Peter Martins, the ballet company’s ballet’s master in chief, has long talked of making the theater a world destination for dance.
An appealing idea for dance lovers, but the last paragraph, devoted to possible future tenants, struck me as slightly weird:
Among the likely candidates to fill regular slots are the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and several international companies, like the Royal Danish Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London.
Surely some of those dance companies would need an umbrella organization to invite and "present" them. I can't see them undertaking the risk of renting the hall themselves -- especially for "regular" seasons. Especially those financially strapped American companies. A festival of visiting companies -- of which any or all of the companies mentioned could of course be included -- does seem practical..
Does the Joyce, mentioned in the article as a possible presenter for part of the City Opera's old commitment, have the resources and connections to make this kind of thing work in a theater of this size?
And ... why not a festival of visiting opera
companies? After all, wasn't a major factor behind those expansive renovations to improve the acoustics for opera performances? More ballet, definitely. Even modern dance. But is this desirable if the price that has to be paid is ... less opera?
Meanwhile the NYC Opera and the unions representing orchestra and chorus seem even more bogged down in disagreements. NYCO is seeking other venues, but also seem to be in the process of redefining themselves as a version of a freelance or even a pickup company.http://www.nytimes.c....html?ref=music