Posted 18 July 2001 - 02:08 PM
In the past few years, I think that dress has become the statement of position instead of proper behavior in a theatre. We have lost the proper way of acting in a theatre, and it has influenced the way we look at ballet. Here are a few examples:
1. An usher must not look you in the eye, unless it is being friendly. How many times have I been looked in the eye by an usher in a threatening way I cannot count!
2. The audience must be seated quietly during the duration of the performance - even during the overture. I can't stand loud audience members, not to mention those cell phones which should be in an altogether different category.
3. An audience member must clap appropriately at the END of the dance only. It is distracting and unnerving for performers to have to perform to clapping instead of music.
4. At the end of the performance, the audience is immediately to stand up to applause.
5. NO FOOD AND DRINK INSIDE THE THEATRE! And even if it is allowed in the theatre, you shouldn't eat in during the performance! (Unless, you have a medical problem where you must have a drink of water or medication in specified intervals.)
6. You must be polite to the ushers, and give the appropriate "Thank you" when recieving your seat location and program.
7. You must not utter an inappropriate remark to a patron trying to leave the theatre or trying to get to their seat. Just get your stuff out of the way and stand to make room!
Anything else that I have forgotten?
Posted 18 July 2001 - 02:29 PM
Posted 18 July 2001 - 03:22 PM
Try not to hum, whistle, or otherwise join in along with the music. I came to see a ballet and hear the orchestra, not an audience member accompanying it.
If you are tall, keep your head still, and try to avoid big beehive hairdos. I'm very short, and I get tired of having an amorphous gray mass move into my field of vision when I am peering out onto the stage with my binoculars.
If you are taking a date to the ballet, that's wonderful. What's not wonderful is two lovebirds going at it while I am trying to watch a performance. This is not the movies. Get a room if all you want to do is neck all night.
[ 07-18-2001: Message edited by: BalletNut ]
Posted 18 July 2001 - 03:38 PM
Posted 18 July 2001 - 04:51 PM
Posted 18 July 2001 - 06:07 PM
Well, yes, I agree with you on that. But it is only to be polite. But I see what you mean.
I have come up with one more:
8. When a performance is over, and bows have finished, the audience should face either the left or right (depending on seat location) and WAIT until those in front have left the row in order to get out.
Posted 18 July 2001 - 08:11 PM
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