Going to the Ballet in a changed world
Posted 21 September 2001 - 06:55 AM
"Some of us have, quite understandibly, felt uneasy about going to ballet etc givin the atrocities in New York. Dance etc seem rather trivial compared to what is going on in the world. Also some felt that it would be disrepectful for the dead if we still enjoyed our entertainmemts.
But I think people are wrong to take this view. Firstly this is exactly what the terrorists want us to do - to make us give up our way of life and to make us afraid. There is a old terrorist saying "kill one, scare a thousand" (in this case its "Kill thousands, scare a billion". I would not be pompous enough to say that going to the theatre is an act of defiance but it does send a message to the terrorist that we will not be intimidated.
But perhaps even more important is that the dramatic fall in tourism will result in major financial difficulties. This is particularly so for the Royal Ballet which is particularly dependant on tourism. So they need our patronage!
I note that on Broadway people are saying that going to the theatre is a civic duties. Things are so bad there that not even the Lion King sold out. 6 shows have already closed.
Shortly after the atrocities I booked my flight to New York (from London) on American Airlines for the ABT season in November. I will not be intimidated."
Posted 21 September 2001 - 09:04 AM
Things seem frozen here. There's an outpouring of money to charities and funds for the survivors, but people seem reluctant to spend. That, coupled with a fear of travel, will make things slow for awhile, I fear.
I hope people will attend performances if they are able to do so. In addition to all the reasons Eugene stated, it doesn't really make any sense, or do any good, NOT to.
Posted 21 September 2001 - 12:03 PM
Like Eugene, I'm trying to maintain my spirits by planning to attend local ballet presentations. Heck, I just purchased my first Washington Ballet subscription series in twelve years! That says something! ;) On the other hand, I'll be traveling a lot less to see shows outside DC.
Posted 21 September 2001 - 12:37 PM
I'll take the opportunity, especially now I know that tickets are cheap, to recommend this, and suggest, if it's possible, to try to see a program towards the beginning of the run and the same program at the end of the run. One of the most enlightening experiences in my balletgoing career was Farrell's first season, with the Washington Ballet (which has never looked better) where each night built, the dancers gained confidence from performance to performance, the whole thing caught on fire, and the last weekend was extraordinary. I didn't get the same sense last time in the Terrace; partly repertory, partly because she didn't have the same level of dancers. It takes a decade to build a company, but if you're interested in this sort of thing, it's fun to watch the building.
On the larger question that Eugene raised, all signs say that, at least in New York and Washington, people are not going to the theater. As of now, six Broadway shows, which were doing well before September 11th, are closing this week and more are expected.
I think part of it is that people aren't in the mood, or perhaps feel that art is frivolous? Maybe when the NFL takes to the field this Sunday people will think things are returning to normal
How do you all feel about going back to the ballet? The dancers have no choice; they have to rise to the occasion. Will we be there when they do?
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Posted 23 September 2001 - 05:30 PM
I think this attack came at the absolute worst time for America with the economy already on the brink, our President predicting a long war and the stock market reeling, the last thing on many people's minds is seemingly already over priced tickets.
I was shocked at some of the shows that closed, mostly because they were the tickets that were affordable.
Has there been much of an impact outside of the States?
Posted 24 September 2001 - 01:59 PM
Posted 25 September 2001 - 12:43 AM
Also, it's unbelievably difficult to get around NYC physically right now. All streets below Canal Street are still closed to cars and the Subways are a complete mess, with trains rerouted and stopping aimlessly between stations for much longer intervals than they actually roll anywhere. It took me 1 and 1/2 hours to get from W. 72d steet to Prince Street to attend a museum opening Thursday, which was nearly deserted, by the way. And cabs were nearly impossible to get at times even before this. No one in the City who doesn't have to go somewhere is going. The further uptown you get, the less this is true, but it's true all the same.
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