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  2. The first story links to a report from the RBC agency, which is considered entirely legitimate in Russia. The second is a translation of the first part of that RBC story, although it doesn't go as far as the quote from an anonymous Mariinsky dancer describing the situation.
  3. Thanks for this information, Drew. If something like this had to happen, now was possibly the best time with the theatre closing for a month’s vacation anyway and the Bolshoi not planning to reopen until September. There will be less pressure for folks to return until this is better understood. There’s a very active discussion of this at the Balletfriends Forum in russian. From the very little that I’ve read, it will take a few days for the test results to show what the exact situation is. Let’s hope for the very best.
  4. Wona Park as Aurora... And Misa Kuranaga as Cinderella... Sasha Mukhamedov as Nikiya..
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  6. Not entirely unexpected reports of Coronavirus among the artists at newly reopened Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters (I think only the former has had public performances); these websites are both ostensibly news sources, but I don't actually know how to evaluate these stories (esp the 2nd one which comes from a website with which I'm completely unfamiliar); I did notice on Instagram today three Mariinsky dancers I follow posting photos of themselves with masks --something I had not seen before from them: https://www.corona24.news/c/2020/08/08/rbc-reports-on-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-infected-with-coronavirus.html https://www.archyde.com/in-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-artists-were-quarantined-society-rbc/
  7. Here’s a description of some of the new works to be presented at the Bolshoi from a Google translation of an article in Kommersant. But three one-act ballets, the premiere of which was scheduled for March 26 this year, will still be shown in the opening season (December 18). "Dancemania" to the music of Yuri Krasavin is staged by the Yekaterinburg ballet artistic director Vyacheslav Samodurov, "The Seasons" to the music of Glazunov - by the premiere of the Bolshoi Artemy Belyakov, and the ballet "Made in Bolshoi" - by Anton Pimonov. Everything was as planned, only Anton Pimonov during this time became the artistic director of the ballet troupe at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater. The general ballet audience will not be left without their main consolation - large and expensive plot performances with literary provenance. The Bolshoi invited the German choreographer Christian Spuck, whose Anna Karenina is at the Stanislavsky Musical Theater. On the New Stage, Špuk will stage the Orlando ballet (premiered on March 24) to music by Dvořák and Max Richter, apparently following his eminent colleague Marco Goecke, who released his Orlando ten years ago, based on the novel of the same name by Virginia Wolfe. On the historical stage, the season will be closed by the new ballet "The Seagull" (premiere on July 1). Choreographer Yuri Possokhov is faithful to his style - to make performances in a duet with a director who is responsible for the general drama. This manner, not so much new as more or less forgotten old (in Soviet practice of the middle of the last century, this was enough), led Posokhov himself to two joint works with Kirill Serebrennikov - "A Hero of Our Time" and "Nureyev". In The Seagull, the director will be completely different - the young Alexander Molochnikov from the Moscow Art Theater, who staged one-act operas by Gian Carlo Menotti on the Bolshoi Chamber Stage last year. But the composer is still the same: as in the case of A Hero of Our Time and Nureyev, the score of the new ballet was written by Ilya Demutsky. Thus, he confirmed his devotion to the path of a ballet composer, which is ultra-rare at the present time, and the Bolshoi confirmed his devotion to the late Soviet tradition: forty years ago the theater already hosted the ballet The Seagull, written by Rodion Shchedrin for Maya Plisetskaya. https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/4448755 (Thanks to I.N.A. at Balletfriends) And from MK in russian (Google translation) Also, until recently, rumors were heard from the theater about some mysterious premiere of one-act ballets being rehearsed by the artists. As they said, it was supposed to take place at the beginning of September. The rumors have not yet been confirmed. Indeed, four foreign choreographers have now arrived at the theater and the artists are rehearsing something, but they have not officially announced it. Perhaps it will be something beyond the plan at another time. Noteworthy is the fact that the mystical ballet “The Master and Margarita” based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov staged by the Slovenian choreographer Edward Klug (the premiere was scheduled for the end of May) will not take place this season. Apparently, they decided to postpone it to the next season. This is not the first time this happens with Bulgakov's creation at the Bolshoi: the genius of the Russian ballet - Yuri Grigorovich - once also could not create his own ballet on this subject for the Bolshoi. And now the situation repeats itself. And the official plans of the theater are as follows. The Bolshoi plans to present three ballet and seven opera premieres in the 245th season, hold festivals, concerts at the Philharmonic, and go on tour in Europe and South America (Argentina); host the Yuri Grigorovich International Ballet Competition on their stages. https://www.mk.ru/culture/2020/08/07/bolshoy-teatr-obyavil-premery-i-novuyu-skhemu-rassadki-zriteley.html (Thanks again to I.N.A. at Balletfriends) There's no implied or mentioned north American tour anywhere yet, which many of us are hoping for. For me, especially, Swan Lake in Chicago.
  8. Lincoln's Center's Mostly Mozart Festival (August 10–16, 2020) is coming soon on WQXR: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/series/mostly-mozart-festival-on-wqxr
  9. Unfortunately the Bolshoi Japan tour expected this November~December is cancelled. https://www.japanarts.co.jp/en/news/p5214/
  10. The Bolshoi — An announcement of its reopening in September The first ballet performance in Moscow will take place on September, 12: “Don Quixote” in choreographic version by Alexei Fadeyechev will be shown this evening to doctors who selflessly save people's lives. On September 6, 8 and 10, “Don Carlo” opera starring Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, Yusif Eyvazov, Agunda Kulayeva, Elchin Azizov will open our 245th season on the Historic stage. Despite many difficulties, in the 245th season we are going to present 3 ballet and 7 opera premieres, festivals, concerts in the Philharmonic, tours to Europe and South America (Argentina), and host the international Yuri Grigorovich ballet Competition on our stages. Everything that The Bolshoi did not manage to implement due to lockdown in 244th season will be implemented in the next 2 years. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/ (Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie for her summary alert) And for anyone who wants to attempt this schedule of performances in russian. (“БАЛЕТ” = Ballet) https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/6ae/6ae1d18ff659952e8eb34e0a36955468.pdf (Thanks to I.N.A. at Balletfriends) Google translate https://translate.google.com
  11. More teasers for the upcoming SFB Dance of Dreams (August 13th)...
  12. Because one of the metrics for the size software package we have is the number of members, we routinely purge members with 0 posts who are listed as "Last active" of over a year ago, based on logged in usage. Yesterday, I ran the usual logic as a query, spot-checked the results by looking in the last active column and confirming, and then completed the purge. Something went terribly wrong with recognizing who had last activity in the last year, and it looks to me like all of the members with 0 posts were purged, regardless of when they were last active. Purges are permanent, and I have just done damage to loyal members who don't post, but read us regularly. The only remedy, if you find that you aren't recognized using the Forgotten Password function at the bottom of the login box, is to re-register. I apologize, and I apologize again.
  13. I was actually surprised in the Megan Fairchild interview how candid she was about not staying in Miami long term. I felt it was a pretty bold move to say that out loud if she really wanted to stay. I always wondered if there was tension with the organization after how vocal she was regarding firebird. She truly does seem happy though in salt lake and ballet west. Maybe there is opportunity for her to dance there instead. also - she’s been pretty quiet on her you tube channel recently and focusing more on teaching. I’ve been following her on that channel for awhile and she tends to go quiet when something is happening in the background (speculation, of course). She managed to upload pretty regularly throughout her time with MCB.
  14. This is awesome - super excited to get your book! Many thanks and congrats in advance!
  15. One of my favourite cold war ballet books is The Bolshoi Ballet by Yuri Slonimsky (1960). In the chapter Our Point of View he states the following. "the absence of heroes in capitalist society has become an almost insurmountable obstacle on the path of choreographic development. Many French, British and American ballets of today simply do without a hero, The characters of such ballets are deprived of moral ideals since the authors cannot find any in the morals of the ruling classes." That's telling us!
  16. In reading various old articles from 1918, I've been impressed with the medical community's assumptions regarding the virus (even though they didn't know that viruses existed).
  17. The physical properties of particles haven’t changed much in those 100 years, apparently. Masks seem to still work pretty well.
  18. It strikes me as odd that with all the medical advances that we have we are still mostly relying on strategies that were used over 100 years ago.
  19. I don't think anyone suggested that professional dance experience is required to become a good dance writer. Angyal's experience is probably similar to that of many ballet lovers and highlights the lasting benefit of childhood exposure to ballet lessons. A number of studies, including those conducted by the NEA, have found links between childhood participation in activities and continued "consumption" of them in adulthood. The question of Angyal's connection to the ballet world was raised, that's all.
  20. More entertaining information about 'the way it was' - The Mask Slackers of 1918 As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/us/mask-protests-1918.html
  21. I've also been enjoying the Vail Festival offerings. The interview with Heather Watts, Damian Woetzel and Unity Phelan and Calvin Royale III was very illuminating. I found Heather particularly inspiring, talking about how dancers should dance "like themselves" and develop their own responses to the music and choreography, rather than copying what earlier dancers have done. She's saying this as someone who coaches younger dancers in roles she has performed, not as a way of throwing out existing (masterpiece level) choreography.
  22. Just to voice my agreement. Some of our most respected critics/historians/writers on dance were never dancers -- Robert Gottlieb, Arlene Croce, Selma Jeanne Cohen, many more. Writing is an art form in itself and draws on different skills of observation and articulateness. While some professional dancers do go on to be excellent writers (Deborah Jowitt and Nancy Reynolds come to mind), they seem to be the exception more than the rule.
  23. She has an impressive background. As a general viewpoint, I do not believe one must have had a career as a professional dancer in order to write well on the subject of dance.
  24. What an achievement, Swanilda8! Congrats to you and I look forward to reading it.
  25. This just appeared on Facebook: copyright issues over the score. When I looked yesterday, it was still a truncated tape. Let's hope they can repost the entire thing soon. On Sunday August 2nd Ballet Arizona and The Phoenix Symphony showcased the beloved performance of La Sylphide. The music from this ballet was created in 1832, and although The Phoenix Symphony has obtained all the necessary copyright approvals, this performance has been flagged by YouTube. TPS has disputed the licensing concerns and are awaiting a decision from YouTube. We anticipate to have a full video for public viewing in the coming weeks. Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.
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