We atttended Thursday's opening night. A glorious program (Byzantium, De Suenos, Arden Court) gloriously danced.
The Mezzanine was perhaps one quarter full; the orchestra looked to be about 75% full.
This is not good.
This called to mind several other references to small (or smallish) audiences for ballet and dance generally which have been posted on BT recently. I was surprised, for instance, at the relatively low turnout (about 2/3 full) for a Ballet Florida's highly publicized production of Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra last night. I would have thought that THAT event, at least, would have brought out the new audiences.
Does anyone have any impressions -- or hard news -- about a decline in ticket sales or donations for companies that you follow -- either in the US or in other countries?
If there has been such a decline, do you have any sense that it's related to negative economic situations or perceptions (recession fears, mortgage problems, cost of living, or other economic variables) affecting the US and the world?