Stuttgart Ballet Cancels NY Performances
Posted 10 April 2003 - 09:36 AM
If I lived right in the city and if money was not even a second thought ;), then I probably would have gotten tickets and gone to see them. I really like to expose my ballet dancing daughter to different ballet companies whenever possible - but since the first two "if's" weren't available, I took the coward's way out and did not order tickets.
I kept hoping to read something about their mixed rep. but really didn't...at least nothing to turn my thoughts around.
I feel kind of embarrassed to admit to my pedestrian ways.. :eek:
Posted 10 April 2003 - 09:47 AM
Posted 10 April 2003 - 05:39 PM
I wonder about the wisdom of cancelling nonetheless. To be seen here is important to register with a critical dance audience and surely a success of estime here might have been worth losing a little dough. Things must be quite difficult financially for the company in general for it to be that sensitive to running a loss for four nights. Surely they had to know, without the war or anything else, that the run here would not be a money maker from a financial point of view.
Posted 10 April 2003 - 07:14 PM
I agree that a better mix between established rep and new ballets probably would have been more inticing. When SB performed at NYST it brought Cranko ballets and had a big draw in Vladimir Malakhov as a guest star.
At least 10 years ago, companies used to come with their calling card, as Alexandra put it. However, several of the last visiters to City Center have wanted to show how avant garde, cutting edge or at the forefront of new choreography they are. Australian Ballet brought new ballets, but they also did "In the Middle...," which is a known quantity. SFB this past October did mostly newer work, except its third program which had Rubies and Paquita on it, but Morris and Wheeldon can be considered draws and the company was very popular from its last visit. National Ballet of Canada visited a few years ago and danced Kudelka. I didn't go so I don't know how they drew, but I would have gone if they had performed the attractive mix they perform at home.
Posted 11 April 2003 - 03:43 AM
Michael, I don't think it's as bad in NYC as you're describing but, perhaps, our paths cut a different swath? I can attest to a packed house at the never ending Phantom of the Opera and continue to be ensnarled in traffic jams all over Manhattan...from now on, rather than getting highly annoyed, I'm going to be happy about this because it attests to our city's still being alive! ;)
Dale really seems to sum it up by saying:
Still sorry not to see them.
Posted 11 April 2003 - 07:40 AM
Posted 12 April 2003 - 08:53 PM
Posted 12 April 2003 - 10:03 PM
Posted 12 April 2003 - 10:34 PM
I still think they would not have drawn much of a crowd. They simply are not a strong company right now -- have not been for years -- and almost never tour, so folks just don't know the dancers.
A mixed program can be very stimulating, especially to introduce a seldom-seen company doing some familiar works. It gives the audience some meat to chew on.
Unfortunately, no matter what the NBoC dances these days, so many in the audience go home uninspired, unuplifted (can that be a word?), and feeling like they haven't had anything to munch on that night.
The National may just need another Nureyev to rescue them!
Posted 18 April 2003 - 10:59 PM
Posted 19 April 2003 - 06:52 PM
I saw their R&J production in San Diego at the Civic Theatre which holds just under 3000 seats -- let's just say that there was a lot of paper in the audience. They were throwing free and severly discounted tickets right and left. I wonder if they are already so far in the hole that they couldn't risk losing more in NY?
Posted 20 April 2003 - 07:50 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by piccolo
[B]I'm a bit late for this discussion but how many seats are there in the City Center?
I saw their R&J production in San Diego at the Civic Theatre which holds just under 3000 seats -- let's just say that there was a lot of paper in the audience. They were throwing free and severly discounted tickets right and left.
I find this a bit strange in that a close friend was unable to get tickets for either performance. There were not even comps available. The company considered the response in San Diego to be very very good both as regards ticket sales and audience response.
Posted 20 April 2003 - 07:58 AM
Posted 20 April 2003 - 08:37 AM
"Until now, the company’s tour, which was due to last seven weeks, was very successful. The performances of John Cranks “Romeo and Juliet” attracted a lot of people and some performances were even sold out."
I am not familiar with the practice of frezing the box office that you refer to but that could easily be attributed to my ignorance of that sort of thing. But that would not explain the lack of any comps (or at least I would not think so).
Are there other public statements that contradict the above? Also, it should be noted that the turnout in St Louis was quite good for both evenings.
Posted 20 April 2003 - 10:34 AM
See the article posted on the first page of this thread, from the Stuttgart press:
Only about 25% of the tickets were sold in advance of the performances in New York. Reid Anderson believes this has more to do with the current situation in the US (war, SARS scare) than with the nature of the programming. He is very sorry to not take his dancers but cannot afford to lose so much money. It is mentioned that Opera and Orchestra ticket sales are also down at the moment.
I think we've exhausted the topic, and am closing the thread.
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