Do you subscribe to a ballet series?
Posted 30 March 2002 - 10:57 AM
A few weeks after the last Guild Saratoga trip in the mid-90s (I don't remember the exact year) some NYCB and Guild functionaries invited trip participants to a get-together at the NY State Theater. We were asked to make suggestions as to how future trips could be improved. Many suggestions were made. although the consensus was "Don't fix it if it ain't broke." The next thing that happened was they abolished the trip altogether.
Posted 30 March 2002 - 11:12 AM
Posted 31 March 2002 - 10:20 PM
As a result, my late companion and I spent many a memorable Sunday evening in the center of the first row of the Third Ring. There was an extraordinary "Concerto Barocco" with Farrell, Watts, and Martins. And it was ideal for the farewell performances by Farrell and Patricia MacBride... But I digress.
I later added a second subscription, on Friday evenings, but rising costs, and the company's decision to cancel Sunday evening performances, have left me with that alone. As others have noted, the company has a very liberal exchange policy, and subscribers get priority in ordering single tickets as well.
Occasional visitors should know that unused subscriber tickets are sold on the day of the performance, not at the box office, but at a table in the lobby by volunteers from the Ballet Guild. The price is the same, but seat locations are usually better, and the revenues help support the company.
For several years, I took advantage of a series discount that the Joyce Theatre offered for its many dance presentations: order four or more companies per season and get a substantial discount (40% in most cases) on all tickets. Unfortunately, while several companies I admire greatly appeared from time time, I saw no point in committing myself to other dubious choices.
I do take advantage of series discounts offered by many dance companies -- ABT for its fall City Center series (story ballets in an airplane hangar do not inspire me), Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham among others. A modest contribution to a favorite company will get you top priority -- i.e., maximum legroom in the City Center balcony!
I also take advantage of series prices at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, just down the street from my apartment. While these usually entail a combination of events (opera, concerts, performance art, etc.), the choice is always wide. And the arrival of the Mark Morris company across the street has brought special deals for his company's local seasons.
In short, when I see discounts and prime seating for a company I like, I jump at the chance!
Posted 01 April 2002 - 03:25 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 04:28 PM
Especially in the center section, the sight lines are good. You still have to contend with the occasional tall person seated in front of you, but there's also the bonus of being able to trip those rude people who dash out during the curtain calls ;)
Posted 05 April 2002 - 06:15 AM
Posted 25 April 2002 - 04:03 PM
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