For me, rep drives the choice more times than any other thing, including whether I'll see more than one performance. [...] I like so many of the dancers that 99% of the time it doesn't matter who is cast. Where I'm disappointed in casting is usually when I've tried to see different casts and they're rearranged so that I see the same cast. [...] There are exceptions [...]
When it comes to few visiting companies (I to them or both of us to each other), which is much rarer for me, I'll pick by dancer, and assume that this will blow up by the time performances come along. [...]
I'm in complete agreement on every point (though the companies, casts, and often the rep are, of course, different in my part of the U.S.).
I don't travel specifically to see ballet, though I will adjust the time frame within reason to allow for something I really want to see. Usually, however, I go to whatever is available and find it possible to suspend judgment and just have a great time. (There's always something worth focusing on, and the theaters themselves and even the audiences can be beautiful and fascinating. )
I AM more inclined to play the compare-and-contrast game when Balanchine is performed, I notice.I hope we have many, many, many responses to this and the related poll.
Helene has given us so many choices, that almost everyone should be able to select something from just about every question.
And ... please! ... tell us something about how and why you voted.