Do you save your ballet programs?
Posted 16 January 2002 - 04:05 PM
Has anyone else had this experience? Where did I go wrong?
Posted 16 January 2002 - 04:19 PM
When it came time to move though, I packed them up and brought them to the New York Public Library's Performing Arts division.
Now I can go look at all of them without having to sort them!
Posted 16 January 2002 - 05:17 PM
Farrell Fan, long ago we had a thread here -- I believe Jane Simpson began it -- of how do you keep track? Several people have spreadsheets of what they've seen and who danced what. In my next life.....
Posted 16 January 2002 - 06:21 PM
Posted 16 January 2002 - 06:40 PM
I usually just rip out the sheets that actually say what's on the program, and ditch the rest. That saves a tremendous amount of storage space. It's best to do this right at the theater rather than later, as it's really No Fun to go through a few years worth of programs ripping out the guts to save space. Besides, it makes me feel very worldly and cool to immediately rip out my program's innards and toss the rest the instant I sit down.
Maybe I'll keep one print of each season's program, just in case I want to read the features later (I'm still marvelling at the current NYCB program which has a feature on Andrea Quinn where the writer somehow managed to avoid asking the first question that would be on my lips -- "Ms. Quinn, why are you so darn fast all the time?").
A project for a Really Rainy Day will be scanning them all into my computer so I can lose them with a single disk crash, just as I can now so conveniently lose all my music.
I did once consider making a database of all the performances I'd attended, who did what, when, so the next time somebody asked me how many times I've seen Coppelia the answer will be right at my fingertips. Then I realized I have a life, or should try to have one.
Posted 16 January 2002 - 08:03 PM
Everyone has things that make them happy, however. If stacks of programs do it for you, then that's good.
Posted 16 January 2002 - 11:03 PM
Libraries don't need these programs -- they already have them. They take 'em and they toss 'em if they're duplicates.
Posted 16 January 2002 - 11:40 PM
Never throw anything away.
Posted 17 January 2002 - 04:51 AM
Wasn't there a ballet on that program with laundry on a clothesline?
Posted 17 January 2002 - 05:30 AM
I believe there was an insert in the program announcing Gelsey Kirkland was cancelling (quelle surprise), but now that you've reminded me I seem to remember the Martins/Gregory cancellation was simply announced, with no insert.
I don't remember the clothesline dance, but sometimes forgetfulness is a blessing.
Posted 17 January 2002 - 06:12 AM
Posted 17 January 2002 - 09:44 AM
Posted 17 January 2002 - 11:48 AM
Posted 17 January 2002 - 03:44 PM
Actually libraries and the companies themselves(not only NYPL, I am not speaking specifically here) sometimes still welcome donations as their collections become spotty through vandalism, mystery losses, etc.
My feeling is that if I want to find a reference, I know how and where to do so. I understand how some like to relive past pleasures through scrapbooks or collections, however.
(Unfortunately, in my daily work I am all too familiar with the donations given to libraries.....(sigh). One reason why I seldom go in bookstores for recreation any longer!)
My personal habit is to keep a program for a special engagement, and one representative program for a season. I actually like having the publicity brochures as much as the programs (the pictures, you know!!!)
Posted 17 January 2002 - 04:31 PM
This is only after about two years of going to see absolutely everything, I can't imagine what it will be like in 10 years time!
What information is in the programmes from US ballet companies? The Royal Ballet have a small size, but quite thick booklet for each ballet, with details of past productions, photographs of ballets, information on the choreographer, costume designer, scenery etc. I find them a useful source of information, I often dip into them to look at the pictures or look up something specific about a role, for example.
The casting is on a separate piece of paper, which is good if you see something several times with different casts, so you don't have to get a new programme each time. Doesn't work that way if you see the same thing in a different season though, because they change the pictures... the best bit for me! smile.gif
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