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  1. A rehearsal of Liam Scarlett's forthcoming ballet Symphonic Dances will be livestreamed today by the Royal Ballet, starting at 7:15 pm BST; that's 2:15 pm Eastern, 11:15 am Pacific. If you're unable to watch live, the ROH techs are great at putting up an archived video almost as soon as the live event has ended. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-rehearsals-for-the-royal-ballets-symphonic-dances
  2. I'll revive an old topic. Opening night of John Neumeier's Death in Venice at the Chatelet in Paris, ca. 2008. Lloyd Riggins as Aschenbach was wearing a pair of pants that began to split apart at the back. Honestly, I don't know how long the agony lasted--15 minutes, 20 minutes, maybe longer--but since his character didn't leave the stage, he was forced to continue dancing with his backside exposed. Naturally the audience spent the entire time in a state of heightened anxiety about what would happen next, and those split pants overshadowed everything else. It wasn't until a scene during which his character is gussied up and given a new set of clothes--on stage, of course--that everyone finally breathed a sigh of relief. I didn't actually see the next two incidents for myself, but they were described to me in great detail by people who saw them from the wings, so I hope you'll indulge me. Galina Stepanenko was dancing Nikiya at the Bolshoi, and the ribbons of her pointe shoes began to come undone during the scarf variation. By the time she finished the last pirouette in arabesque, the ribbons had flown apart completely. Everyone's heart stopped as they wondered how she could possibly finish the variation, since it involves lots of releves and fifth positions, but apparently she did it without a hitch, at which point the audience errupted in deafening cheers. Incidentally, in the latter stages of her career, Stepanenko didn't use ribbons at all. Another Bolshoi incident involved Sergei Filin in Don Quixote during the grand pas de deux. A straight pin had been forgotten in the underskirt of his partner's tutu, and as he lowered her from a lift, a thin streak of blood appeared along the side of his nose, narrowly missing his eye. Eerily prophetic.
  3. Incidentally, Davit Karapetyan is scheduled to perform at the Dance Open gala in St. Petersburg on April 24, presumably opposite Maria Kochetkova or Yuan Yuan Tan. http://www.danceopen.com/en/2017-en/stars-2017
  4. Unfortunately, how Onegin is cast isn't Tomasson's decision to make, and Feijoo wouldn't be the first illustrious ballerina to be denied by the Cranky Boys. R&J is another matter, of course.
  5. A performance of the Rambert company performing Mark Baldwin's staging of Haydn's The Creation, here sung in English translation, is available for viewing on demand until 15 October. The production was mounted in 2016 to mark the company's 90th anniversary. http://www.theoperaplatform.eu/en/opera/haydn-creation
  6. To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa has commissioned three Canadian choreographers to create ballets to scores commissioned from three Canadian composers. The results will be presented in a program titled Encount3rs / Rencontr3s on April 20-22. Here's what's listed in the program notes. http://naccnaca-eventfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/13831/encounter_hp_final_web.pdf Caelestis choreography: Jean Grand-Maître music: Andrew Staniland Alberta Ballet Leiland Charles, Jennifer Gibson, Garrett Groat, Hayna Gutierrez, Mariko Kondo, Alan Ma, Kelley McKinlay, Reilley McKinlay, Nicholas Pelletier, Luna Sasaki Keep Driving, I'm Dreaming choreography: Emily Molnar music: Nicole Lizée Ballet BC Brandon Alley, Andrew Bartee, Emily Chessa, Alexis Fletcher, Scott Fowler, Gilbert Small, Christoph von Riedemann, Kirsten Wicklund Dark Angels choreography: Guillaume Côté music: Kevin Lau National Ballet of Canada Skylar Campbell, Greta Hodgkinson, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Svetlana Lunkina, Evan McKie, Félix Paquet, Sonia Rodriguez, Dylan Tedaldi, Xiao Nan Yu https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/13831
  7. One more pay-per-view webstream from the Vienna State Ballet remains this season--Swan Lake on June 12--but next season's streams have been announced. Thursday, September 28 - Giselle http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/491/giselle-2017-09-28/#tab_0 Saturday, January 6 - Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/511/der-nussknacker-2018-01-06/#tab_0 Thursday, February 1 - Edward Klug's Peer Gynt http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/515/peer-gynt-2018-02-01/#tab_0 Tuesday, March 13 - Raymonda http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/519/raymonda-2018-03-13/#tab_0
  8. A couple of behind-the-scenes videos about Jewels
  9. A film of Alonzo King's Biophony and Sand.
  10. Oh yes, the Stanton Welch Bayadère is horrendous.
  11. If it's any consolation, the Ballet du Rhin pops up on Culturebox from time to time. Perhaps you'll still be able to watch Rogers on film. Granted, I don't know exactly what sort of future awaits that company now that AD Ivan Cavallari is taking over in Montreal. Hopefully the telecasts from Alsace will continue.
  12. From what I remember of London Festival Ballet's revival of the Ashton version, the ballet was clearly tailored to the skills of Danish dancers. It's a little peculiar for this very reason, but I would submit that unless the Joffrey dancers were adept at Bournonville technique (and I really couldn't say), they shouldn't attempt the Ashton. I would also be inclined to vote for a return of the Cranko version, since it is tied to the company's history. (Ditto for the National Ballet of Canada.) But I would be grateful for any attempt to bring back the Tudor.
  13. All of the transmissions will be new performances and broadcast live in Europe, even though some of the ballets, namely Alice and Nutcracker, will be filmed for the umpteenth time. I hope the company will at least field new casts. The Bernstein triple bill and the new Swan Lake will be shown for the first time, but everything else has been filmed at least once before.
  14. Never a dancer, actor, singer or instrumentalist, even though I have been sorely tempted a few times. I believe that no one gives a bad performance deliberately, and I respect the great risk each one of them takes by stepping out on stage. If I've really hated a performance, I'll just sit on my hands. However, choreographers, directors and designers are fair game, and also conductors, if they've made life miserable for the performers and/or butchered the score. Booing is quite common at opera performances these days, and indeed I've seen instances when the booing started as soon as the curtain came down, the singers were cheered when they took their bows, and then the director and/or conductor were booed and hissed lustily when they emerged. I think it's a legitimate practice. I remember the late Lorin Maazel writing about contemporary opera productions--and railing against them---but arguing that walking out and lodging a written complaint with the opera company, preferably on public-facing social media, was a better option than booing. (Followed by a refusal to buy any more tickets to the production, and encouraging friends to skip it, too.) However, I can imagine a situation in which someone would wish to stay because the diva is singing beautifully, but the production is simultaneously horrendous, and then booing the guilty parties would be an option. But no, an artistic director or intendant has no business telling audiences how they ought to respond.
  15. Let's hope for better North American distribution. http://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas 23 October 2017 Wheeldon/Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 5 December 2017 Wright/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker 28 February 2018 Wheeldon/Talbot: The Winter's Tale 27 March 2018 new McGregor/The Age of Anxiety/new Wheeldon all-Bernstein program 3 Mary 2018 MacMillan/Massenet: Manon 12 June 2018 Petipa, Ivanov (Scarlett)/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (new production)