I saw the performance on Saturday night and share many similar thoughts. I went with my mom and having lost my dad suddenly a few years ago found the ballet very hard to watch. The tone was very off for us, especially with the three headed monster being so trivial towards death, and trying to find humour in a death bureaucracy or whatever they were trying to do there. My mom actually left about 10 minutes into the performance as it was too triggering for her. So I agree, that there should have been an alert as to the subject matter.
I also found it odd to use Osgoode subway station as the spot where Eurydice dies. In my opinion that hits way too close to home and could you imagine if you decided to go for a nice night at the ballet and didn't know that was going to happen and had previously experienced anything related to a subway track suicide in Toronto? It just didn't work for me. I don't see the need to make these ballets so hyper local and familiar. Nothing would be lost with a more generic setting.
I too found the dancing beautiful, along with the score. I don't think the spoken word scenes added anything. I could feel that pain and emotion from the dancing, I don't need it drilled into me.
I did not enjoy the experience and found the manipulation of emotions excessive. Maybe if it was edited down or further worked on it could be okay, but as it is, not for me.
I am also a subscriber for the past few years and find myself enjoying things less and less, especially with new pieces like this, Peter Pan and Anna Karenina. Knowing these will have to be repeated again in the next few years leave me unsure on my subscriber status.
Here's hoping for a much better night at the next program.