can you stay 'til the curtain goes down?!?
Posted 16 January 2000 - 08:11 PM
Guest_Laura C. Cutler_*
Posted 16 January 2000 - 10:09 PM
Posted 17 January 2000 - 09:19 AM
Posted 17 January 2000 - 06:04 PM
Posted 17 January 2000 - 06:17 PM
Posted 17 January 2000 - 09:21 PM
Why is it that, in all other professions, if your clients are dissatisfied, they are encouraged to voice their disapproval, but suddenly if you are an artist, disapproval is equated with impoliteness?
Guest_Laura C. Cutler_*
Posted 18 January 2000 - 03:28 AM
Posted 18 January 2000 - 05:36 AM
Posted 18 January 2000 - 07:24 AM
Ilya, I find you a little bit too severe. It's not just a matter of "hard work"... Disapproval might come from the dancers' performances, but also from the choreography or the production. It often happened to me to dislike a performance because of a bad choreography,
but the dancers aren't responsible for it, so if they did their best in it, I think they deserve applauses. (By the way, it reminds me of a POB performance when the dancers were applauded and the poor pianist, who was mistaken for the choreographer by a part of the audience, got booed...)
Posted 18 January 2000 - 10:10 AM
Posted 18 January 2000 - 03:32 PM
Posted 18 January 2000 - 06:20 PM
Getting up in the middle of a performance and telling everybody what I think about the dancers or the choreographer is impolite.
Quickly leaving right after the end of the performance (without walking on my neighbors' feet or blocking their view or causing them
to fall from the gallery into the orchestra) is NOT impolite.
Estelle, I perfectly agree that if you think that somebody deserves applause, you should stay and applaud. I'm arguing, however, that if you think that no applause was deserved, you should not be obliged to stay, and should
not be called rude if you don't.
Posted 18 January 2000 - 06:38 PM
Estelle, Europeans do not dash-away during applause that way; I've rarely noticed such a thing, or maybe I've been in the company of the most laid-back & polite audiences in Europe.
I've often wondered: Are American ballet audiences in the Southeast, Midwest/Central and West Coast states as restless as those in the big cities of the East?
Posted 18 January 2000 - 07:05 PM
Posted 18 January 2000 - 07:39 PM
A very prosaic example--pardon me--are the ladies' restrooms in the MET building, whose (the restrooms') capacity is probably about three times smaller than it should be. (Some people have argued that the MET's capacity is about three times larger than it should be, but that's a topic for another discussion.) As a result, the curtain before any intermission at the MET signals the start of a race to the restrooms, with many female members of the audience participating. The losers spend the whole intermission standing in line, and some don't even make it before the end of the intermission. It is in situations like this that one feels lucky to be a man.
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