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  1. I have gotten unusual voice mails and emails in recent days from ABT fund-raisers. They are asking people to renew early and perhaps upgrade their memberships now, as "We have the daunting task of raising $2 million for our Koch season." I'm guessing that they are renting the Koch and are not being co-sponsored by Lincoln Center. I wonder how bad things are for them financially!
  2. "In Balanchine's Classroom" is also available on Amazon for $19.95, but they are temporarily out-of-stock: https://www.amazon.com/In-Balanchines-Classroom/dp/B09FC9J3L7/
  3. I just heard back from the NYCB Membership office that they expect to restart Friends rehearsals in October. You should be getting some kind of notice if you are eligible.
  4. The print-at-home tickets still say "skip the lines at intermission" and order drinks ahead. Of course, that could have slipped through before they thought about it. I had been thinking perhaps the pause could be really long for a bathroom break but skip food lines by keeping refreshments closed. I can't find anything on the web site about forms for refreshment options. I assume they're working everything out on a day-to-day basis.
  5. This is on another topic on this site:
  6. Here's the link to Week 1 casting: https://res.cloudinary.com/new-york-city-ballet/image/upload/v1631547974/Press-Releases/Fall-2021-Casting-PDF/NYCB-Casting_September-21-26-2021_lobby-20210913 NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRINCIPAL CASTING FOR SEPTEMBER 21-26, 2021 TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:30PM (Conductor: Litton) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, *Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause AFTER THE RAIN PAS DE DEUX: Kowroski, la Cour [Solo Piano: McDill, Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause SYMPHONY IN C M. Fairchild, Gordon, Mearns, T. Angle, Woodward, Ball, King, Schumacher WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30PM (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: T. Peck, Garcia [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI – WORLD PREMIERE: *Kowroski, *Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: Phelan, Pazcoguin, M. Fairchild, King, Segin, Anderson, *Danchig-Waring, *Sanz, *Walker, *Alberda, *Coll, *Hoxha [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:30PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: Kretzschmar, Mearns, T. Peck, Gerrity, Woodward, Janzen, Scordato, Garcia, Huxley pause GLASS PIECES: Hod, Applebaum, Adams, Walker, *Dutton-O’Hara, *Alberda, *Phelan, Ramasar FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 8:00PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: Kretzschmar, Mearns, T. Peck, Gerrity, Woodward, Janzen, Scordato, Garcia, Huxley pause GLASS PIECES: Hod, Applebaum, Adams, Walker, Dutton-O’Hara, Alberda, Phelan, Ramasar SATURDAY MATINEE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2:00PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Mearns, M. Fairchild, Gerrity, la Cour, Chamblee pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: *Adams, M. Miller, Phelan, Hod, *E. Von Enck, *Chan, Applebaum, Coll, *Takahashi pause GLASS PIECES: *Nadon, *Sanz, *LaFreniere, *Riccardo, Habony, Chamblee, Reichlen, Janzen SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 25, 8:00PM (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: T. Peck, Garcia [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI: Kowroski, Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: *Hyltin, Mearns, *Laracey, Woodward, Maxwell, *Habony, Stanley, Veyette, *Gordon, *Zuniga, *Villarini-Velez, *Fahoury [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] SUNDAY MATINEE, SEPTEMBER 26, 3:00PM ABI STAFFORD FAREWELL (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: Hyltin, *Gordon [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI: Kowroski, Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: Phelan, Pazcoguin, A. Stafford, King, Segin, Anderson, Danchig-Waring, Sanz, Walker, Alberda, Coll, Hoxha [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] * First Time in Role PROGRAM AND CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE (09/13/21)
  7. Sarasota Ballet has the unfortunate reality of being in Florida. They have come up with a policy that admittance requires EITHER a negative test or proof of vaccine. Masks required for all. That might be the best they can do, given their governor. Updates to The Sarasota Ballet's COVID-19 Safety Protocol Dear Sarasota Ballet Family, As we prepare to reopen for our 2021 - 2022 Season, the performing arts are once again facing challenges. In light of the recent COVID-19 Delta variant-based resurgence, many patrons have requested stronger COVID protocols be established as a prerequisite for attending performances. We have communicated with other major performing arts organizations in the Sarasota community, and have collectively agreed upon several protective measures in order to uphold vigilant health and safety protocols for the well-being of our dancers, staff, and patrons. Effective September 26th, 2021, we will uniformly implement the following policy: all patrons aged 12 and older must show either: a negative PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider or official testing center no earlier than 72 hours before the time of our performance, or a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional or official testing center no earlier than 24 hours prior to the time of our performance. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry. If patrons prefer, CDC or an other official vaccination record showing patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results. Both physical and electronic presentation of documents will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents. All patrons over age 5, regardless of vaccination or testing status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue Details may be revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic. Click Here for the Full Joint Statement With this policy established, we are happy to announce that single tickets to our 2021 - 2022 Season will be available for purchase shortly; when this occurs, we will distribute another communication to remind you. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Many thanks, The Sarasota Ballet
  8. Has anybody here been to the NYC Film Forum? I was going to buy a seat for an upcoming NYC visit, but can't get a good sense of seating with Google images. Is there a good slope in the theater seating? Are the front few rows actually too close to the screen to see without having to strain to look upwards? Daytime seats seem to be plentiful (at least for now).
  9. I'm glad to see this. Thanks for posting. Nothing yet on the web sites for ABT or Segerstrom, but I assume that will appear soon. It looks like the spring seasons will be repeats of the NYC fall programs, at least this first year, but okay. Very glad to see a continued commitment to the Ratmansky Nutcracker. I only saw it over one weekend a few years ago at Segerstrom, but it's such a fresh approach and a great opportunity to see rising stars in challenging roles that I look forward to seeing it again this year, if the dates work out for my schedule. I am curious if Segerstrom will bring in any other companies. No ballet series announced yet. And nothing yet from LA Dorothy Chandler, but I assume the international negotiations are holding this up.
  10. I don't doubt this at all. The bigger issue is how they will be admitted to the US in the first place if they don't have acceptable vaccination -- which does not include the Russian or Chinese ones. It's interesting that Segerstrom and LA Music Center haven't announced anything past September. Both typically host many Russian and European countries and I'm guessing they are struggling with these issues. They have announced admission for audiences but how do the foreign companies even get into the US? https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/glorya-kaufman-dance/
  11. New York City Ballet announced Thursday it would limit its cast to performers 12 and older as part of safety protocols for its 47-show run of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” which opens the day after Thanksgiving and ends in January. Children under 12 will still be allowed in the audience, though they will have to provide negative virus test results.
  12. In an Instagram posting today, Kochetkova mentions that she had COVID. Recently, she talked about quarantine in London before starting with ENB. I hope she has recovered fully but I suppose dancers (like everybody) have to worry about long-term effects, especially in breathing: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTcBIjDFquH/
  13. I read this. I feel so sorry for the dancers who were told to sign one-year leases at a pricey new apartment complex but were let go long before those expired. And missed the next audition season just in time for COVID!
  14. I wonder about the Russian vaccine. For trips to Canada this fall, it's not accepted: o Accepted Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) Moderna (mRNA-1273) AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222) Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S) o Not accepted Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV) Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac) Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan) Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona) I wonder if the Mariinsky might work something out with regular testing and mandatory quarantines.
  15. The program for Fall for Dance Festival at City Center has been announced: https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/FallforDance/ Tickets go on sale September 19. Proof of vaccination required for everybody, "Masks may be required in accordance with local government guidelines." Program 1 | Wed Oct 13 & Thu Oct 14 8pm STREB EXTREME ACTION Molinette, Add, and Air Choreography by Elizabeth Streb A.I.M by Kyle Abraham From A Heart Still Beating | NY Premiere Choreography by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M The Verdon Fosse Legacy Sweet Gwen Suite | New York City Center Commission Choreography by Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon Additional choreography by Linda Haberman Program 2 | Fri Oct 15 & Sat Oct 16 8pm Stephen Petronio Company American Landscapes Choreography by Stephen Petronio Houston Ballet Sons de L’âme excerpts | NY Premiere Choreography by Stanton Welch AM Ephrat Asherie Dance ODEON:Redux Choreography by Ephrat Asherie Program 3 | Tue Oct 19 & Wed Oct 20 8pm Philadelphia Ballet Connection | NY Premiere Choreography by Juliano Nunes Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective Drift | NY Premiere Choreography by Micaela Taylor STEP AFRIKA! The Movement | NY Premiere Choreography by Conrad Kelly II Program 4 | Thu Oct 21 & Fri Oct 22 8pm Lar Lubovitch Dance Company with Guest Artists Adrian Danchig-Waring & Joseph Gordon To Each in His Own Time, New York City Center Commission | World Premiere Choreography by Lar Lubovitch Lil Buck 38109, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere Choreography by Lil Buck BalletX Mapping Out A Sky | NY Premiere Choreography by Matthew Neenan Program 5 | Sat Oct 23 8pm & Sun Oct 24 3pm Roman Mejia Fandango, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky Tiler Peck & Herman Cornejo Bloom, Co-commission with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere Choreography by Justin Peck Ayodele Casel New York City Center Commission| World Premiere Choreography by Ayodele Casel
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