Posted 14 November 1998 - 07:33 PM
Through an extraordinary combination of luck and guile, I managed to see every performance of the New York City Ballet for the year of 1956. So, I got to see in a quite unique way that company and the changes day by day that Balanchine produced. And I also got to see every performance of Tallchief. Her usual standard was very high indeed, but the extraordinary details were thrilling and ought to be noted.
Similarly, why can't we TELL these people who quite literally spend their lives preparing for performance while they can still appreciate it.
Not critical acclaim but from the audience itself?
Posted 14 November 1998 - 10:43 PM
Your idea about honoring people while they're still alive to enjoy it does happen in some parts of the world. In Copenhagen (and undoubtedly in other European capitals) peope are honored with birthday tributes every decade, starting at the age of 40, if you're truly famous or have pull, and on up (50, 60, 70, etc.) I think it's a lovely tradition. I don't know if we ever had it and lost it, or if it's a modern invention of theirs, but whatever, it's a nice way not only to honor the birthday boys and girls, but to let the city keep aware of who is important in their public life.
Posted 15 November 1998 - 10:28 AM
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