When do you look through your opera glasses?
Posted 10 May 2003 - 06:58 PM
I realize that I miss a lot in the moments when I raise the binoculars and focus, so this is probably not the best way to view ballet, but on those occasions when I forget to bring the glasses I feel I miss even more.
How do people know when to look through their glasses? Is it instinctive or something to be learned?
Posted 11 May 2003 - 06:14 AM
I really don't like sitting that high up (I know, I know, it could have been higher and many people like having this angle of view) so I felt that I really needed to use them often. Although I knew it was important to see the big picture when Cojocaru and Corella were on stage together in the dream phase, I felt I had to see her in detail. She is exquisite and I couldn't bear to miss any aspect of her performance.
Normally, I do tend to look at the "main" dancers faces as they come on...or if someone is doing something in a solo, or pas de deux I also really do like seeing it "up close" for part of the time...
And I, too, have zeroed in on a corps dancer, myself, Farrell Fan.
P.S. Extra wide auto focus binoculars make a big difference.
Posted 11 May 2003 - 06:45 AM
Using the opera glasses is not easy for me. I have them on a cord around my neck. I wear regular glasses which are also on a cord around my neck. If I need the opera glasses I whip off my regular glasses and have them dangle against the left side of my body as I pick up the opera glasses and use them. When I no longer need the opera glasses I reverse the process, but if I'm not careful I can get the cords entangled and miss a lot of ballet as I try to extricate myself.
Posted 11 May 2003 - 02:40 PM
Posted 11 May 2003 - 04:37 PM
Other than over-applauders my main gripe is people who lean forward in their seat, usually/seemingly wrapt in attention. While they're wrapt I can't see a darn thing.
But I digress.
Posted 11 May 2003 - 05:31 PM
Posted 11 May 2003 - 06:17 PM
Posted 12 May 2003 - 04:47 PM
Giannina, the type of binoculars I bought for ballet, in particular are Bushnell Xtra Wide and if you click on Click on Model #13-0421 4x21 you'll get the details.
They actually sell them in the gift shop beneath Lincoln Center, but I'm sure you can order them from any good binocular/camera store. They're not expensive, and they're worth every penny.
Posted 12 May 2003 - 07:33 PM
I must say, I've rarely been bothered by protruding elbows on people looking through their glasses. And since I'm short like Giannina, I know my tucked-in elbows never appear above the level of my seat. As a matter of fact, anybody lucky enough to sit behind me really owes me a sincere thankyou. A couple of things bother me in people sitting in front of me, however, namely height and width. There are also people who literally put their heads together to talk over what they're seeing. Almost as bad are those who are so enthralled that they lean forward on the edge of their seats, thereby blocking part of the stage for the persons behind. And so on.
Posted 12 May 2003 - 08:05 PM
Posted 12 May 2003 - 08:28 PM
First movement of Serenade, the glasses are always down, too.
During Alonso's few late Giselles in New York, I always, always trained in on her feet during the Act II entrechats. Gosh, they were so incredibly fast and neat, and hard enough to see magnified 7 times, they'd have been a total blur from the Family Circle otherwise.
When I know a ballet well, it's pretty easy to gauge the quiet moments to transition between direct vision and aided vision, as it were.
I like being able to see the corps as a whole, but I also like to know who's who beyond the front row. If I do a fourth Bayadere this season, I'll probably think, to hell with the stage design, I want to see this one and that one. Oh, and that one.
Posted 17 May 2003 - 11:55 AM
Posted 01 June 2003 - 04:07 PM
My fiance does always bring his and likes to occasionally look through them. He's newer to the ballet thing than I am, so he likes to check out all views....from super close-up to taking in the whole stage. We're both tall, so I'll be sure to nudge in his elbows at the next performance we both attend!
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