Do you plan your attendance or just "wing it"?What are you seeing this season?
Posted 09 November 2003 - 06:01 PM
Thus far, I've had the good fortune to see Suzanne Farrell's company when the made a stop in Brooklyn, NY...and then caught ABT's Master Works program last Wednesday. Had hoped to make it to Pennsylvania Ballet's Dracula but got waylaid.
Next on my agenda is a series at NYCB. That's something I know I'm going to attend - though one never knows for sure if one might have to tinker a bit with the exact dates. ;)
I also plan on taking a road trip to see Washington Ballet after Christmas sometime... Ballet NYC is another definite in January at Symphony Space..and then I'm 100% sure that we'll be heading on down to Philadelphia for Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake with the Pennsylvania Ballet...come hell or high water!
What about you - are you a planner or more spontaneous in your activities?
Posted 09 November 2003 - 06:07 PM
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Posted 10 November 2003 - 05:31 AM
I live 10 min by car from the Kennedy Center, so I have 2 ballet subscriptions there (in order to see both programs--usually each company has 2) plus a subscription to the Wash. Ballet's Kennedy Center performances (can't stand the Warner Theater...) plus a subscription to Boston Ballet. So I guess those are "planned".
Beyond those 20-25 performances, I go to others as they catch my eye or interest.
Sure is a good thing I don't have many other expensive habits.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:35 AM
We will attend other companies performances that come around to Cal or Berkeley if we are free, but the majority of our ballet is watched at the SFB. (My daughters dream company)
Posted 10 November 2003 - 09:25 AM
I like the spontaneity of being able to attend the performance of our choice, that fits the schedule of the day, love the price breaks...but last weekend was a challenge -- straight from her ballet class to the venue, hoping for seats (got great ones!), then right after the performance to rehearsal. She was in heaven...and we managed to make everything on time. msd
Posted 10 November 2003 - 09:39 AM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 10:46 AM
For other venues, I plan in advance, but usually buy tkt on the day of, to avoid steep handling prices. When a theater offers discounts for multiple tix, I do buy in advance to take advantage. I already have my Paul Taylor tix -- for March!
Of course, the further you travel, the more you have to plan ahead. My Spring, 2002, trip to London was booked around a Cojocaru-Kobborg Giselle, so all the above "seat of the pants" flies out the window. I would have gone to London anyway, but that performance defined my dates.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:18 PM
Sometimes some things pop up at the last minute (like next week's performance of Don Q by the Cubans at Cerritos), and it's nice to know your whole schedule so you know when you have a free moment to fit something else in.
Posted 12 November 2003 - 09:33 AM
In the new year I plan to see Bill T. Jones - has anyone seen his dance? I'm also taking my teenage daughter to Compagnie Kafig - a group of French Algerian dancers, who bring traditional culture/choreography to hip hop. This new work claims to questions social roles and womens' place in hip hop. Lots to be said there. They also mention mime and capoeria, which I've never come across before - can anyone clue me in on this style/movement? (If that is what it is.)
And, maybe get down to Toronto to see National Ballet of Canada.
Posted 12 November 2003 - 11:33 AM
I also try to attend ballet and opera performances whenever I travel. I used to travel a lot for work, and one year, I saw all but one San Francisco Ballet program while working with a vendor in the East Bay! It's much more possible when work is paying for the flights and hotel room
I live three hours from Vancouver, and I usually drive there for one or two dance performances a year. Now that Christopher Stowell is running Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, I'll probably attend a few performances there each year as well. When I visit friends in NY, I try to sneak in performances, and I've even started travelling beyond the Bay Area to see specific companies, especially in this Balanchine Centennial year.
Posted 12 November 2003 - 01:39 PM
I watch for performances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (just saw the Kirov do Jewels), I'm getting treated to Suzanne Farrell in Santa Fe next week, but am skipping Ballet Nacional de Cuba who is doing Don Q & a mixed program here in San Diego this week. I plan on attending several performances by City Ballet of San Diego, especially their Balanchine tribute in May.
Posted 12 November 2003 - 04:01 PM
Therefore I frequently end up not seeing certain dancers for ages, but I kind of like treating it like a movie or something. Then I don't feel so extravagant when I have to pay real money to see the Kirov.
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