Morris Neighbor wrote:
A final gripe: why does ABT insist on milking applause from its audence? The curtain keeps rising and principals appear before the curtain again and again and again and again, even as audience members head for the door. Herrarra and Coreja brought down the house with the Corsaire PdD, which is to be expected. But why were they sent out for a 5th curtain call when the applause had died down and I, like may others, wanted to beat the line at the bar? Dancers deserve the applause, but it should not last longer than the work they performed!
I think the reason is two-fold: First, two PdDs do not really make a centerpiece for an evening, and I think they know that. (Remember when we used to get three PdD, which, indeed, could pass as a centerpiece?) So, they have to make it last as long as possible by sending the dancers out again and again for applause while you and I and a lot of others are trying to get to the bar. Second, after the first PdD there is a lot going on backstage to get ready for the second PdD - lighting adjustments, floor sweeping, musicians switching their music sheets. So, there is some
excuse for the applause milking there, and, you have to admit, we should not really be trying to make it to the bar between PdDs! But I agree with you, it’s annoying. Remember when most ballet performances lasted until 11-ish? Now we’re lucky if it goes until 10:15 with two long intermissions. How much money does it save them to send the audience home on mixed rep nights feeling like they haven’t really gotten a full evening of dance for their money?