>Well no it is immoral. Firstly
>a ticket is an extremely
>expensive item, you may book
>several many can only afford
>one. One deserves to know
>what one is spending money
Yes I book several but in order to see more shows I stand for most of them, sometimes seeing 10 or 12 shows for the price someone may spend on one ticket. I prefer it this way but I still like to know who is dancing even though I may have spent less.
>Secondly, the cast lists are available
>in the written brochure, and
>should be on the site
The casting this season has not all been advertised. In fact the casting I got for period two was a sheet of paper added in the booklet for friends. Not what you would call organised. They web site can't give casting if it has not been announced.
>Thirdly NYCB policy is to place
>rep over performer it is
>there artistic credo. This is
>not the Royal's.
This may be true but perhaps the RB is heading in that direction with the new AD. I believe Dowell used to complain about having to give out casting so far in advance.
>Fourthly, the RB offers exchange tickets
>if a scheduled dancer is
>not performing, so management obviously
>sees this as being a
>valid part of the programming.
Yes you can exchange tickets for shows but I think you will also find that tickets still state that advertised casting may be subject to change. This is an improved aspect of the box office as I don't think they did this in the past. They would resell tickets for you but don't think they exchanged them if a dancer was injured or changed performance dates - I may of course be wrong here.
>One has a right to know
>what one is paying for
>and this includes dancers too.
>Even if one is ambivalent
>about who one sees it
>is an essential part of
>the performance and therefore one
>has a right to know
>about all aspects of the
>performance. At £63 a ticket
>this is a moral obligation
>on the part of the
Yes I agree it is a major part of the performance but also many people book tickets not knowing the cast as dates are more important to them. It actually surprised me in the recent poll on Ballet.co that casting wasn't essential to more people.