I am now a Farrell Fan Fan.
Ballerinas and Candy Wrappers
Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:53 AM
I am now a Farrell Fan Fan.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:25 PM
Well, every now and then when it looks like they're phoning it in, I do kind of want to remind the dancers on stage that they're being watched "Hello! We're here! We braved the elements just to see you!"
Just for the record, no one was phoning it in at NYCB's Tuesday (1/13/09) Coppelia -- everyone was just terrific. Well done!
Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:58 PM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:00 PM
And yes...I make sure I look deep into the eyes of theater offenders-(candy eaters, cell phone addicts and the rest...)-AFTER shushing them...
A wooden stick here and now would probably be too much...
Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:06 PM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:23 PM
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:38 PM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:41 PM
It's still a totally non comprehensible issue to me. Unacceptable.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:07 PM
That's all right, but this thread is two-pronged. We've had many about various kinds of disturbances at performances, and littering can be included. That is not all that this one is about. I think what Farrell Fan and I are on to is that the second 'prong' is that 'beautiful ballerinas' acted like common wenches and that, on further delving, we find that a male dancer has gotten 'bad publicity' for something he was at least to some degree possibly at fault (I realize the tip-toe nature of these things and it is galling sometimes.) There was another dancer in his car and I recall that the outcome left
Ramasar (or however you spell it) as being somehow more legally culpable. But Nilas became a 'good person' upon holding the door for someone, and the beautiful ballerinas 'lost their beauty' by what is by any measure a minor infraction--whereas in the other a possible felony was involved. I can't speak for Farrell Fan, but to me that is what is annoying and trivial about this: I agree with kfw, cristian, and hans about the LITTERING IN GENERAL, and however you want to tell them about their littering or talking or text-messaging--discipline them if you want. And do the same thing for 'beautiful ballerinas' and dancers who get to do Apollo without being able to. But don't judge them on such a purely superficial basis--that they did or did not follow all the rules of Louis XIV's court--in which case they were either banished to the provinces (poor mistreated Nilas Martins got 'sent down' to...Manhattan...) or allowed to remain courtesans of the New York State Theater while committing high crimes and misdemeanours.
'Exiled from Saratoga' is gonna knock everything else off the best-seller lists.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:51 PM
I agree, erpollock, and I think you handled the situation well. (And welcome to Ballet Talk!) I can only imagine what Balanchine, who didn’t even like to see anyone leaning on a piano or using it as a barre, would think of dancers littering the floor. Littering is plain bad manners, not to mention illegal in many circumstances, and has no place in a theatre or anywhere else. Not only can it cause discomfort to others but it makes a public space ugly and unpleasing.
I don't think dancers are any better or worse than anyone else – they’re just people, after all. Throwing your trash on the floor doesn’t make you a bad person, though – only a rude and/or thoughtless one.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:38 PM
Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:35 PM
Yes, the candy wrapper issue is relatively trivial, but learning/teaching respect for the environment, be it national park or theater, is not. In a perfect world, the complainant would have politely confronted the miscreants and explained their crime, they would have been eternally grateful for the enlightenment and forever ceased dropping candy wrappers on floor, street or meadow. However, on this planet erpollack's response seems reasonable given the possible consequences of confrontation. Maybe they learned a lesson, maybe not. At least nobody resorted to BB guns.
Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:32 AM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:49 AM
At one point as was so sick of the whole situation that I stood up in a rage and went out to call the usher on the lady with the cellophane bag-(yes...not one candy, but a whole bag). Once I got his attention and explained the situation, I got the shocking news. This is the dialogue that went on between the usher and me. You be the judge.
"C-Hi.I need your help for a second please...
U- How can I help you?
C- I need you to come with me and tell the lady sitting in front of me to please stop making noises. She has spent the entire performance compulsively eating candy from a cellophane bag. I understand that the theater policy calls for not allowance of food and drinks during performances...
U- I am so sorry I can't help you. For this particular performance food and drinks have been allowed.
C- Since when did the Arsht Center changed the policy...?
U- It s not the Arsht Center, Sir...The Mark Morris company, who rented the theater, has the right to institute specific policies for their performances, and we were advised that they would allow drinks and food inside the hall during their performances.There's nothing I can do about it"
I was-(still am)-in complete shock...so
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU, MMDG...!!!
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