Mixed Rep-Aug 17

New York City Ballet Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the New York City Ballet fall season at Lincoln Center from September 23-October 19 are now on sale. I look forward to the Stravinsky and Balanchine Hear the Music and All Balanchine Programs. The first features Apollo, Duo Concertant, and Agon while the second presents Donizetti Variations and Firebird.

Which seats are the best value at Koch Theater? Row R Orchestra side seats are the best. The seats are at the front of the rear Orchestra section and are raised above the main Orchestra seats. No worries about a basketball player sitting in front of you and the seats offer a nice sweeping view of the stage. At $59, these seats are great. As an added bonus, Artistic Director Peter Martins sometimes pops in to watch the action in row R on the left-hand side facing the stage. If the seats are good enough for Peter Martins, they’re good enough for me.

Pricing for some of the seats is strange. For example, seat O-11 in the Orchestra sells for $134 while the next seat to the side, O-13, goes for $59. Sitting one seat to the side saves $75.

Jacques d’Amboise Interview

Fox 5 News has a nice interview with former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jacques d’Amboise on his great career and his National Dance Institute. The reporter, Aurthur Chi’en, was a former participant in NDI as a student. At the end of the interview, Jacques says that dance took a toll on his body, with artificial knees, broken toes, and pain in his arms that makes it difficult for him to lift his arms. Aurthur asks if he has any regrets. Jacques responds “NO!, NO! These are badges of honor. I kind of love it!”