2002 wishes and predictions
Posted 01 January 2002 - 04:47 PM
Posted 25 December 2002 - 04:30 AM
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Robert Altman's film is a commercial and artistic success and it jump starts interest in ballet with more of the public. There is an outcry heard around the country that classical ballet is "in" again. Companies flourish, dancers are paid a living wage for their hard work!
I always did love fantasy!
Posted 26 December 2002 - 08:36 AM
Thank you Manhattnik! From your keyboard straight to Herb Chesbrough's ears!
Sadly, I am not optimistic, in fact I am downright pessimistic. Rumors abound here on a regular basis--the rumors never indicate that there will be more NYCB in Saratoga, but less.
There was some rather serious discussion in the rumor mill a few months back and I am petrified that something drastic will happen in the next year. I am not being coy. Read between my lines. There isn't too much that I can say and nothing is confirmed. But money talks and right now NYCB at SPAC isn't making any.
I've talked about this before--the fact that we have a 5200 seat theater here, twice the size of the State Theater. There is no way that it can be filled for 21 performances, and yet that appears to be the expectation. Several years ago I was part of a grassroots organization to try to build support for NYCB--sort of an NYCB Guild North, if you will. Unfortunately the group lost focus and is all but disbanded now. It is time to resurrect.
We had 25 inches of snow yesterday. I shiver through our endless winters because I love our glorious summers. If NYCB and SPAC end their relationship, I don't want to live here anymore. After all, I adore Miami City Ballet!
If anyone would like to discuss this issue further, feel free to send me a PM. If anyone is interested in helping to resurrect our support group, that would be so very welcome. If you have ever visited here, or plan to visit here, you have a vested interest. If your child ever attended or plans to attend NYSSSA, you have a vested interest. If you know anyone who has a business in Saratoga that depends on summer tourists (and they all do!) you have a vested interest. Contact me.
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