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  1. Yup. Season 11 - episode 3 - "Dissonance" https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629241/
  2. If you go to Amazon and the hardcover edition, use their feature "look inside" and you can read p. 98. No way to copy-paste from that. I would recommend this book very highly. Chock full of fascinating details. https://www.amazon.com/Marius-Petipa-Emperors-Ballet-Master-ebook/dp/B07QRWZXXF/
  3. p. 98: Perrot sued Petipa. Petipa used Perrot's "Cosmopolitana" from Gazelda, after being denied permission by Perrot. Perrot won at trial.
  4. I confess to being a long time Law & Order fan. In the first few years of the original series, many episodes were very clearly drawn from the headlines and there would typically be an explanation at the end of what happened next. Some were drawn from Mafia episodes or city corruption, and the explanation would say what happened to main characters later (prison, whatever). Sometimes the final explanation would say something like "This might have reminded you of x in the news. However, this was different in this way...). Those explanations for clarifying facts and history seem to have disappeared in more recent years. I am somewhat familiar with the details of the Waterbury story and fear that others only vaguely familiar will conclude that this is essentially what happened. I do think the series producers owed the audience and the real players one of those old explanations at the end. I was most appalled at the plot twist in which the "prima ballerina" was auctioned off to a high bidder for dinner and more. It reminded me of the stories we hear about 19th century dancers being expected to deliver to rich patrons.
  5. SF Ballet just sent email with some attractive incentives to donate to their emergency fund. Most notably, for $200, they'll give you access to that recording of MSND! SF BALLET CRITICAL RELIEF FUND DONATE NOW Dear ... It's been just three days since San Francisco Ballet launched our effort to support our artists and workforce, and whether it's been through a donation or your meaningful words, we've been entirely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love. More than 54,000 enthusiasts have amplified our efforts on social media channels and since launching, our caring community donated over $100,000. We are humbled and invigorated by this support. We are super excited to announce two new benefits for those who support the SF Ballet Critical Relief Fund, including an independent project from one of our dancers! Enjoy Balanchine in quarantine! The evening of Saturday, March 14, in an eerily empty War Memorial Opera House, we video captured A Midsummer Night's Dream. When you give $200, you can escape to George Balanchine's enchanting fairy realm through the artistry of our dancers. Qualified donors will receive a link and email to access this recording! A ghost light remembrance: in 2019, our Principal Dancer Sasha De Sola teamed up with her favorite SF jewelry store, Fiat Lux, to create "The Ascendant," a charity initiative with pieces that are co-designed and inspired by dance. Every purchase made from this line prompts a gift directly to SF Ballet Critical Relief Fund. With a gift of $5,000 or more, you will receive a gorgeous limited edition Fiat Lux silver pin inspired by the ghost light, a single bulb left burning whenever a theater is dark. While our ghost light is on, we know that we will return, triumphantly, to the Opera House as soon as it is safe. See below for all the different ways you can get involved and hear from us: SF BALLET CRITICAL RELIEF FUND As one of our supporters said best: "We can't wait for the curtain to go up again -- take care until then!" With unwavering gratitude, The Entire SF Ballet Team
  6. They used recorded music for the Tour de Force March 6-8. They would have used the orchestra for the final performance, at least for Petite Mort and T&V, which I've seen them do before. Not sure about Upper Room.
  7. The Royal Opera House has just announced an expanded list of programming on-line, notably including The Winter's Tale on May 1. https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home? This will include the following productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels: Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April 2020, 7pm BST The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May 2020, 7pm BST
  8. Colorado is only paying people for the final four weeks of the contract. ABT would be cancelling a much longer season. But please note that the financial supporters of regional companies like Colorado tend to be local, while ABT "Friends" are national/international. I've been impressed that so many community leaders provide major support for the Colorado company, and I suspect that's also true for other successful regional companies around the country. Of course, right now there are major demands from all over the non-profit horizon on all these generous supporters. The Senate bill now pending in the House includes support for non-profit cultural organizations to pay salaries, benefits, rent, utilities, etc. They are also eligible for loans from the Small Business Administration which will be forgiven if they keep people on the payroll. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/25/politics/trump-kennedy-center-funding-stimulus/index.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/arts/coronavirus-arts-bailout.html
  9. No surprise, especially with the restrictions on international travelers entering the US. That could also impact Kimin Kim,Smirnova, Osipova, etc. if the ABT season goes forward.
  10. SAB is on extended spring break through April 19. https://sab.org/spring-break-extension-announcement/ No announcement yet about the workshop in late May.
  11. Here's the full announcement we just got: http://email.wordfly.com/view/?sid=MzAyXzI4NDU2XzEyMDc4Ml83MjA0&l=d3e68f26-0b6b-ea11-bd94-e61f134a8c87&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FY20SpringCancellationPatronCommunication&utm_content=version_A&uid=1139815&promo=45848 A MESSAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY BALLET As New York City Ballet continues to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, and the community at large, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Season in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we are deeply saddened that the Company’s artistry will not be seen on stage this spring, the current pandemic has left us with no other choice. The cancellation will include all performances and events, including the May 7 Spring Gala, as well as the Company’s public programming, which includes Workshops, Inside NYCB, and Family Saturdays. We will be reaching out to all spring ticket holders with further instructions shortly. As a result of the Spring Season cancellation, NYCB projects a loss of approximately $8 million through June 30 alone. We will need the support of our audiences and patrons more than ever, as the impact of this crisis on the wellbeing of our company of 100 dancers, 62 musicians, and over 200 administrative and theater staff will be significant. We have established a special Relief Fund to ensure the Company’s future and offer immediate support to our NYCB family during this challenging time. We hope you will consider making a gift to the Relief Fund today. MAKE A GIFT TO NYCB'S RELIEF FUND We are grateful for your dedication to the Company – our incredible artists, iconic repertory, and commitment to new work – and we look forward to the time when we can return to the stage and share the beauty and joy of NYCB with audiences of all ages. Katherine E. Brown Executive Director Jonathan Stafford Artistic Director Wendy Whelan Associate Artistic Director
  12. Washington Ballet sent out email today about their emergency fund-raiser. Here it is on their web site: https://washingtonballet.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0nf4000001pWCoAAM&_ga=2.109913926.218270347.1585096853-848836025.1584050940 Pacific Northwest Ballet has a fund: https://www.pnb.org/support/special-projects/relief-fund/
  13. ABT just sent out e-mail about the spring season, but I'm not seeing anything that isn't on their web site: An Important Message to Our ABT Community _______________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Friends and Fans of American Ballet Theatre, As you and your family navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we wish you good health, strength, and resilience. This is not the way we envisioned celebrating ABT’s milestone 80th Anniversary year. Just two weeks ago we premiered a glorious new production, Of Love and Rage, to standing ovations in Orange County, California, and tonight, there are no standing ovations anywhere in America. We wanted to share with you some updates on how COVID-19 has impacted ABT's activities so far: March and April Tours to Chicago, Durham, Detroit, and Abu Dhabi have been cancelled. We are working closely with our presenters to see if rescheduling will be possible; ABT’s studios and offices at 890 Broadway are closed, with staff working remotely through at least April 20; The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is closed, and students will be participating in livestreamed classes via Zoom and Instagram Live; Patron events in April and early May have been postponed; and Single ticket sales for performances during our 2020 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera have been postponed. Please stand by for new dates for Members Advance Sale, Subscriber Exchange Week, and Single Ticket Sales.* *At this time, a decision on if and how we can proceed with American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Season, May 11-July 4, is currently on hold. We are awaiting further guidance from government officials and health experts, and we ask you to please continue to check ABT.org for further updates. The safety of our dancers, staff, students, donors, and audience members will always remain our paramount concern, and, as a result, the well-being of our community is driving our decisions. One of the most important things we can do as a society during times of uncertainty is to rally behind the organizations that matter to us, to our country, and to our world. The cultural treasures that sustain us and the artists who will help us heal on the other side of this crisis should be a top priority. To maintain your connection to our brilliant dancers during these challenging times, we are finding creative ways to share their artistry and optimism with you across our online platforms and beyond. Some of you have asked how you can help ensure the Company’s vibrancy and resiliency. One way is to support ABT’s commitment to providing a crisis relief package for our artists – dancers, production crew, pianists, and ballet masters – to help them through this challenging period. Here are some ways for you to be a part of this effort: Renew your support as early as possible and be as generous as possible here. Send an additional gift to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund here. Advocate for government support for cultural organizations and artists here. Finally, but most importantly, we want to thank you for your friendship and your generosity. We are so grateful to you for protecting America’s National Ballet Company®. ABT was founded in 1940 and survived the Second World War. The Company has weathered many crises over the past eight decades, and we will celebrate together, exuberantly, when we survive this pandemic and return to the stage. We hope that you will find American Ballet Theatre a source of inspiration in the weeks and months ahead. With warm regards, Kara Medoff Barnett Kevin McKenzie Executive Director Artistic Director P.S. If you would like to make a donation to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund, please visit our site. With our offices temporarily closed, we are unable to accept and process checks at this time. We are grateful for your support, now more than ever.
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