Natalia Osipova collided with another dancer during a performance of Wayne MacGregor's new dance, Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, and suffered a "mild concussion" for which she must rest for 48 hours. Consequently, the Royal Ballet had to cancel MacGregor's piece on Saturday night while proceeding with the other two-thirds of the program. Ticketholders were given the option of either a full refund if they declined to attend or a one-third refund if they sat through the partial program. Apparently there was no understudy or second cast dancer available. Nor was there a replacement dance that could be substituted.
There have been no reports on the condition of the other dancer – you know, the one who Natalia bashed into or vice versa. But does it matter? Apparently not.
Natalia has never been keen on bunch formations and trap plays. When given the option, she's always chosen to tuck the ball under and run the sweep with the hope that she can break open and sprint to the goal line and then launch into an unsportsmanlike song & dance "This field isn't big enough to hold me."
We'll probably never see the footage of this collision just like we've never seen the footage of when Natalia went sailing over the shoulder of her partner during a Nutcracker performance at the Paris Opera Ballet some years back.
Concussions aren't funny and can have serious consequences if not managed wisely. A second impact experienced before complete recovery of a first concussion can be fatal. While Natalia and the choreographer MacGregor may be well-known for creating excitement by pushing limits, it's time for ballet to throw a penalty flag when concussions and violent impact injuries begin to occur.