Posted 26 June 2000 - 12:52 PM
Changing the topic: another "ballet rage" pet peeve of mine would be the women (and men) who insist on dousing themselves with cologne until they absolutely reek.
Posted 26 June 2000 - 01:56 PM
I've also had my come-uppance. A lady snuck into the seat in front of me, which irked me (OK, I've done it too). What made me angrier was that she wore a rather large hat. One insult was bad enough but 2 were more than I could handle so I politely asked her to remove her hat. She did, and unleashed the wildest, long bouffant head of hair I've ever seen...much larger than the hat! How I wished I had the nerve to ask her to put her hat back on.
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Posted 26 June 2000 - 02:07 PM
I tend to get upset when a fellow audience-member sitting near me (usually behind me...easier to hear) makes it known that s/he is in attendance only because of corporate or family obligations. Especially guilty in my mind are corporate big-wigs who are in attendance at a cultural event only because their corporation is a major sponsor & they "have to make an appearance." Case in point: at a recent ballet in a major European opera house, two Yankee male corporate big-shots sitting behind me kept asking each other what was going on in the Super Bowl back in the US! They couldn't wait to run back to their hotel rooms to turn on cable TV. It drives me nuts to think that those choice-location seats would be better-appreciated by more intelligent lovers of the art of ballet, who could never afford them.
Posted 26 June 2000 - 02:20 PM
Ed, the way you have described the look your wife is capable of... I was loughing for 10 minutes. Great job!
Giannina, that hat story was very funny !
Posted 26 June 2000 - 04:17 PM
Are children who have taken ballet quieter
and better behaved when in the audience
than children who have not?
Posted 27 June 2000 - 05:34 AM
Just last week during of the first night of the new Mahdaviani at NYCB, two couples with two daughters were sitting behind me. During the first ballet, the teenage girls were laughing throughout. I tried to ignore it. From their conversations during the intermission, I gathered they were tourists who came to the ballet just so they could say, "Well, we saw something at Lincoln Center. We experienced culture." Nothing wrong with that but during the premiere, the girls started up again, and added sluping noises to their repertoire. I had thrown a few polite shhhes their way but finally during a break in the action turned around and said, "You might not be interested in what goes on stage but I am. Could you please tell your daughters to be quiet." Well, that was the kiss of death. Now all six of them were giggling and snickering and making comments. Happily, two ballets were enough culture for them and they left before Fearful Symmetries. The point is, if you forget yourself and somebody has to ask you to be quite, just do it. Everybody slips. But the comments and the fights are just irritating and make even more noise.
And I wish people would investigate before going to something like the ballet or opera. An evening of Episodes, Sonatas and Interludes, Summerspace, and Chaconne might not be the program to take very young children, or ballet neophytes.
Oh, I'd also like to add toe-tappers, whistlers, and hummers to my list of enemies at the ballet. Along with those who undo wrappers during the pas de deux (if they must, do it quickly and possibly during applause for a solo or something). And those who have a comment for every new tutu they see.
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Posted 27 June 2000 - 07:42 PM
It was my birthday and as a present from my parents i went to see ABT's world premiere of Swan Lake. I wanted my first performance from a big company to be perfect, but alas that was not the case. There was this guy sitting in front of me and his girlfriend kept getting upset like the ballet was hurting her or something and he kept talking to her to calm her down-- aaahhhhh it was sooo annoying! Then during intermission i really wanted to get a souvenir so i was looking at this book at the gift stand and this fat ugly guy came up to me and was like " Why dont you move other people want to buy stuff to so get out of the way" except it was much worse i cant remember exactly what he said--- my dad almost exploded he was so angry at the man-- and when i finally got back to the table after being pushed aside there were no books left.
But there is a happy ending!! i was sitting before act three and looking around when all of a sudden i recognized a face- that of former prima with the kirov Irina Kolpakova!! i got her autograph --- it totally made up for everything else.
Posted 27 June 2000 - 11:10 PM
Posted 28 June 2000 - 07:01 AM
Posted 28 June 2000 - 11:22 AM
And I'm glad Giannina mentioned people who lean forward in their seats. Sitting properly is so important a part of theatre etiquette that I think it should be mentioned in the pre-performance announcement. Or maybe written on the back of the seats in really small print. Something like, "If you're close enough to read this, you're blocking the view of the person sitting behind you. Sit Back!"
Posted 28 June 2000 - 11:56 AM
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Posted 28 June 2000 - 08:08 PM
Seriously, I'm glad that this at least has shown up on the radar screen. I don't even take my seat anymore at NYCB unless I go with someone. When I'm alone, I buy my seat through my Fourth Ring Society membership (cheaper than standing room) and grab one of the seats at the very top (the last few rows are usually empty), partly to avoid this problem. If I do have to sit in the seat I bought because the theater is sold out, and I get a leaner in front of me, I ask them politely to sit back in their seat. But I'd rather avoid the situation entirely.
Posted 28 June 2000 - 08:25 PM
Of course, ingrained New Yorker that I am, I suffered in silence. Groaning and fantasizing about tearing him limb from limb, or stamping on that camera.
Finally, at the curtain calls, when ABT's ushers all crowded down to shout and throw roses, they spotted him doing the same thing for the bows and told him, "no cameras, please." And he still didn't stop.
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Posted 28 June 2000 - 08:52 PM
"Whatever you feel, just dance it." -Charlie, Center Stage
Posted 29 June 2000 - 02:52 PM
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