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  1. Hmmmmmm.... I was thinking of buying a "ticket" to the Ashton program (program 1), but it says "Sold Out". How can a streamed digital program sell out? It also says that the program is available for a "period of time". Anyone know for how long that is?
  2. Some time ago I emailed the Met asking about Met on Demand quality sound. They said, it is stereo. They said they realize it's not the best, but that they were working on finding a way to go from stereo to 5.1. No dates given. I suppose I should try listening with headphones which are, of course, designed for stereo. But what I want (one can always wish 😉) is a more cinematic feel and experience. In addition, one's expectations are likely very different depending on whether one is watching on a tablet, a phone, or other small screen, verses a 75" high quality TV screen with surround sound. When one is watching a big screen from several feet away, the stereo sound from frontal-only speakers sounds very uni-directional and artificial (kind of like miked singers do) compared to the multi-dimensional feeling of speakers in front and behind you. I imagine stereo coming from "way up there behind the screen" wouldn't sound too great either at a cinema during a Met Live in HD streaming performance. Heck, these cinema's often use dozens of speakers with dozens of audio channels to achieve a life-like experience.
  3. I've looked for the answer to this question.......maybe I missed it. As a subscriber to this digital season, will I be able to view the program as many times as I like during the 5 day period or just once? I have a concern too....not enough of a concern to not be very excited indeed to see some ballet (even this way), but I've been very disappointed with the sound quality of the Met Opera digital streams. The Met video is great, but there is no 5.1 sound. It comes in as stereo, and not very good stereo at that. Clearly they have 5.1 and better sound since that is what is piped in to cinemas for Met Live, but for whatever reason (bandwidth?) they don't stream it. I have a good surround sound system and watching the recent Met Joyce DiDonato concert was disappointing to me for this reason. For me, sound quality is vital when it comes to opera streaming, but thankfully it is only a "nice to have" for ballet. In ballet, the visual outweighs the audio for me. Suddenly, another question pops into my head. Will these PNB digital performances have a live orchestra or recorded music? I've gotta think recorded.
  4. And I've already purchased tickets to every lecture and performance that Giselle weekend. More tax deductable contributions I guess 😦. P.S. I too will take a Giselle over a Coppelia any day of the week!
  5. I am SO bummed out! I looked forward to this program more than any other this season. I have also already purchased tickets for 3 performances.....c'est la vie.
  6. There are many, many things to admire about Ben that's for sure, but what comes to my mind is his never failing commitment to excellence.
  7. Ouch.....I hadn't heard this ☹️. For me, the "Alan unforgettable moment" was his playing of Chopin in Robbin's "Dances at a Gathering".
  8. Could injuries have something to do with this? (I've always greatly admired Margaret's impeccable technique, energy, and sheer commitment she brings to the stage. I will miss this fireball!)
  9. I agree with seattle_dancer....in fact more so. IMO, Plot Point is not to be missed. True, it is not exactly ballet, but only ballet dancers are capable of doing it. For me, it is one of the most mind-boggling performance works I've ever seen.
  10. Cool. I'm going to all of it! Just bought my tickets for 4/16, 4/17, 4/18mat performances too. It's going to take me 6 months to get the Giselle ear/eye worms out of my head......I'll just consider them a special form of Wilis 😉. I guess there are worse ways to die. How exciting!
  11. I watched this rehearsal video last night. What a treat! So well done like everything Lindsay Thomas does (I assume it is her video). Focusing was a problem, but that is to be expected in an ad hoc situation like this. Thanks PNB for getting me "in the studio". BTW, does anyone know which part Francia did in the original cast?
  12. I loved this rep. I saw all 3 performances on the 1st weekend. Strangely, my favorite was different at each performance: Bacchus on Friday night, The Trees on Sat afternoon, and Kings on Sat night. I'm sure part of that is where you sit. I sat in the front row for The Trees when it became my favorite, and I sat in the Dress Circle when Kings was my favorite. I really, really do think that The Trees should be seen from close rather than from far. Most of all I was just in awe of how fabulous our PNB dancers are. Is there anything they can't do.....and do superbly? All seemed to be having the time of their lives....just plain having fun. They work so well together as a team. If I had to pick a stand out from all the many, many terrific performances, it would have to be Elle Macy in Kings (Merchant right behind in Trees). That Elle Macy floors me these days is no surprise....she's been the apple of my eye for a couple of seasons now 😏
  13. Agon has been my favorite ballet for many years. So glad to be able to see it again. Last time they did it, Leslie Rausch just blew me away. Somehow her impressive musicality even extended to these essentially impossible to count rhythms.......Stravinsky must sit on her shoulder. I get all excited when I think of our "even-more-accomplished-and-polished-dancers-since-last-time" doing it. For example, imagining Elle Macy in Agon makes me swoon.
  14. Dreamer, I've been a huge fan of Leslie's for many years (ever since she first caught my eye in the back of the corps....to use your words: "I don’t think you can look at anyone else when she is on stage.") Your entire description of Leslie and her artistry above is so well put, it even brought some moisture to my eyes.
  15. My local arts theater (medium sized town) is showing La Bayadere this Sunday (along with 5 other ROH ballets this season).
  16. I am thrilled that my local "art" cinema finally posted its dates for the ROH season. This theater doesn't do them on the "official" dates, but does them later and always on Sundays late mornings (which works really well for me). Here's a few they posted: - Kenneth MacMillan: Mayerling - at Pickford 11/18/18 @ 11:00am - La Bayadère (production by Natalia Makarova) - at Pickford 12/30/18 @ 11:00am - Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades - at Pickford 3/3/19 @ 11:00am - MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet - at Pickford 7/21/19 @ 11:00am No Nutcracker or Die Walküre though .
  17. I can hardly believe it, but my local theater in a small town (Anacortes with 17,000 people) in the very NW corner of the USA is showing it, but not until November 24th.
  18. All is well....... FPF called it. I searched the web and found a name, and after a couple of calls, tracked down the guy who represents the Royal screening effort here in America. I just got off the phone with him. He assured me that the Royal will be doing both opera and ballet screening for the 2018/2019 season. I was worried that with the Mayerling live screening scheduled in just 2 weeks, it was too late for the Royal to get it together. He pointed out that the Royal makes no effort in the USA to schedule its screenings near the live date. Indeed, they are usually 6 to 12 weeks out. He said they were very close to announcing the USA program. So stay tuned! We had quite a conversation. There was good news and some not so good news. The good news is that the Royal is committed to continue screening in the USA. The bad news is that there is a lot of debate within that part of the company as to how much effort and resources should be expended in the USA. He didn't say it exactly, but I'm sure it's about butts in the seats. He did say that the company is analyzing what titles play best in the USA. I asked that please, please, please don't do just Sleeping Beauties, and that the ballet art form needs to support lesser known pieces to keep the art alive and vibrant. He totally agreed, and assured me that the Royal will never abandon screenings of new and unusual pieces. I asked about the complaint I hear here on Ballet Alert a lot; namely, why don't they do a better job of "getting the word out". He admitted there is much to improve on that front, and that they (or at least he) are working on it. He felt the websites are not easy to use, and that there is no consistency in the screening dates so launching a media blitz is impossible because the screening date can be months apart in different locations around the USA. Finally, one little tid-bit. He said for the Royal they get better attendance at the ballet screenings than at the opera screenings. I found that pleasing since I am first and foremost a ballet fan. But I do go to lots of opera screenings too (probably more than ballet since opera more available in my area), and I find larger audiences for opera than ballet. He thought the reason ballet out performed opera for the Royal was the competition from the Met Opera screenings which dominate the market. [later edit......BTW, this guy lives and works in New York]
  19. Say it isn't so! I can only find these broadcasts in 1 theater in the whole of the USA (NYC of course). If I can't see Steven McRae in Mayerling I'll going to kill. Is this some sort of British punishment for our crassness in electing a fool as President??
  20. OMG.....my dream girl! If there are 2 things I love above all else (except my wife, of course) they are: ballet and backpacking. (Well, I guess I have to add skiing to the list too.) I love mountain hiking so much I once took 5 months and backpacked 1000 miles without stopping except to re-supply. Not only is Leah gorgeous, and an innovative dancer overflowing with musicality, but she loves to hike!
  21. I saw the RB's new Swan Lake in a local cinema a few weeks ago. I must admit I had mixed reactions (but then I have never seen the Dowell production). On this we totally agree.
  22. I couldn't agree more......especially the "the musicality of her phrasing" part. Leslie isn't just a dancer, but an artist.
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