Ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson (above), one of the Royal Ballet's leading dancers, says in today's London Sunday Times Magazine (Apr 1, 2012) that she uses perfume to get into character for her demanding roles:
"There are other things I do, like giving each heroine I play their own perfume. When I played Manon, I wore Lanvin and Guerlain."
|Cutherbertson's Manon: the courtesan who loves the high life and Guerlain.|
"As Sylvia, I wore aftershave because she's a huntress, and strong."
|"Can you smell my Old Spice, Toga Boy?"|
"Now, as Alice [in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland], I wear Annick Goutal, because of its grass-and-rose scent."
I'm going to take a wild stab and guess that Lauren's referring to Rose Splendide, which is one of Goutal's lighter, fresher roses.
Check out the clip below for some of the flavor flav of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Coincidentally, I just saw it last Tuesday with Lauren doing her whole down-the-rabbit-hole-on-toe-shoes thing. I couldn't smell her from where I was sitting -- probably because at the time, I was performing my own perfume character study with a head-to-toe helping of Armani Privé Bois d'Encens.
The clip also features my dear friend Joby Talbot, the gifted composer who wrote the score for Alice. Joby just got married a couple of days ago, so it's champers all around!