Tuesday, February 21, 2012

People who perform think it's bad luck to wish each other good luck before the performance. Theatre people often say, "Break a leg."

Ballet people, Joseph Mazo notes in his book "Dance Is a Contact Sport," don't say that. It's too close. Ballet people actually break legs. Ballet people say before performance, "Merde," French for shit, which matches all the French names for the steps they are about to take to make beauty.