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October 23, 2012


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Hi Haglund,

Personally, I think this is great news. I stopped attending ABT's fall season a couple of years ago because I really do not like City Center as a dance venue at all. I know they've remodeled it, but the stage is too small, it's hard to find reasonably priced good seats, etc. The move to the Koch Theater will allow the company to perform more diverse works during the fall season. Maybe, as you say, this will lead to ticket gouging. I don't know. Nonetheless, I welcome the move.

Thanks for keeping your fans up-to-date on the NYC dance scene!

Hi B.

I totally agree with you that the Koch Theater is a better dance venue than City Center, but no one should expect ABT to extend the same kind of user-friendly prices that NYCB now offers, e.g. $29 seats, Society NYCB $17 seats. The differences in prices should be brought up at every opportunity.

Not all the reasons for the move have a lot of substance to them, such as being able to mount works like Bach Partita that are too small for the Met. Bach Partita, really? But Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes isn't too small for the Met? Simkin's Les Bourgeois solo isn't too small? Thais PdD isn't too small?

We'll just have to wait and see how much of the repertory ABT really dusts off and brings back. It would be a happy surprise to once again see Bruch Violin Concerto (which looks great on the Met stage),Echoing of Trumpets, Clear, and other forgotten pieces, but I won't hold my breath.

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