Sigh ... I was looking at that camera set up last night and wondering why all that beautiful dancing wasn't being beamed out to the universe. Yeah, I know -- unions, rights, bandwidth, piracy, etc etc etc ... In all seriousness, the compensation and rights issues are real ones, but surely it's not too much to hope that they can be equitably resolved.
I couldn't agree more. All the artists deserve fair compensation, but especially with the painful decline in PBS broadcasts in "Dance in America" and "Live from Lincoln Center" in dance (a source of many wonderful DVDs over the years), surely the dance world could figure out how to take advantage of all this technology and reach a broader audience.
I was struck by the art installation by Faile and the hip designer furniture on the lobby promenade. Is this how NYCB plans to attract new audiences to the ballet? They're not being invited to collaborate on performances (in the tradition of Diaghilev, who brought in such young artists as Picasso, e.g.). Balanchine exploited live television in the 50s and reached new audiences all over the country. (I read that he also saw this as a way to get some extra income to his dancers, which is fine with me.) Time for NYCB (and ABT) to get on board with today's innovative technologies.