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  1. On 12/1/2020 at 2:50 PM, Olga said:

    The calendars are back! They’re in the subscription section.

    Thank goodness! I didn't realize they updated the website. I received my subscription package yesterday and was finally able to view the season calendars.   I felt like a kid in a candy store.  I'll have three of everything please!

  2. On 11/22/2020 at 10:33 PM, Drew said:

    Is there no calendar section? I would think even for locals that’s a very useful function and the company knows it has an international audience....Let’s hope an easy-to-find calendar section is on its way....

    Wow, I just spent fifteen minutes looking for the calendar section, but as you say it's not there.  I usually print copies to mark up.  I haven't received my hard copy subscription booklet yet, but hopefully that will contain a calendar.   Even so, it really needs to be on their website for everyone's reference.

  3. 3 hours ago, JuliaJ said:

     NYCB used to perform less shows anyway before they added the fall season.

    NYCB has the same number of rep weeks that they had before the fall season was created.  They just shuffled things around.  Both the winter and spring seasons used to be 8 weeks each for a total of 16 weeks of rep.  When New York City Opera no longer required the fall spot, NYCB reduced their winter and spring seasons from 8 to 6 weeks each and moved the remaining 4 weeks to the fall totaling the same 16 weeks of rep.

  4. On 4/30/2020 at 12:10 PM, nysusan said:

    I received  a refund for my ABT subscription today. I also ordered single tickets and that money has not been refunded yet so I guess they are issuing refunds in stages.

    The total refund for subscriptions and single tickets were posted to my credit card yesterday.   If you haven't received it yet, you may want to contact the MET.  

  5. 1 hour ago, Helene said:

    My only caveats would be places that don't have local companies and for whom their arts series provide a lifeline, and they are loyal to the organizations that present those performances, and university arts series, some of which overlap with the former, where people are loyal to the university.  For example, when the inevitable cancellations of Michelle Dorrance's company's performances in April, I'll donate tickets back to Dance House in Vancouver without hesitation, but not Seattle Theatre Group.

    I certainly understand that.   While somewhat different, we have always donated our tickets back to the Joyce  as opposed to the dance company.   I'm not talking about cancelled performances, but ones we could not make.  It's a wonderful venue and we want them to be able to continue to present the marvelous programs they bring to NY. 

  6. 12 minutes ago, Helene said:

    I understand why their systems aren't set up for refunds , and even if they could do a blanket refund easily, there might not be enough cash flow to refund people, especially since I'm sure this has cut into subscription sales for next season, which do provide cash flow.

    Ultimately, they're making the patrons;

    1. Do the work, including being on hold, pursuing promised call-backs, etc.

    2. Be that person who wants their money back, and saying that to a human at the other end of the phone.

    Well, I am going to be that person if the spring season is cancelled.  I have way too many tickets to even think about having a problem getting my money back.  It would be no way to encourage patrons to renew subscriptions as well as buy additional single tickets at the same time which of course is what I did.  Who knew?   I am banging my head against the wall right now.  But to put things in perspective, everyone's health is the most important thing.   Aggravation dealing with the Met is just aggravation.

  7. I just looked at ABT's website, and their links provide the information below for cancelled performances (on tour):

    Durham,NC - For our ABT presentations, most affected ticket buyers who purchased using a credit card should see a credit appear on the charge card account used for purchase within the next 2-3 weeks. This automatic refund includes those that purchased tickets online or by phone with DPAC or Ticketmaster, or in person using a credit card at The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC. If you purchased with cash, please return to the Ticket Center to obtain a refund. For more information, please email DPAC at customerservice@dpacnc.com.

    Chicago - If you have tickets to an upcoming performance in the next 30 days, the Auditorium Theatre will contact you in the next few days to discuss ticket options. Please be patient as we navigate the next steps, as we are expecting a high volume of inquiries.

    Abu Dhabi Festival -All pre-sold tickets will be refunded

  8. 3 hours ago, Leah said:

    I understand that refunds may just not be viable for many arts organizations. However if that’s the case then ticket holders should be able to have an indefinite credit with no restrictions on their account.

    And if you are going to give refunds it should be automatic. The Met is just adding unneeded stress. The credit is still listed on my account, they won’t email any confirmations, and I’m worried that the refund just may not go through.

    I totally agree.  If done as a credit, it should have no restrictions.  But I honestly hope it is not legal to keep the money as a donation, especially when it is a large amount of money at stake. 

    Have you been able to get through and ask to speak with a manager? 

  9. 5 minutes ago, nanushka said:

    I agree that it's not the best way to generate good will. That said, the three options @California reports Colorado Ballet as offering do not include a refund option, only donation or (basically) exchanges (i.e. an account credit or a gift certificate), so I'm guessing the Met may be legally in the clear on this. I'd be curious to hear what credit card companies do if anyone tries that route, though.

    Yes, I just saw that they were not offering a refund.  The problem with their credits is they expire in one year.   I don't know about others, but the number of ballet performances I attend each year varies.   I have a hefty amount tied up in ABT (and NYCB tickets) and would hate to be in a position to be forced to make a mandatory donation. 

  10. 16 minutes ago, nanushka said:

    Not sure how/whether they can get away with it, but this is undoubtedly why they're trying to:

    "he hoped some people with tickets for canceled performances would donate the money to the Met instead of seeking refunds....."

    I certainly understand that they are fragile, as are most of the arts organizations, but I certainly hope that they cannot get away with doing this without consent. 

    A friend of mine who subscribes to KC was sent the following for cancelled performances.  Seems to me that the Met should be doing the same thing if they want to encourage VOLUNTARY donations.

    • Exchange your tickets for a future date or alternate show (where possible)
    • Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value
    • Exchange your tickets for a Kennedy Center gift certificate, or
    • Receive a full refund for the value of the ticket and associated fees
  11. 20 hours ago, abatt said:

    If you figure it out please share.  I do not see any way to convert the funds to a refund just by logging into my account.  I have many opera tickets in March and hell will freeze over before I allow all that money to end up as a Met donation.

    You bought something (item/service/performance) and have not received it.   How on earth could the Met get away with this!  Your credit card company can resolve this if you can't.   I guess we have this nonsense to look forward to if any ABT performances are cancelled.

    I received an e-mail from Telecharge the other day saying they would automatically refund to my credit card for theater tickets during the Broadway cancellations recently announced.  That's what the Met should be doing.

  12. On 2/27/2020 at 7:01 PM, Barbara said:

    What?? When I bought my subscription I was told exchange week started 3/22! Good thing I read ballet alert! 

    Did exchange instructions come with your tickets?  I received the exchange instructions with my subscription tickets with the date of 3/15. 

  13. 1 minute ago, bellawood said:

    Harrison Coll was at the recent SAB lecture series they do for adults (It was a session about Justin Peck, who was discussing his process) and he said he was injured on the last day of WSS filming but was on the mend. 

    Thank you so much for the update on Coll.  I've been missing him, and hoping that he's okay.

  14. On 12/1/2018 at 9:07 AM, Drew said:

    although perfume gives me migraine and I have had to move seats because of it.

    I get migraines too, and try to move seats when possible.   Sometimes it even makes my eyes tear.  Those same people have it on their coats making it even worse.   It makes it difficult to enjoy a performance.

  15. On 2/14/2020 at 8:19 AM, nanushka said:

    Yes, this was announced as early as Sept. 2018 in a Times article:

    It was discussed on here at the time, though I'm not sure in which thread. It was also discussed, I believe, that ABT may split their spring season between the Koch (after NYCB clears out) and the Met.

    All things considered, May/June is better than August for attracting larger crowds in NYC, I would imagine.

    Agreed, May/June is better than August, but the Koch is not available either as NYCB runs through the end of May. 


    2 hours ago, abatt said:

    It's very interesting how ABT has allowed people like Tamm and Ribagorda to return to the corps after many years.   I think if Tamm had stayed at ABT, he would most certainly have been a soloist by now.


    I would think that ABT would be happy for outstanding corps dancers to return, especially if they are still dancing well and left the company on good terms.  While it was a soloist position, Sascha Radetsky also left and returned.  I was very pleased when Ribagorda and Radetsky returned, and equally pleased to see Tamm return to ABT.

  17. canbelto - I just saw your posting about your ankle getting worse.  It must be so frustrating to be missing performances etc.  I hope the doctor(s) can come up with a plan soon so you can finally get this resolved.  Please keep us all posted.

  18. 59 minutes ago, Leah said:

    I thought Peck was doing the choreography for the film? Or is he just staging the Robbins? (Hope it’s the latter)

    Oooops my mistake, Peck is doing the choreography.    While I would have preferred Robbins, Peck works for me as I enjoy most of his work.

    57 minutes ago, FPF said:

    Won't the Broadway version  have about a year head start on the film? The film could even increase the audience for the show--lots of people seem to want to see the Broadway Disney musicals when they could easily stay home and watch the movies and just by generating more buzz about WSS in general. 

    Also, isn't Justin Peck the choreographer for the movie?

    Yes, and yes.

  19. 1 hour ago, Peg said:

    But this production of WSS has Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker as the choreographer. It could be very strange to say the least . But I’m assuming the Robbins Trust had to approve it. 

    Good point.  I just hope it's not too weird.    At least the film with have Robbins choreography.

  20. 54 minutes ago, BLalo said:

    If the critics and a “large segment of the public” consider it a triumph, is the show then not a success? Is longevity the only factor in determining something’s success? 

    If that was the case, only a handful of shows would truly be successful. 

    I agree. 

  21. 10 hours ago, On Pointe said:

    For Ramasar's sake I hope West Side Story has a decent run,  but I truly doubt that it will succeed.

    Why do you truly doubt the show will succeed?  As far as projecting whether a show which has not premiered yet will have a decent run, it looks like the the advance sales are very high.  I already have tickets for the show, but decided to get another set for an earlier date, and I'm having trouble getting anything decent before February. 

    11 hours ago, On Pointe said:

    With the Spielberg film version coming,  could be that the public is not in the mood for yet another WSS,  especially since there's nothing wrong with the original. 

    While I agree that there is nothing wrong with the original film (which I love and have watched a million times),  what's wrong with having another version with today's dancers?

    Film and stage are two completely different forms of entertainment.  I attend Broadway shows much more frequently than the movies.  Also, movies can be seen worldwide, but this show is in NYC.   So while they are being done simultaneously, IMO it's unlikely that they'll be competing for an audience.

    22 hours ago, mille-feuille said:

    Yes, I agree that the tone implies more than just a temporary leave. If that's the case, I look forward to seeing more of the up-and-coming men.


    Ramasar has not been holding up and coming men so you should have been seeing them anyway.  If the AD deems fit to cast them, then he will.   I just saw Preston Chamblee in a principal role a few days ago, and he was gorgeous. 

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