Originally posted by ksneds:
[QB]As I said, standing ovations are a rarity in New York. The few at NYCB were well deserved, though some at ABT were a bit questionable....[QB]
I must ask what venues you attend, as I often find myself a lone dissenter in most "Standing O's." I attend dance, theatre, and concert events in New York several times a week and rarely have any view of the stage once curtain calls begin. In fact a young (26) neighbor told me that a production at our neighborhood Brooklyn Academy of Music was not worth my time because "it didn't even get a standing ovation." It was a provocative, though not a popular piece that I was glad to see.
I like to think NYCB audiences are more discriminating. I was one of many who long followed the practice of booking seats for the last performance of each season, when Mr. B could often be persuaded to appear for a richly deserved standing ovation. I was also among the group that stood and cheered at the retirements of Patricia MacBride and Suzanne Farrell (at least Peter gave her a gracious farewell) and will show up in June for Jock Soto and Peter Boal. And absotively posolutely for Kyra whenever she hangs up the pointe shoes. Suzanne set the mark at 18 minutes....
Still and all, does Ashley Bouder, highly touted by scores of NYCB fans, feel unappreciated because she failed to get an SO? I hope not. If audiences offer acclaim on the cheap, they'll wind up with cheap performances.