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  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm so pleased to see a small company (19 by my count) allowed to perform this. The artistic director is Edwaard Liang, who has done quite a bit of choreography for other companies. Their web site ways they hope to do some live performances in the spring in their black box theater. I really hope small companies like this are able to hang on through COVID. They not only bring wonderful performances of live ballet to audiences who are never able to travel to NYC. They also provide paid employment for talented dancers, as these obviously are.
  2. I'm part of a small minority, apparently, that loves Kammermusik. It is so unusual for Balanchine -- 8 men and 2 women, for starters. Late in his career (1978). I first saw it at LA Ballet to recorded music many years ago. Colleen Neary gave a brief talk beforehand. She was in the original cast, with Karin von Aroldingen. He choreographed the women's parts in unison. When they had it nailed, he said: okay, now Colleen will start one beat after Karin with the same thing. The men have their own distinctive choreography. Fascinating piece.
  3. Colorado Ballet is going to try its first venture in selling access to an on-line program next month. It's not clear to me how much of the three ballets (which were performed in spring 2019 as part of the regular season) will be shown in this documentary. Normally, this company streams live performances into the schools, so they must have a tape archive and I've been puzzled that nothing has been released, free or for a charge. The dancers and orchestra are unionized and I have no idea what role they play in this absence of broadcasts. The live streams are typically the Thursday before opening
  4. English National Ballet had announced a Nutcracker at the London Coliseum in December. Alas, they just cancelled that, although it sounds like they are planning something with small snippets. At least from the news, it sounds like the UK is backsliding, as is Germany and France. https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/nutcracker/
  5. I don't want to jinx this, but the complete ballet is now on YouTube in the US: Act I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ips1kxGiWoc Act II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOmj0bcJtJ0&t=2336s This is the performance we saw on live stream in January at AMC theaters. I would have paid to see it before this.
  6. As I suspect many of you did, I just received a black face mask in the mail from San Francisco Ballet with their distinctive typeface and another fund-raising plea. What a great idea! We're all getting numb to the endless emails from everybody and her cousin pleading for donations. This is a new twist and I'd love to see other companies follow their lead. The need for facemasks isn't going away anytime soon!
  7. New York City Center just announced Fall for Dance virtual performances and ticket sales. As an out-of-towner who has never attended Fall for Dance, this is one of the few bright sides of the pandemic. View in browser FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL Premieres Oct 21 & 26 at 7:30pm On demand through Nov 1 $15 digital access per program On Sale Now Fall for Dance is back! For seventeen years, the Festival has been part of the renewed rhythm of the performing arts each fall—welcoming danc
  8. As a long-time Friend at a substantial level, it would be nice if we were offered the ABT at Vail program! I confess that I find the interviews with dancers at ABT and elsewhere boring and I no longer bother with them. I suppose they're attractive to some. If they need a fund-raiser, I wish they would release some of their valuable tapes, most notably the new Ratmansky Love and Rage, which premiered at Segerstrom, especially as it looks to be a long time before we'll be able to see it in the theater. The Don Q at Minneapolis might be worth the $$, but I'm waiting for casting. I've l
  9. Sarasota Ballet has just announced that tickets are on sale for their fall digital season. Very impressive, especially the Ashton Program I https://mailchi.mp/03b81d43e9af/30th-anniversary-digital-fall-season-programming-tickets?e=68308311cb The Sarasota Ballet's Digital Fall Season Tickets and Subscriptions Available! The Sarasota Ballet is ecstatic to announce that tickets for our Digital Fall Season, encompassing the first three programs of our 30th Anniversary Seas
  10. Ominous news for the performing arts: The Metropolitan Opera just cancelled its entire 2020-21 season https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/arts/music/metropolitan-opera-cancels-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  11. Here's the information on the Royal Ballet web site: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/the-royal-ballet-back-on-stage-details Impressive list of dancers, but I'm going to wait to see what they are performing. I would love to see some dazzling PdD that might be performed at a gala.
  12. I feel so badly for all the dancers. I see them all over social media trying to stay in shape, looking for outdoor performing venues, safely rehearsing in small groups in whatever huge spaces they can secure. They have such short careers. Even leaving aside the financial hardships, this pandemic is brutal for all of them. What I like about the new virtual efforts: they are using actual dancers now, whether alone in black box theaters or empty theaters or outdoors, with all the requisite distancing, testing, etc. At least they are performing. I hope these experiments spread, especially as we st
  13. Boston Ballet is going to try a six-performance virtual season @$180, just a little less than the PNB subscription. I'm on their e-mail list so I'm surprised I hadn't received any publicity about this. https://www.bostonballet.org/Home/Tickets-Performances/Subscription-Information/Virtual-Subscriptions Details about the programs: https://www.bostonballet.org/Home/Tickets-Performances/Performances/BB-at-your-home So that's PNB, Louisville, Boston -- are there others planning to try this?
  14. I've been puzzled by the wide variation we're seeing on re-opening. SAB is posting daily photos of students with masks, distanced, etc., so that seems an option in NYC. I assume the variations have a lot to do with finances, technical capabilities, and local health regulations of each company. PNB can use their theater for their digital programming this fall, but many don't have that capability. I also assume we're seeing the reflection of long-range financial planning and negotiations with their unions. Is it better to furlough dancers, let them keep health insurance and preserve funds for a
  15. This is a new piece, "Hope," choreographed by Sandra Brown for two Colorado Ballet dancers. The performing space is the platform for two huge white sculptures (fondly known by locals as the Dancing Aliens) on the large, grassy backyard of the Denver Performing Arts Center, which is now closed. Across the street on the other side is the Auraria Campus, shared by the University of Colorado-Denver, Metro State University of Denver, and Denver Community College. Brown, a ballet mistress with the company, was a soloist at ABT.
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