Most likely, the last ballet performance you attended you could hear the orchestra, but not see the orchestra’s performance. Traditionally the relationship between the orchestra and the ballet allows the audience to visually focus on the dancers while audibly focusing on the orchestra. Watching BOTH entities perform on the same stage – at the same time – was thought to be too distracting for audiences.
Cleveland Ballet is fortunate to have members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Institute of Music working with the dancers to provide a rich musical component to every performance. Musicians on stage in harmony with the dancers to create a perfect synergy of melodies and movement.
To have musicians and dancers together sharing one stage is breathtaking.