Would a RAVE review make you see a ballet?
Posted 14 February 2004 - 08:37 PM
Just a theory deduced by remembering a not-too-long ago clunker (unanimous by the word-of-mouth I got, anyway) that was greeted by positive-to-tepid press reports. Not raves, but certainly not pans. It was my aforementioned spies, not the critics, who warned me that it wasn't even a good trainwreck.
Posted 14 February 2004 - 09:32 PM
Posted 14 February 2004 - 10:27 PM
The real problem was that the music couldn't stand up to that much attention, and hte whole experience seemed woozy at the time and still does.... But the drug-overdose super-star meltdown (to "Purple Rain," wasn't it?) is an image i will never forget, it crystallized something very true of those times.... a kind of dance journalism....
Posted 15 February 2004 - 04:58 AM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 10:29 AM
Anyway, if our mini-polls are any judge, fans don't go to see a ballet based on reviews, or at least a pan (how did this get on the rave thread?) won't drive them away.
As for raves bringing in viewers, I can think of two instances in Washington where a company could not have had more favorable press coverage and it had no effect. The first was of Mark Morris, in his early days. Huge preview piece in the Post, rave-rave-rave review of opening night. Result = empty seats. It took a few years for Morris to have enough of a following to fill the house. Also, Bournonville. Every DC critic has written "you've got to see this, there's nothing like it!" pieces about Bournonville, since at least 1976, when I first read them. Kriegsman's review of the 1982 tour were the best reviews the company ever got overseas -- best, not only in the sense of unmitigated raves, but that they are beautifully written pieces that explain the repertory and the aesthetic. Washington dancegoers, after 30 years of propaganda, still do not like Bournonville. Not one bit. (Of course, some do, but generally, from lack of applause and overheard intermission comments, there's not enough dancing and they're too old-fashioned.)
Posted 15 February 2004 - 11:03 AM
I'm more likely to check past (or present) BalletTalk posts if I'm going to see a nationally known company - with thanks to Alexandra for the resource.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 12:09 PM
carbro, on Feb 15 2004, 12:18 AM, said:
Nanatchka, on Feb 12 2004, 12:44 AM, said:
Posted 15 February 2004 - 04:26 PM
Posted 15 February 2004 - 05:09 PM
Nanatchka, on Feb 15 2004, 03:09 PM, said:
Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:42 PM
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