NYCB hasn’t done enough to reduce its own costs, and the cost
to SPAC isn’t adequately covered by corporate sponsors or individual patrons.
SPAC is spending about $2 million to bring the ballet to Saratoga, losing about
$1.1 million in the process. That’s an expense SPAC cannot afford to sustain.
I do. You should, too.
The classical arts at SPAC are integral to the prestige and
cachet of the entire Saratoga region. They help set SPAC apart from venues on the
rock concert circuit.
SPAC’s leaders say they’ve been beating the bushes for
sponsors. And they’ve certainly being trying to promote a night at SPAC to
appeal to singles, couples and families.
I don’t know a tutu from a three-three. But I know enough to
go see world-class dance and music when they come to SPAC. I sit on the lawn
more often than in the amphitheater, and there is no better buy for twenty-two
bucks ($15 for matinees). I can attest from my times inside that the experience
is richer in the closer, semi-enclosed seats. In the theater or under the stars,
the only mistake people make is not going, at least once – and bringing kids
along (under 12 are free on the lawn; older students are just $10.)
My calendar is already marked for this year’s season, which
starts Tuesday. Among the performances I hope to see is the Romeo + Juliet by
Peter Martins. Hope to see you there.
Labels: New York City Ballet, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, SPAC