How was your experience?
I love the Wiltern, but it is not appropriate for a ballet. The flat, non-stadium seating ensured that only those who had front rows of sections or the back elevated chairs could see the stage easily. The first half of the show was completely obscured. We stood up in the back (with a lot of other people) to watch the second half. The ballet itself was a watered-down nutcracker and the dancing was O.K., but not the skill-level and precision one might think of a company from Moscow. The most annoying thing was that the theater allowed popcorn, plastic-wrapped foods, and camera phones in the theater. So we were competing to hear the classical music while the people around us digging into the popcorn and then chewing with their mouths open or rustling with plastic bags of candies. To top it off, some held up their camera phones much or even most of the show… not apparently realizing that doing so is annoying to everyone behind them. All-in-all, it seemed like a cross between a night at a bargain movie theater and an elementary school recital. So, I don't know who to blame, the performances that didn't command attention, the audience that didn't mind their manners, or the theater that didn't care about either one.