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Do you subscribe to a ballet series?

  1. Yes, one. (11 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. No. (16 votes [48.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.48%

  3. Yes, more than one subscription (different night) to the same company. (2 votes [6.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.06%

  4. Yes, to more than one company. (4 votes [12.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.12%

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#16 Farrell Fan

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Posted 30 March 2002 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for recalling the NYCB Guild Trip to Saratoga, Casloan. It was always a great treat for me and my wife. I still miss it, even though I go to Saratoga on my own now, usually for a week. A highlight of the Guild Weekend on more than one occasion was a visit to the home of Shaun O'Brien and Cris Alexander. For those who don't know, Shaun was a longtime NYCB dancer best remembered for his Drosselmeyer and Dr. Coppelius, and Cris was a Broadway singer/dancer who was in the original casts of both On the Town and Wonderful Town. Later, he had a new career as a photographer.

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.

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Posted 30 March 2002 - 11:12 AM

Not to drag this off topic, but I recall reading about those Guild trips and thinking: "someday"....and then when I looked they were gone *poof*!? I'm really looking forward to visiting my daughter up there this summer while she is attending NYSSSA - can't wait to finally see the ballet out of doors!

#18 Morris Neighbor

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Posted 31 March 2002 - 10:20 PM

I took out my first subscription to the New York City Ballet the season after the Stravinsky Fesitval (of which I saw only the opening night: "Lost Sonata," "Violin Concerto," "Symphony in 3 Movements," "Firebird," plus free vodka). I figured that God was not going to send too many universal geniuses across my path, so I had better seize the moment!

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!

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Posted 01 April 2002 - 03:25 AM

Morris Neighbor - your comment about the "airplane hanger" was pretty funny. :) Tell me, what does one have to do in order to get enough leg room at City Center?! I thought I was going to have to be surgically removed from my balcony seat the last time I was there! People complain about NY State Theater's not having a center aisle - they must not have experienced City Center!:rolleyes:

#20 Morris Neighbor

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Posted 01 April 2002 - 04:28 PM

There's plenty of leg-room in the row of seats behind the wide cross-aisle in what used to be called the balcony; it now separates the "Grand Tier" from the "Mezzanine." I make a point of ordering tickets from the first mailing I receive and usually get seats in this row.

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 ;)

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 06:15 AM

Thank you Morris Neighbor, I've saved that info so I can refer to it next time I really want to see something there! I really have been avoiding City Center since my last visit due to the total lack of legroom - my fears have been relieved!

#22 LaFilleMalGardee

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 06:47 PM

Nope. :) But I do try to go to as many ballets as I can! :)

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Posted 25 April 2002 - 04:03 PM

I subscribe to Alberta Ballet in Canada. It is becoming a really good company. I love going to the balet, and seeing the new dancers coming out, and also seeing world premieres, from budding new choreographers as well as known and established choreographers.
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