carbro, on Nov 2 2007, 03:39 PM, said:
SandyMcKean, on Nov 2 2007, 03:20 PM, said:
All 3 [Pilobolus] performances were totally sold out.
Tuesday night my friend marvelled at the dearth of empty seats for ABT's program featuring two pieces by Twyla Tharp. "Tharp sells," she observed.
miliosr, on Nov 2 2007, 04:39 PM, said:
I've seen the Graham, Limon (several times) and Morris companies in recent years and all of them performed in front of full or near-full houses. I think the Ailey, Cunningham and Taylor troupes can all find an audience as well.
This fits my own experience in recent years. And, as we've observed before, the audiences tend to be younger on average, with a higher proportion of males than at the ballet.
Look at the names listed above. Almost all are artists working at the highest level and deeply interested in integrating with the work of other serious artists (music, mise en scene, costume). In addition, Ailey, Taylor, Morris, and Tharp are familiar with ballet and have produced works that fit very well into a ballet company repertoire. Even Pilobolus connects to a level of visual wit and imagination at a very high level.
Maybe the distinction that means the most to audiences is not the old modern-versus-classical. Maybe it's dance that elevates versus dance that merely stimulates the senses.