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#1 Buddy

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:40 AM

Since casting announcements seem to be a last minute thing could anyone offer some suggestions as to how to get tickets if the theater is sold out? There are always particular artists that we may want to see.

 

In my case I would have to fly to San Francisco from southern California, so last minute waiting for returns is really not practical.



#2 PeggyR

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:00 PM

Casts are usually announced a week ahead of the performance, so it's not totally last minute. Also, not all returns are last minute. I return tickets I don't want as soon as possible, so even during that week after casts are announced, you might find something. Also, there are almost always tickets up in the back, side balcony; horrible seats, but at least you would be there and you might get a last minute return.

If all else fails, I always suggest standing room. It's the only way I like watching from the orchestra, because you are guaranteed no heads blocking the view.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:01 PM

Since casting announcements seem to be a last minute thing could anyone offer some suggestions as to how to get tickets if the theater is sold out? There are always particular artists that we may want to see.

 

In my case I would have to fly to San Francisco from southern California, so last minute waiting for returns is really not practical.

 

Craigslist is generally the way to go to find tickets for sale in the Bay Area. Try searching under the following categories:

 

CL >SF bay area >for sale / wanted >tickets - by owner

 

And this direct search link for "ballet" tickets may work:
http://http://sfbay....minAsk=&maxAsk=

 

Edit: we buy at our own risk from individual sellers - you will just have to trust your gut feeling about what the seller describes. Some people allow PayPal payment which is a good thing.



#4 Helene

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:03 PM

How many performances at SFB are sold out?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

Craigslist is generally the way to go to find tickets for sale in the Bay Area. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, pherank.
 
Although casting isn't announced until just before a series, it's for the entire series. Hopefully the artists that one wants to see will also appear towards the end as well when seats might still be available.
 
Helene, from a quick glance at the seating chart, Giselle for instance, is almost sold out for the first Saturday, evening January 25, and about 85% sold out for the following Saturday evening except for the Balcony, which is about 50/50.
 
How are the Balcony seats? 
 
My main interest, by the way, would be to see Maria Kochetkova and Simone Messmer, If they were to feature them consecutively, I might start commuting. flowers.gif
 
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Thanks, also, PeggyR. I just saw your post. Is standing room usually available that evening and how do you get it? Can  you get it ahead of time? 


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

 

Craigslist is generally the way to go to find tickets for sale in the Bay Area. 


How are the Balcony seats? 
 
My main interest, by the way, would be to see Maria Kochetkova and Simone Messmer, If they were to feature them consecutively, I might start commuting. flowers.gif

 

 

Balcony seating, near the front, really isn't bad, but it IS distant, and high up. I personally prefer to sit on the edge of the Orchestra, closer to the front, if I can't get a better seat. Although the sight angle is skewed, you are at least fairly close to the dancers.

 

I definitely recommend seeing Froustey too, while you can - we don't know if she will be around beyond one season.

 



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

I prefer the Dress Circle or Balcony Circle in general.  For "Giselle," I might go for the Orchestra, but I prefer to sit higher in general.  It's a fairly steep auditorium.  I love the back of the Balcony for opera when they have Operavision, but for ballet, it's a bit far.

 

Good for SFB for doing that well with "Giselle."



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

I definitely recommend seeing Froustey too, while you can - we don't know if she will be around beyond one season.

 

 

 

Thank you very much, pherank, for bringing the video  over here. I don't recall ever seeing such fine vertical centering, as shown in her frictionless spins and her non ending en pointe. I'll certainly try to see her if I can.
 
Helene, I personal love Orchestra if possible anywhere. I like being as close as possible. At SFB I'll settle for most anything for the moment.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:17 PM

Several people here and on another thread about her have expressed concern that Froustey might not stay around long with SFB. Where is this concern coming from? Are there indications she might return to POB? Join ABT? (Except for two performances of Manon, the principals for ABT's Met season seem settled -- and I don't see Manon listed on her SFB bio page as a role she's done.) I'm not asking about pure speculation, but is she indicating doubts about staying in interviews, e.g.?



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:42 PM

Several people here and on another thread about her have expressed concern that Froustey might not stay around long with SFB. Where is this concern coming from? Are there indications she might return to POB? Join ABT? (Except for two performances of Manon, the principals for ABT's Met season seem settled -- and I don't see Manon listed on her SFB bio page as a role she's done.) I'm not asking about pure speculation, but is she indicating doubts about staying in interviews, e.g.?

 

No, she's not expressing doubts, but she took a sabbatical from POB as insurance. So she can return safely after, I believe 1 year's absence. If something develops for her at POB (a promotion), then she might want to return.

 

But I think she would develop a more distinctive approach/style by staying with SFB for a while at least.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:56 PM

Giselle is probably going to sell out because it's one of two story ballets the company is doing this season, the evening of the 25th especially since it's the same week as the Gala which is on the 22nd. Makes it an attractive combo if you're coming in from out of town. Cinderella did sell out last year and there was a mad crush even in the standing room area.

 

Tuesdays (old and traditional SF?), Friday and Saturday evenings seem to have "A"ish casts. Someone at the box office told me there are few last minute changes for principal dancers, and if there are, people are most vocally disappointed if the change involves not being able to see Maria Kochetkova, Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan, or Damian Smith. Mathilde Froustey is probably also going to be hot ticket (listen to the mid-performance applause she gets in her solo on the SPF/Grand Pas clip – fairly rare in SF) but I don't know about hierarchy and having to go through the ranks, etc for a dancer new to the company.

 

You can get standing room tickets the day of the performance (around $20) or use a balcony ticket ($30-40) in standing. It's not close-up and intimate as I think you would like – to me it approximates row A and B, fourth ring at State Theater. But I don't think anything anywhere at the War Memorial Opera House is as nice as say the second or third rings for City Ballet performances for the combination of intimacy and angle of view. (I even miss my old $7.00 fifth circle seats – inline, like seats on a small commuter airplane, and everyone with their shopping of the day piled all around them.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

 

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Thanks, also, PeggyR. I just saw your post. Is standing room usually available that evening and how do you get it? Can  you get it ahead of time? 

 

-Standing room can only be purchased the day of the performance.

-Box office opens at 10 am.

-Standees are not admitted in order of ticket purchase.  You line up outside the door, which opens an hour before the performance.  You are let in in the order you line up, which means getting there early on a popular night if you want a decent spot (opening night Giselle would probably be popular, especially as it's nearly sold out).

-The standee areas are back of the Orchestra (which is pretty good, especially since you don't have to worry about heads obscuring your view), and the balcony, which is pretty bad.  It's been my experience that a lot of people stay down in the Orchestra area, even if it means standing 2 or 3 deep.  As of a few years ago, the ushers didn't seem to care.  But it's best just to get there early so you are at the front of the line.

-The standing room price is about $20 - $25.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:07 PM

My experience with Balcony standing room was in the '90's, when my plane was fogged in, and as a latecomer, I was escorted there for the first act of "Don Carlo."  I was miserable:  it was like a yuppie bar, with people chatting, and I wanted to slap them.  I suspect that was more latecomer than standee behavior, but if the company still parks latecomers there, I would make sure I was in the Orchestra standing room.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:07 PM

Mathilde Froustey is probably also going to be hot ticket (listen to the mid-performance applause she gets in her solo on the SPF/Grand Pas clip – fairly rare in SF) but I don't know about hierarchy and having to go through the ranks, etc for a dancer new to the company.

 

My guess is that she will be a Friday/Saturday night performer, since she's new to the company. Not that that's a bad thing in any way - the entire week will have worthy soloists in action.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:02 AM

Thanks again everyone for your insights and suggestions. The popularity of Tuesday nights is interesting news. When I lived in San Francisco, long before my interest in ballet, my daughter's elderly babysitter told us that Thursday night was the big one for locals.

 

I guess what I would really like to find is a ticket agent with a reasonable markup. Agent prices seem quite high in San Francisco (double or more?). 




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