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As a very new member, I have been really struck by the number of people who post that they enjoy ballet or ballet scores, but have never actually seen a live on-stage performance.

Why is that? Is it that no live performances ever take place in the region where they live? Is it that they fear that, although they enjoy dipping into and out of DVDs or CDs, sitting through two or three hours virtually uninterrupted might be too much? Does ballet have such an effete image that men, in particular, are deterred from going (it's certainly true that, whenever I go, men are a small minority of the audience)? Or is there some other explanation?
 

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Not even in the cinema?
I though the R.O.H did HD transmission also?
Well yes, there are some shown in the cinemas, but compared to the number of operas, that are shown it's nothing. At least that's the case in Germany .... important theatres seem to focus on operas here. I love opera as well but you shouldn't let balletts 'disappear' :)
 

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Checking Fathom Events, which is the company that shows these HD broadcasts in cinemas where I live, we get 1-2 different ballets every month starting in Oct. Plus at least one opera.

In Oct, Tristan and Don Giovanni.

And the Bolshoi Ballet.

And THE SHINING.

Who needs new movies when you have ballet, opera, and Kubrik?
 

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Checking Fathom Events, which is the company that shows these HD broadcasts in cinemas where I live, we get 1-2 different ballets every month starting in Oct. Plus at least one opera.

In Oct, Tristan and Don Giovanni.

And the Bolshoi Ballet.

And THE SHINING.

Who needs new movies when you have ballet, opera, and Kubrik?
And a bit of good food, from time to time then it's suits me also.
 

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As a very new member, I have been really struck by the number of people who post that they enjoy ballet or ballet scores, but have never actually seen a live on-stage performance.

Why is that? Is it that no live performances ever take place in the region where they live? Is it that they fear that, although they enjoy dipping into and out of DVDs or CDs, sitting through two or three hours virtually uninterrupted might be too much? Does ballet have such an effete image that men, in particular, are deterred from going (it's certainly true that, whenever I go, men are a small minority of the audience)? Or is there some other explanation?
My mistake (as a straight male) was not realizing at a younger age how good my pick-up chances were at the ballet. :p

Seriously, I discovered the ballet about 10 years ago, and go frequently. I am fortunate to live in NYC which gives me ready access to the NYCB (where I have a subscription) and ABT plus many other companies.

And yes, if I am watching an evening performance of three short ballets, sometimes I lose focus by the third. But a DVD is not a true substitute for attendance in person. First, only a very small portion of e.g. Balanchine's work is preserved on video. And the camera changes the ballet. I want to choose what I look at on stage. When Balanchine participated in the Dance in America series in the 1970's he adjusted the dancing for the camera, so that is an exception. I don't know how often that is the case.
 

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My mistake (as a straight male) was not realizing at a younger age how good my pick-up chances were at the ballet. :p

Seriously, I discovered the ballet about 10 years ago, and go frequently. I am fortunate to live in NYC which gives me ready access to the NYCB (where I have a subscription) and ABT plus many other companies.

And yes, if I am watching an evening performance of three short ballets, sometimes I lose focus by the third. But a DVD is not a true substitute for attendance in person. First, only a very small portion of e.g. Balanchine's work is preserved on video. And the camera changes the ballet. I want to choose what I look at on stage. When Balanchine participated in the Dance in America series in the 1970's he adjusted the dancing for the camera, so that is an exception. I don't know how often that is the case.
I am puzzled about that remark, doe it make a difference?
 

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Anyone who has a problem with going to the ballet because they might be perceived as being effeminate, really has a problem. I once knew a fellow who would not wear pink or purple shirts because it "gave the wrong message". I think anyone should go to the ballet, if they think they would enjoy it.
 
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Anyone who has a problem with going to the ballet because they might be perceived as being effeminate, really has a problem. I once knew a fellow who would not wear pink or purple shirts because it "gave the wrong message". I think anyone should go to the ballet, if they think they would enjoy it.
Double like, 2016 and still judgemental, ridiculous .
 

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So you easily could have left that phrase out.:tiphat:
Re-reading my comment, no I could not have left it out, as it would have left the sentence ambiguous as to who my pick-up targets were.

Explaining a joke is always painful, but I was responding to OP's question about the fear of appearing effete, and my point to straight guys was that they should overcome their supposed fear, and take advantage of a great opportunity.
 
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