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  1. We face oblivion, and destruction, and art must always be there. It is all we can say. Just go back to your classes, your job, your play, and keep creating art. It is in time of war that many great works have been completed. Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture comes to mind. I think that the pen over the sword argument should remain in our heads.
  2. Hi!This is affecting ALL of the D.C. metro area, so that would include Rockville. I'm here, and well. But, they are limiting entry into the city.
  3. It is just a matter of preference, after all.
  4. I don't neccesarily think elitism is a BAD thing. It's just that, in the U.S., at least, we tend to try to make everything 'politicaly correct', and 'democratic' where it cannot or should nt be done. Elitism seems to be an ugly word to many people, but it is just something that occured a while ago, and though it has changed quite a bit these days, it still exhists. Elitism, by definition, means "the sense of entitlement defined by class or grouping." I think most people can aggree that this type of thing still exhists, and yet most don't want it to. In many people's eyes, it's a form of prejudice. We should have gotten over it years ago, at least in the U.S. It's obviosly 'undemocratic' and makes people feel uncomfortable. It makes some feel insuperior, while others feel they lose integrety. In most countries, especialy in Europe, elitism exhists, and is looked upon as something that is just "there." We can't change it. We really shouldn't. It shouldn't make you feel inferior because you are who you are, and we go only to enjoy the arts. As long as we remember that, most people can live with elitism.
  5. O.K. What are the top ballet countries and why?
  6. Wouldn't it be frightening if ABT sudenly changed it's name to Ballet Russe? (I don't know where that came from.)
  7. Your sketches are very cute! I especialy like the Gizelle and Swan Lake ones. The drawings are incredible! Nureyev as Lucifer in extremely creative! The first two dying Swan ones are also nice.
  8. I agree heartily, Estelle! The internet has connected many different types of people, and it was only a matter of time before dance fans got a go at it! Throutout my time on the net, I have been able to find ballet companies websites, so I could buy tickets and read reviews that I might not have come accross otherwise. This forum is a blessing! There are people from all over the wonderful world, and have different views, and I have found that everytime I go to the ballet, it's a better experience because I know that I'm not the only one who has been there night after night, analyzing choreophy, comparing productions, and revering at the performances. I want to thak you all for teaching me so much, and giving me such joy when I go to a performance!
  9. Hmmm...yes, I've heard the history behind that name, but I thought from what you were saying that there were more still out there. :eek:
  10. Ballet Russe...are they still around?
  11. I have only heard of one ABT. Are you sure it wasn't the real American Ballet theatre on the road? They tour to different cities often, you know. Now, this brings on a question. Why do ballet companies change their names so much? Can't they just leave it alone once they have it decided the first time? The "London Festival Ballet" sounds completly different from the "Engish National Ballet". Yet, they are indeed the same company. The Joffrey Ballet "of Chicago" or "of York"? Why should it matter? It's the "Joffrey Ballet"! I'm sure a lot of people are getting confused at this type of thing.
  12. Hi everyone! It's been such a long time since I've been here! Well, on the Moscow Ballet's production. The Moscow Ballet's Nut is a beautiful one. I would recomend it to anyone who likes to see splendid dancing, and the Nutcracker. The local performers are all instructed beautifuly, and the company regulars are extremely good! The sets and costumes are also very beautiful. I must warn, however, that the Moscow Ballet's production is more of the Russian typicality. Hence, it is being billed as the "Great Russian Nutcracker." The part of Masha (You might know her as Marrie or Clara.) is played by a a corps soloist. There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and there is much more dancing. For us ballet fanatics, that's a good thing. For people who shed away from ballet, it isn't quite their cup of tea. ;) But, this is a wonderful production. Go see it. Tickets aren't expensive for this production. In most cases, it ranges from $18 to $38. [ 08-19-2001: Message edited by: ~A.C~ ]
  13. Victoria: Well, yes, I agree with you on that. But it is only to be polite. But I see what you mean. Mel: Whatever! ;) I have come up with one more: 8. When a performance is over, and bows have finished, the audience should face either the left or right (depending on seat location) and WAIT until those in front have left the row in order to get out.
  14. Edging slowly away from the "Ballet in Fashion" thread, I think we should discuss the way an audience should act in a theatre, in a formal setting. In the past few years, I think that dress has become the statement of position instead of proper behavior in a theatre. We have lost the proper way of acting in a theatre, and it has influenced the way we look at ballet. Here are a few examples: 1. An usher must not look you in the eye, unless it is being friendly. How many times have I been looked in the eye by an usher in a threatening way I cannot count! 2. The audience must be seated quietly during the duration of the performance - even during the overture. I can't stand loud audience members, not to mention those cell phones which should be in an altogether different category. 3. An audience member must clap appropriately at the END of the dance only. It is distracting and unnerving for performers to have to perform to clapping instead of music. 4. At the end of the performance, the audience is immediately to stand up to applause. 5. NO FOOD AND DRINK INSIDE THE THEATRE! And even if it is allowed in the theatre, you shouldn't eat in during the performance! (Unless, you have a medical problem where you must have a drink of water or medication in specified intervals.) 6. You must be polite to the ushers, and give the appropriate "Thank you" when recieving your seat location and program. 7. You must not utter an inappropriate remark to a patron trying to leave the theatre or trying to get to their seat. Just get your stuff out of the way and stand to make room! Anything else that I have forgotten?
  15. I seem to be the only one here who thinks that insisting upon formal attire is...wrong? Personaly, I think that you show your education of the arts by the way you act, and not by what you wear. I go to the ballet wearing slacks (usualy of a khaki style) and a sweater (usualy close-knead velvet black.) and dress shoes. I cannot stand ties or a jacket. I respect the arts like every other patron, but I do not think that what I wear should be any indication of my stature. We go to the ballet to be entertained by a grand art - not to show off our latest tuxedo or dress, and you might as well be comfortable while you are watching. Does anyone else feel this way, or dissagree entirely?
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