Why do you consistently endorse the communist party? We don't want the ecoonomy of Michigan or any of the other US Soviet states here!!!
We pay 12 cents a kilowatt hour from Progress Energy in Wake County. How does someone run up a $1200 electric bill, even at the 13.6 cents rate???? That's almost 9,000 kilowatt hours, way over any typical home usage. This story is full of too many unexplained holes.
We have attended all the Met HD performances to date. The price is certainly good, the performance is wonderful. You have to get there an hour early to get a good seat. We had a friend who attended the Met the same week he saw the same opera in HD. He said the HD was so much better because he could barely see anything from his Met balcony (Family Circle) seat whereas with HD you can practically see the stitches on the costumes. We have been to both Brier Creek and North Hills and see no difference. In NC people drive from Greenville and Wilmington to Raleigh for the Opera because it's only available in Raleigh (on 4 screens) and Charlotte.
I agree with the previous comment. what a bunch of politically motivated morons.
Yes, my sentiments exactly. This is also the same mentality that causes the mathematically challenged to buy lottery tickets.
Why use gasoline? Natural Gas is very abundant to the point where shale gas producers have to throttle their wells back because they have run out of storage for the stuff after satisfying demand. The future is Natural Gas.
For 2009 it would be great to have a repeat of the gavel to gavel coverage we received this year from the Independent. ADF is probably too stupid to realize the service the Independent is providing. There has been some coverage in years past and also spotty coverage by the Raleigh and Durham daily papers but this year
the Independent seemed to be everywhere for every performance.
Wow. Thank You.
As for actual dance performance, it would be great to get back to full night performances by the major dance companies instead of 10 minute dance fragments. What a disappointment to have a large group like Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, for example, only do one number by the assembled company. What a waste to travel all the way cross country for 15 minutes of dance. Other companies were in similar dire straits. I'm not sure why this was allowed to happen. Finance? Budget? Intellectual property laws?
The International Choreographers night has been notably absent. The International aspect is not important, but the idea of a great choreographer creating a work during the Festival and then having it performed by the better students was a popular concept and we got some pretty good stuff out of it, for example the Shen Wei Terrace composition.
Restoring the local "Acts to Follow" can't be too big a deal. It didn't require anything fancy. In fact, Baldwin Auditorium which
hosted the "Acts" last year isn't even Air Conditioned and yet the local groups came to showcase their talent and audiences showed up to watch it all. It's amazing what can be achieved with minimalism.
Recreations and restorations of previous choreography is very worthwhile as a lesson of where we've been and also as a tribute to those who have come before us.
I'd also like to see ADF become less isolated and reach out more to the community. We have Art Museums, Galleries, Symphony, opera and theater groups all of whom can be drawn into some kind of cooperative effort with ADF.
Long Leaf Opera got Doug Varone and company to perform in the Long Leaf rendition of Orpheus. It's hard to believe but Doug Varone and Company, a dance company, spent more time on stage dancing for an opera in Chapel Hill than they did at the local dance festival in Durham.
Is something wrong here? Is ADF lost? It's time to turn it back into a dance festival.
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