Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:59 PM
I just returned from the ABT Gala Opening. As far as I remember, this was my first ever ballet and my first time at the MET since 1985.
What struck me most was the bad behavior of the audience. People kept lighting up flashlights in the middle of the performance to read the programs. It must have happened at least 20 times. Do they not see anything wrong with that? And then there were those who kept talking and had to be told more than once to be quiet. And others taking flash pictures during the curtain calls.
Is this common at the ballet and the MET? It certainly doesn't happen in Broadway theaters. I really thought they'd be much stricter in enforcing the no electronic or recording devices rules.
For those of us who are easily distracted, it was quite distracting.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:10 PM
If someone has to communicate that badly, then exchange tickets for a different night when ballet may have undivided attention.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:12 PM
We have several threads around the board about bad audience behavior. I suspect that if the ushers were lax at ABT tonight, it was because the audience was full of donors, and the company didn't want to offend anyone who might be a major donor. Of course, there are others, like you, who might leave the performance having had a bad experience. I hope this doesn't get in the way of your returning to ballet.
Welcome to BalletAlert!, ord7916.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:31 AM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:04 AM
I once attended a La Traviata (opera) in Miami where the audience acted like the Preludio was mood music and they were coming and going like Grand Central Station.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:15 AM
Even one about when management is in the audience:
I've noticed that audience behavior has been an occasional hot topic at ever performing arts or sports discussion group I've seen: you're not alone in your concerns.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:27 PM
Finally, when a waiter asked her to lower the volume, she took great offense, oblivious to the other customers who didn't appreciate the noise.
That would have been a great time for you to have spoken up and support the waiter by saying: "You may think the waiter doesn't have the right to tell you to be quiet, but I as another customer surely do; so tone it down".......adding the word "please" at the end is optional .
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:36 PM
But in an age like ours, threatened by the mentally crippling affects of mass technology and the deadening signs of creeping vulgarity, Vienna appears like a pleasing outpost where old values and old manners are still appreciated. Someday it will arrive in the 20th century. I imagine it will be at a time when the rest of the world will reach the 21st.
I don't think Mr. Jellinek anticipated the Internet and international cable TV.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:41 PM
Shame...? Maybe to some...but many others laughed-(let's link this to the laughing thing of that other thread)- at the incident. Bienvenido a Miami!
Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:40 AM
I think cell phones are a major problem in America. That is the main disruption. Same with candy wrappers. For some reason people think unwrapping it slowly helps but it actually makes the disruption last longer! Anyway, I think noise like that is omnipresent, as Cristian says, here in Florida. But I think actual talking during performances is a lot less than at the Mariinsky!
Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:21 PM
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