Audience behaviorany especially bad examples recently?
Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:45 PM
Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:58 PM
Posted 26 October 2006 - 06:52 PM
Posted 26 October 2006 - 07:47 PM
Oh dear, it's not fair to make me laugh that loud!
Posted 26 October 2006 - 08:05 PM
Jean: . . . and someone was snoring through the whole thing -- and loudly!!! I could barely keep my focus!
Joe: Well, that was rude! Someone shoulda beaned that boor!
Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:26 PM
Then there are the ubiquitous seat-kickers and ladies marinating themselves in perfume.
Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:42 PM
Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:25 PM
I've done this accidentally -- it's very embarrassing.
Posted 27 October 2006 - 05:18 PM
Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:06 PM
No, it wasn't the hummer, or the seat tapper, or the cellphone multitasker. This is a new one: The 'Artistically-Moved Sigher.' I had the 'honor' of sitting next to a well-groomed, middle-aged lady who spent the entire performance vocally reacting (sigh, ooh, ahhh, etc.) to almost every movement on the stage. If something really moved her, she accompanied her vocal noise with a wild gesticulation of arms/hands, often mimicking a conductor. She emitted some sort of sigh/noise every 10 seconds or so. About 15 minutes into the night's first ballet (Wheeldon's 'Morphoses'), I finally had to whisper something to this lady: "Could you please keep your reactions to yourself?" This made it only worse, as the lady snapped back to me: "When the artistry moves me, I have a right to react!" So I answered forcefully: "Wait until the time for applause." That sort-of shut her up...for this first ballet.
Thank goodness, after intermission, she & her friend switched seats...so I had the lady's friend sitting between us. HOWEVER, the next ballet was "Carmina Burana." You can only imagine how the Orff music moved her, in comparison with the relatively staid Ligeti score of the first work. In other words, she was every bit as loud, to my ears, during "Carmina" as she had been in "Morphoses." What a double-show!
Has anyone else experienced an "Artistically-Moved Sigher" as an audience-neighbor?
Was I too harsh with this "Artistically-Moved" individual? What else could I have done?
p.s. I wish that I could write about the performances on stage but this gal really ruined it for me. It was tough to concentrate on two performances at the same time.
Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:00 PM
Posted 29 March 2007 - 02:07 PM
Somehow, though, Natalia, I doubt that's your style. Plus, these things usually go over the offender's head, not to mention bother even more patrons.
Posted 29 March 2007 - 03:18 PM
However, I do it relatively infrequently, and when I do catch myself, I make a strong attempt to stop it. Clearly, this lady did none of those things.
Certainly you were within your rights to say something, altho saying "I feel I need to tell you that I find your sounds and movements very distracting. I can't enjoy the ballet as I'd like. What should we do?" might have been more effective. OTOH, if she was sitting next to me, I'd probably be so angry that I would not have been able to speak such enlighted sentences either.
Posted 29 March 2007 - 03:26 PM
She is less of a sigher and more of a grunter. "Ehh." "Ooof." "Oh, no." She is also something of a dance critic. "Look at his feet. Look at those feet." To be fair, this trails off into silence after about 5 or so minutes. I've been hesitant to say anything because one of her favorite conversational responses during intermission (spoken to the unrelated person who sits to her right) seems to be "WHATEVER!!!"
These are lynching offences at Bayreuth. But increasingly they are inescapable parts of our modern culture, where so much of our entertainment comes through tv in the privacy of our living rooms. ("I talk to the trees/ but they don't listen to me" has become "I talk to the screen/ and I don't give a damn whether anyone is listening or not.")
Like Sandy, I sometimes have the urge to respond orally to ballet performances -- though it's usually what I imagine to be whispers of delight. A bigger problem is sometimes wanting to move my hands, arms, and legs along with the dancing, and an occasional tendency to bounce up and down. Ever so slightly.
That's why my favorite seat for most performances is an arm chair in a box with no one to my right, and someone who knows and tolerates me very well on my left.
P.S. Thanks, Sandy, for your suggestion of how to respond. I hope I remember it next season if she and I have the same seat assignments.
Posted 29 March 2007 - 05:24 PM
You're not being a curmudgeon. And as you note, it's hard to say anything without being publicly branded as a child-loathing monster.
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