This should be interesting after the major ruckus over Scottish Ballet's auctioning off a dinner with a dancer. ABT is taking it quite a few steps farther.... I guess any way to bring in money in this economic downturn is good (well, almost any), but at what point is it going to far?
Is having a guest stage manager disrupting to the dancers/staff? Do $100 minimum bids, with a high chance of some going much higher, limit this to those with cash to burn and make it inaccessible to the average ballet fan? And what is the obsession with smelly old pointe shoes (there are oodles of them sitting/decomposing in dark corners of rehearsal studios)?
I hope it does go well and it's well thought out to avoid uncomfortable situations for winners/dancers/staff etc.
POINTE, CLICK & BID for BALLET
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE LAUNCHES
HOLIDAY AUCTION SITE
to Offer One-of-a-Kind ABT Experiences
American Ballet Theatre will launch a limited-time holiday gift
auction site enabling the public to bid on rare one-of-a-kind ABT
experiences and unique gifts. Items offered for auction include exclusive
dinners with ABT dancers in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City,
limited-edition photographs of ABT, and backstage opportunities ranging from
a guest stage managing position to an onstage walk-on role during an ABT
performance. Other items include signed pointe shoes from ABT Principal
Dancers and studio rehearsal visits in New York and London.
This special auction, which opens 8:00A.M. Monday, December 1,
2008 and closes 8:00P.M. Monday, December 15, 2008, offers users the option
to bid on items (minimums apply) or to ³buy now² at a posted price. Opening
bids begin as low as $100.
Proceeds from POINTE, CLICK & BID for BALLET will benefit
American Ballet Theatre. For bidding, please visit ABT¹s auction website at
. For more information, please contact Brie Wilson at
212-477-3030, ext. 3239.