

The New York Times writes: At the Royal Ballet in London, the great home of the floral tradition in dance, men don’t get flowers onstage. (Unless they are in drag. Which happens fairly often.) It’s one of the many customs, rules and subtle ordinances that govern the art of the bouquet in London. Flowers matter: how many, what kind, who they are given by, who they are given to, how they are bestowed, how they are received.


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