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Canned 'Carmen' generates protesters at ballet
Oct 9, 2004

Pre-'Carmen' concerts planned outside Benedum to protest ballet cuts
Oct 5 2005

 

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, musicians anticipate more talks

Nov 23, 2005

 

Canned 'Carmen' generates protesters at ballet
Oct 9, 2004

Pre-'Carmen' concerts planned outside Benedum to protest ballet cuts
Oct 5 2005

PBT Dancers Show Support
Aug 20, 2005

PSO musicians & respond to PBT
Aug 11, 2005

Pittsburgh Tribune
Aug 4, 2005

Dear Ms. Gleason:

As subscribers to the Ballet, my wife and I attended the Saturday evening performance of Carmen.  The dancers performed magnificently and the sets were inspiring.  Sadly, we left during intermission.  Without live music, the nature and quality of the performance was radically altered.  Im certainly not an expert on dance.  However, it is clear to me that the interaction between music and the dancer is a key component of ballet.  

In short this was an unsatisfactory experience.  I realize the economies of not having a live orchestra.  But in following this line of reasoning to its logical conclusion, do you really need sets or costumes?  And for that matter, taking it to an absurd point, why even have recorded music?  Just think of the savings.  

The interaction between the orchestra and dancers is key to the quality of a performance of ballet.  Until live music is returned I will not attend any performances, renew my subscription or contribute to the Pittsburgh Ballet.

Very truly yours,

Ray De Rise