Jasmin Durham – Swan Performances: 150+
The formations make Act II and Act IV so visually pleasing. What strategies do you have for staying in line?
Peripheral vision is key. I must stay present, because even though I’ve been told to stand on a certain mark on the stage, I need to always be ready to adjust and follow the dancer in front of me. As a tall dancer, I’m rarely at the front of the line, so I have a lot of experience keeping in line with dancers around me. For a long-standing line, I must prioritise exactly where I place my foot. I only have a split second to decide, and it’s so important because once I’ve stood, I can’t move if I’m not in line.
How do you deal with cramps during the long stands?
Leading up to a Swan Lake season I always make sure I'm sufficient in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. I also do the stands properly in rehearsal, so that I build up my endurance. When I cramp on stage, I breathe deeply and focus on the music to take my mind off the pain. If it’s my feet cramping (most likely), wriggling my toes helps, but to be honest, mental strength is what pushes me through. After the show, I massage my muscles straight away.