Jack Reed, on 28 July 2011 - 08:43 PM, said:
26,000! Yes, I think they would be pleased! For 17 performances? That's about 1500 people per performance, not bad. I'm still curious whether the two in the audience near the beginning of the clip dropped any clues about why they happened to choose this, though.
I think the commentator is saying that as usual (for the festival) there are people in the audience that are new to dance and then there are the two interviews.
gives some background to the festival. I think the section in french is slightly more specific on the intentions of the festival, e.g.,
"L’objectif des organisateurs : enrichir Paris d’une grande manifestation au moment où la plupart des théâtres de la capitale ferment leurs portes, offrir aux amateurs éclairés de danse des spectacles de qualité, et enfin permettre à un large public de découvrir un art trop souvent réservé à un cercle d’initiés."
"The goal of the organizers: enrich Paris by a major event when most theaters in the capital closed their doors, offer connoisseurs of quality dance performances, and finally allow a wide public to discover art too often restricted to a circle of insiders. " - google translate
So it seems to me that they have a strategy and plan in place to achieve their aims , and , looking at the english part of the link, they have some high powered support.
Valery Colin says that the presentation has an immediate emotional impact - there isn't the need to have a knowledge base to enjoy the performance. Having said that, there is a need to sell that to the public. I would guess that the TV and press coverage, the positive reviews and the various Miami/US references, e.g., baseball, cheerleaders, beach boys (possibly Miami Vice as well), that the press have been able to use in their articles, must have all helped in this.