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  1. Mariinsky in London 2017

    Yes, the 2017-18 season announcement states explicitly (in Russian) that it is the "transfer of Alexei Ratmansky's production at the National Ballet of Canada (Toronto, 2011)" and includes a couple of quotes from reviews in Canadian papers. p. 19 http://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/101/10149b16ff60c2403a87f9acf04bd93c.pdf Canadian critics and Alastair Macaulay reviewed it positively, but British critics gave it the thumbs down when the ballet was performed in London. Toronto audiences are similarly divided. I know people who like it, but also others who swear they will never go see it again.
  2. World Ballet Day Live - 5 October 2017

    That's true. YouTube suggests up to 40 other videos to watch, and I don't take up the suggestions all that often, but I've made some really splendid discoveries through those links. I don't know how last year's live-on-Facebook numbers compared with previous years' live-on-YouTube numbers. Supposedly more people were "engaged," although I don't know how long the average viewing was. There were far more "on-demand" (i.e., YouTube) views than live views. I do recall that some people encountered streaming difficulties with the Facebook feeds. I would be curious to know how many on-demand views the Bolshoi's segment received after it was moved to a different site and behind a password. The Bolshoi's video site doesn't indicate how many times a video has been watched. I do know that the ballet class from Royal Ballet Live, the precursor of World Ballet Live, has been "viewed" on YouTube more than 3 million times, which is rather the point of doing these sorts of broadcasts. I think it's a safe bet that nothing on the Bolshoi's resource has been watched nearly as often. From the point of view of outreach or promotion, the Bolshoi's position counterproductive, but that's politics. Probably copyright, too. YouTube videos are easy enough to download. The Bolshoi hasn't shut down its YouTube channel. It's just the marquee streams that have become a lot less accessible. As for 2017, it will be interesting to see what the National Ballet of Canada will do, since the company will be on tour in Paris on October 5. It has broadcast its segment on tour before, but this time it will be way outside its usual time zone. Instead of a continual relay around the world, there will be more of a zigzag across Europe. I think it could be fascinating to show a "countdown" to a performance rather than repeating the morning class+rehearsals format five times over, although I don't know how happy the dancers would be to have a camera roaming through the dressing rooms as they apply their makeup. I have a feeling the company will be ordering longer pre-recorded segments from its "guest" companies on the Eastern seaboard.
  3. World Ballet Day Live - 5 October 2017

    Last year the event was streamed live on Facebook and on http://worldballetday.com rather than on YouTube. Later four of the companies posted archived versions on YouTube for viewing on demand, except for the Bolshoi, which posted its segment on its own video resource, which is cumbersome, requires logging in and where no one could possibly stumble upon it by accident. But it's Russian.
  4. NEA Study Finds a Drop in Arts Attendance

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  5. NEA Study Finds a Drop in Arts Attendance

    This is not even remotely scientific, but some 60 "nonprofit arts organizations in North America" sent out an online questionnaire for a "Ticket Buyer Digital Usage Study," presumably to determine how best to advertise to target audiences. When I finished, some of the results popped up. The first chart indicates what percentage of respondents attended which types of performing arts events. I have no idea exactly which arts organizations are involved, but I received a link to the survey from a ballet company. https://dashboard.intrinsicimpact.org/public/results/63960c9de2d848cbc8348097 I was a little disappointed that the "live in HD" category included "opera or theater" broadcasts, but not ballet; I happen to attend more "HD" ballets than operas or plays. Still, it's some sort of insight into the habits of the people known to buy tickets to performances.
  6. Few details so far, but the usual suspects--Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet--will be streaming on Thursday, October 5, 2017. As a year ago, World Ballet Day will be streamed on Facebook. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/world-ballet-day-5-october-2017
  7. Why So LIttle Massine?

    And not just the website.
  8. Why So LIttle Massine?

    It turns out Boston Ballet did it just last year. Supposedly these bits are credited to Massine, though the grand pas de deux looks very much "after Ivanov." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f64djiQg51M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5454pJunOHw Mam'zelle Angot has been performed by the Royal Ballet as recently as 1980. Has a revival of Choreartium ever been attempted in the United States?
  9. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    The interview itself is behind a paywall, but Russian media are reporting that Serebrennikov has told Süddeutsche Zeitung that the Bolshoi may be aiming to premiere Nureyev on December 9-10 of this year. He received a call from Vladimir Urin to that effect. What mostly caught the media's attention, though, is that Serebrennikov also said that although he is considered a witness and not a suspect in the case against the Gogol Center, his passport has been confiscated, and therefore he may not be able to stage a forthcoming production of Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel in Stuttgart as planned. https://tvrain.ru/news/serebrennikov-441533/
  10. Why So LIttle Massine?

    The Paris Opera Ballet has performed Le Tricorne with some regularity, though not since 2009. On YouTube I've run across video of the Farruca performed by Patrick Dupond, Kader Belarbi and José Martinez. Apart from some of the work he did in films, the POB's Tricorne, with Belarbi and Françoise Legrée, is one of the few Massine ballets readily available on video (with sound); I remember that the Hollywood version of The Gay Parisian was included in a DVD set of The Maltese Falcon, and Spanish Fiesta was included in a DVD of In This Our Life. The POB has also performed Symphonie Fantastique (1997), Les Présages (1989) and Parade (1979). In 2005 when Alexei Ratmansky was director of the Bolshoi the company staged a Massine bill that included Le Tricorne, Les Pésages and Gaîté Parisienne. At the gala the Bolshoi staged at Ratmansky's departure, the Farruca from Le Tricorne was danced by Ruslan Skvortsov. But I don't think the Bolshoi has performed any Massine since. The Joffrey Ballet last performed Parade, such a notable revival in 1973, in 2003 and Les Présages in 2007. Were any other Massine works in the Joffrey repertoire? I wonder whether it would even be possible to revive any other Massine balets, given that he died 38 years ago, and most of his ballets had fallen out of the repertoire long before that.
  11. 2nd Canada All-Star Ballet Gala Oct 28

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  12. That's true. The National Theatre in particular tends not to announce its broadcast schedule way in advance.
  13. Joy Womack

    Ruinous, I think. The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet began "opening their doors" to foreigners because they were forced to do it by EEC labor market rules. Previously the Royal Ballet had been a Commonwealth-only club, and graduates of the Royal Ballet School who didn't have citizenship of a Commonwealth country were forced to seek employment elsewhere. A lot of them, including Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun, John Neumeier and Jiří Kylián, went to Stuttgart. There almost seems to have been an arrangement in this regard. Neumeier has said it was Ninette de Valois who arranged a job for him in Stuttgart. (Apparently she also arranged a job for him with New York City Ballet, only neglected to tell him. Neumeier has speculated about how differently his career might have turned out if he'd gone to work for Balanchine rather than Cranko.) The first "foreign" RBS graduate the Royal Ballet retained was Alessandra Ferri in 1980. Sometime early in her career, before she moved to ABT, the long-defunct Ballet News published a brief interview with her in which she explained all the details. Anyone with a stack of the magazines from 1982 or 1983 could find it. If the Royal Ballet had stuck to hiring graduates of its school, that would have been one thing. But soon enough it began hiring dancers with no connection to the school or the Ashton repertoire, until they dominated the principal ranks, and a lot of people really began to worry about the survival of the company's style. At the Royal Danish Ballet the situation was considered at least as bad, and Lis Jeppesen, for example, sounded the alarm in the English-language dance press. At the Paris Opera Ballet this process has been slower because the company hires dancers at the quadrille rank, and from there they have to work their way up the system through the promotion exams, which is a lengthy process, and dancers can never be certain that they won't be injured during the exam and won't be forced to wait an entire year for their next attempt. The upshot is that any dancers coming from the outside would have to do it early in their careers, presumably while they're still young enough to adapt to the company style, because it's a long climb to the top. It has been done, notably by Ludmila Pagliero. If I understand correctly, anyone can be hired as an étoile, but this hasn't been done for a long time, and to do it at this point would be terrible for company morale. POB dancers have some faith in the fairness of the system, and when Benjamin Millepied wanted to get rid of it, they blocked him.
  14. I don't think there is any one site. However, only two companies are active in the cinema screening market in the United States. The Bolshoi has the widest distribution, and you can find information on its screenings here: http://www.bolshoiballetincinema.com The Royal Opera House has a "screening search" feature on its site, but it's not reliable, so you would have to double check the listings. These screenings are rarely "same-day" in the U.S.: https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas Sadly, the Paris Opera Ballet will be doing only one live cinemacast next season, a Pite/Perez/Shechter bill in March, and while POB screenings do pop up from time to time in the U.S., I don't know of a reliable way of finding them. Perahps someone else does. Social media accounts are an option for keeping track, although in the case of the Royal Ballet you may have better luck by following the feeds of the local cinema carrying the broadcasts.
  15. Joy Womack

    Yes. Thank you for putting it so persuasively.
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