There were about 100 in the Scotiabank Cineplex today. It didn't look like a busy day there overall: there were no lines at ~4pm when we got out, and few people milling around. Met in HD's in Vancouver are a lot different: for most operas, one medium-sized theater is usually sold out except for the first five rows (which are dizzy-making) and a smaller-theater that is at least 75% sold. For the ballet, 100 is a big crowd, unless it's "Sleeping Beauty," which sold out. It will be interesting to see how the Royal Ballet/Osipova/Acosta "Giselle"will do a week from Monday.
I thought it was funny that the written commentary said that the ballets in "Jewels" represented the three schools important to Balanchine: Paris Opera Ballet for "Emeralds," American ballet for "Rubies," and Russian classical ballet for "Diamonds." During second intermission, Novikova said that some people explain it this way and others say it represents the three cities most important to Balanchine -- Paris, New York, St. Petersburg -- or three types of performance -- romanticism, musical comedy (?), and classical ballet -- but that Balanchine said it was about the music of Faure, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.
We also had a little promo video for the National Ballet of Canada School, narrated by faculty member Cheryl Belkin Epstein. She explained a little about the progression through the school, with a lot of focus on partnering. She said that students first learn partnering in character dancing, so they get used to spacial relations and having a partner (and something else I missed.) Then the students progress slowly, with the boys learning what the girls need to stay balanced when being partnered, then learning assisted jumps to work toward full lifts and the gamut of PDD work. The boys work on upper body strength along the way.