Ballet Police Patrol Hummingbird Centre!
Posted 13 July 2003 - 03:16 PM
Sure you’re laughing now! One misfortunate soul who callously broke the strict “No Cell Phone” bylaw was shocked when Kudelka’s Nutcracker Bears yanked him from his seat and pulled him onto the stage right in the middle of Swan Lake to make an example of him! The entire corps de ballet rushed onto the stage and beat the stupid bastard mercilessly with their pointe shoes to get their “No Cell Phone” policy through the lunkhead’s melon!
Posted 13 July 2003 - 03:44 PM
Posted 14 July 2003 - 03:45 PM
Each performance I've attended this year seemed to have its share of cell phone nonsense. :angry:
Now my husband can sleep through anything :sleeping: ...but this would include the performance, so wouldn't be my chosen method of dealing with said interference.
Maybe I should just hold my breath? :green:
Posted 19 July 2003 - 04:49 PM
#10. Bovine gum chewers.
# 9. Those who don’t bath/shower on a regular basis.
# 8. Parents who bring their unruly children to Swan Lake.
# 7. People who think they’re at a ball game.
# 6. Coughing up a lung, kidney, liver and/or pancreas.
# 5. Of course, cell phones! GGGGrrrrr!!!
# 4. Someone who has mistakenly planted their _ _ _ in my seat even though their seat just happens to be in the oxygen mask section. I usually approach them with a polite:
Thank you for keeping my seat warm!
# 3. Chain smokers. There’s nothing quite like the lovely aroma of a nicotine stained human being.
# 2. Cologne\perfume with more power than Pepe Le Pu.
# 1. Inappropriate applause before a movement is finished by overzealous fans. I prefer to wait to show my appreciation at the end of a ballet or at the very end of a variation. Too much applause turns ballet from a moving experience to an athletic event.
* It should be noted, that for the most part, audiences in Toronto are a well-behaved bunch. It’s just a few who can be annoying. :angry:
Posted 20 July 2003 - 06:28 AM
Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:43 AM
i'm sure all canadian ballet fans aren't that bad...
Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:16 PM
Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:27 PM
Yes, lots of parents bring young children to Swan Lake (even Kudelka's very dark version!). The kids may fidget a bit, but at least tickets are being sold! The problem is more when kids go see modern pieces. I remember when NBS grade 5's saw "Comforts of Solitude" and they started a chain of coughing because they were so bored and uncomfortable.
Finally, I don't think there is such thing as too much applause as long as it is appropriately placed and respectful. But there's a whole other thread about that...
Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:51 PM
Posted 21 July 2003 - 07:19 PM
Posted 22 July 2003 - 04:58 AM
Proper Audience behaviour needs to be taught. Not a difficult lesson, but some instruction is nevertheless required. Unfortunately, with ticket prices for many things in the GTA soaring, folks may just stay away with the end result being VERY poor audience "skills" if they ever do make it out to a performance.
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