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Bruce Madmin

29-08-00, 07:49 AM (GMT)
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"Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
 
   This weeks Mini-poll was suggested by Jane Simpson. Use this thread for any thoughts about where it's best to sit. Later I will add the results in.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) trog woolley 29-08-00 1
     RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Wendy Glavis 29-08-00 2
     RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Bruce Madmin 29-08-00 3
         RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Stuart Sweeney 30-08-00 4
             RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Ann Welsh 30-08-00 5
  RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Craig Sharland 06-09-00 6
     RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) eugene merrett 07-09-00 7
         RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000) Ann Williams 07-09-00 8

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trog woolley

29-08-00, 01:41 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   I reckon the front row of the stalls is the only place to view
ballet from (especially at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
Rep or the Lowry). I like to be close enough to see the dancers
faces in detail, after all they are very attractive people.

Call me a thicko but what is "Close to" ?


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Wendy Glavis

29-08-00, 03:44 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   I agree, Trog. The front row is best, though you do have to know your theatres to ensure you'll be able to see the dancers' feet. A seat at the side of the front row sometimes gives you interesting glimpses into the wings. And, should parts of the evening get boring, you can always watch members of the orchestra sneak out for a coffee.


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Bruce Madmin

29-08-00, 11:35 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   >I reckon the front row of
>the stalls is the only
>place to view
>ballet from (especially at the Birmingham
>Hippodrome, Birmingham
>Rep or the Lowry). I
>like to be close enough
>to see the dancers
>faces in detail, after all they
>are very attractive people.

Not sure about the first few rows in the stalls at the Lowry - don't you miss seeing dancers feet? Certainly a few rows back you miss the feet but it may be different in the front row.

>
>Call me a thicko but what
>is "Close to" ?

It means anything close to the stage. Front row of stalls would qualify for example. At CG some of the Stalls Circle or Boxes might also qualify


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Stuart Sweeney

30-08-00, 04:37 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   The trouble with the stalls is that you miss so much of the shape of the choreography in the ensemble sections and the closer that you are to the stage the more you miss.

Thus my preference is for the First Circle, despite the greater distance from the dancers. The best place to view dance that I know is the First Circle of The Lowry, which is over row 12 or so in the stalls and allows you to be relatively close to the stage and able to see the choreography fully.


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Ann Welsh

30-08-00, 06:35 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   Front row of the stalls can be a bit hazardous, especially if the music is taped. Being showered in dancers' sweat is not pleasant!


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Craig Sharland

06-09-00, 04:13 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   I hate you all and this site is very, very boring.


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eugene merrett

07-09-00, 09:36 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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   There are horses for courses. For MacMillan ballets like Manon, Les Haamanas etc the stalls are the best because there are no patterns of dance. Being close up gives you the intimacy of the drama whilst loosing little.

For Balanchine I think the first cirlce is the best. At stalls level the intricate patterns etc are lost. I also find that unless you are dead in the middle of the stalls it looks untidy and uncoordinated.

In Edinburgh I certainly perferred by 2nd circle seats for the matinee from the stall seats I had in the evening.


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Ann Williams

07-09-00, 11:03 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Mini-poll on best place to sit (29-Aug-2000)"
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I think you have always got to be above the action in ballet or any other kind of dance,otherwise you get no perspective on the patterns (and there are always patterns, whether it's Balanchine or Macmillan.) In the ROH my preferred seat, therefore, would be bang in the middle of the front row of the Grand Tier.

In reality I usually just stand at the back of the Stalls Circle.


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