Leaning forward seems to be growing in behavior. I get the feeling that the lean-forwarders think that they show a more intense connection with what's going on. The fact that they drive those behind to madness may foster my derisive explanation. Hate 'em.
I just have to offer an explanation in rebuttal. The situation may be unique to me, but I'm sure I'm not the only health-challenged patron of the ballet. I have had to lean forward at many a performance, and do so only as a last resort, because my abdomen harbours a very large tumour. When seated in the normal way, I can only last for a half hour or so until the pain becomes so severe that I simply need the relief of leaning forward. Of course, the balletgoer seated behind me thinks I am being incredibly rude and insensitive, rather than in incredible pain.
I always try to buy seats where there will be no one behind me, either on the sides or in the back row, but ordering through ticketmaster
, this isn't possible every time. Instead of staying home to bear my particular burden and foregoing theatregoing entirely, I just do the best I can and bear the inevitable pain as long as I can, praying that the person seated behind me will be kind if I have do a little leaning forward. I simply want to raise awareness, as it were, of other
reasons for leaning forward. Lots of folk may look hale and hearty on the outside, as I do, but live with chronic health problems that don't allow them to behave as normally as you would like.