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    Simone Messmer

    Volpi made a ballet called "Private Light" for ABT in 2011, Messmer was in the original cast and knows the choreographer from then. That's why she ended up in Germany. In the season premiere "First Date", she was dancing a solo by Volpi.
  2. What happened to Evan McKie, is he injured? He has not been dancing with NBoC for some months, but he seems to be rehearsing elsewhere, according to his Instagram. Any reason for that?
  3. A very late answer to this post: Cranko's Swan Lake premiered in Stuttgart on Nov 14, 1963 and was revised in 1972. You can still see the production at Stuttgart. It was never adopted by another company until recently, in March 2019, by the Czech National Ballet a Prague with different sets and costumes. The flood is made of three cloths that fly in from the wings, left and right, in a huge bow and then billow wildly on the floor. Siegfried moves between them, he fights and drowns, comes up again and dies, then the floods calm down, all very beautifully suited to the music. In the ba
  4. The stalls are not raked, only from row 11 on, where you are already rather far from the stage. The balcony is very far from the stage, the first rows there are exclusively reserved for sponsors (they rely very much on donors). If you want cheaper tickets, go for the first balcony on the sides. The few boxes they offer have good sight with a slight restriction. In the second balcony you are already very far away, the theatre is huge. Avoid the seats on the second balcony sides, very bad view from there.
  5. One of the reasons the Mariinsky comes to Baden-Baden is the huge stage of the Festspielhaus, which is not exactly a renovated train station, that's only the entrance - the rest of the house was built completely new and is really big. Baden-Baden is a spa in the Black Forest, it was a favorite place for Russians in the 19th century, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky were there and Russians still love it. Especially rich Russians. The Festspielhaus is a bit like the Salzburg Festival, but stretched over a one-year-season: only the best orchestras, opera singers and chamber ensembles are invited, the
  6. Just for the record, Mr. Lebrecht: He succeeds JAMES Tuggle.
  7. Catazaro was hired in Munich as guest principal until the end of the season.
  8. Zachary Catazaro re-emerged at Munich in March, as Gremin in John Cranko's Onegin
  9. Those are dead artists. Just out of interest: Could you enjoy Polunin's dancing if his Instagram rants were anti-semitic?
  10. You'll find the explanation in Jann Parry's "Different Drummer", the biography of Kenneth MacMillan - it was the board of the Royal Opera House that had problems with choreographers using music that was not written for dance. Cranko intended to make Onegin with the opera music by Tchaikovsky, it was only at Stuttgart that someone, I guess the opera director, talked him out of it. The ROH board also forbid MacMillan to use Mahler's "Song of the Earth", so he went to Stuttgart to create it there.
  11. They were friends! Cranko repeatedly invited MacMillan to Stuttgart to create new works. Yes, he was angry, but I think Cranko was a rather generous person who'd leave it to posterity to judge instead of going to court.
  12. Jann Parry's MacMillan biography "Different Drummer", p. 284
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    Maria Kochetkova

    Press release from THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL OPERA & BALLET Maria Kochetkova to star with the The Norwegian National Ballet One of the world’s leading ballerinas will be dancing with The Norwegian National Ballet from next season. – There is no doubt that Maria Kochetkova is one of the world’s leading ballerinas and she is a unique artist with a distinctive style. It is really a feather in our cap that she has chosen to dance with our company, says Ballet Director Ingrid Lorentzen. Maria Kochetkova was awarded with the Positano Prize as “Ballerina of
  14. I was trying to explain: they had a Corsaire, reconstructed by Doug Fullington and Ivan Liska, which did very well in the repertory over many seasons. Paquita did not do quite so well - what I heard from people who care for their beloved Bavarian State Ballet dancers and not so much for a certain tribute to ballet history, they thought there was way too much pantomime in Paquita, and that the story was silly (compared to Le Corsaire). Bavarian State Ballet has done many Petipa ballets, actually the most Petipa ballets for any German company, but not all were reconstructions, so the styles of s
  15. German theatres get a lot of money from the state/the towns, but they are supposed to work economically - as far as I know, they sell the sets and costumes of old productions if there is a possibility. To German theatres or anywhere else, no difference. If they did not sell the Munich Paquita, there may be many reasons - nobody wanted it, the timing with Ratmansky did not work out for the company who wanted to buy it, maybe the sets did not fit for the other stage; Munich has a huge stage. Nothing of this was official or in the newspapers, I'm sorry. To be honest, I don't think this was t
  16. There is no rule in Germany that state subsidized productions have to be destroyed after use... Munich has a very, very large opera repertoire and I suppose the Nationaltheater just did not have the space to keep the Paquita sets, once Zelensky said he doesn't want the production any more. Which is no excuse, I know. I heard after the last Paquita in Munich that Ivan Liska wanted to sell the production to an American company, but it seems this did not work out. Not all Paquita costumes did look expensive, by the way. They had floral prints for the gypsies that screamed polyester even if y
  17. The Malakhov galas at the Admiralspalast were not produced by the Staatsballett, but by Malakhov himself, so he would have to hire an orchestra which of course is too expensive for an event like this. His former galas at the opera house (when he was still director) had an orchestra, I'm not sure if all of them, but most of them. Galas produced by the big ballet companies normally have an orchestra, I don't know why there was none at "Polina and Friends". Try a Nijinsky gala at Hamburg for your money's worth - they last five hours minimum, with lots of guests, lots of Neumeier choreography
  18. There is a full-length ballet called "The Lady of the Camellias" made by John Neumeier in 1978. It has three long pdds for Marguerite and Armand, the first in a lilac dress, the second in white and the third in black. Lacarra danced the whole ballet when she was principal at Bavarian State Ballet Munich, mostly with Marlon Dino. There is, however, another full-length ballet called "The Lady of the Camellias" made by Val Canapiroli in 1994, which Lacarra also danced. Both works have music by Chopin. I think you can find excerpts of both works on Youtube. No Ivan, sorry.
  19. Most galas in Germany HAVE an orchestra, Neumeier's Nijinsky Galas at Hamburg, the Terpsichore Galas at Munich, the galas at Stuttgart: they all go out of their minds there to play everything that is possible live (not the electronic or pop music of course). The "Malakhov and Friends" galas at Berlin had an orchestra. I just saw a gala at Karlsruhe, a relatively small ballet company with 30 dancers, where everything was accompanied by the orchestra and an excellent pianist. They even invited a singer.
  20. It will be back in November2018! The new director Johannes Öhman will throw out the Duato Nutcracker and restore the Burlaka/Medvedev production. https://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/spielplan/der-nussknacker/17-11-2018/808
  21. Just for the record: the Munich newspapers all had the number of 29 dancers leaving in June 2016, maybe some 10 more in the next season. But 55 would have meant almost the whole company erased. It was a huge change in the roster, but let's stick to the facts.
  22. Yes, and there are lots of Aids galas to donate money to charities, but I hardly know about galas to raise money for the companies themselves, like in the US.
  23. As most theatres and ballet companies are state-subsidized in Europe, galas are not for fund-raising there. Tickets are more expensive, yes, but normally they sell out very fast. For the annual Nijinsky Gala at Hamburg Ballet, you even have to get in some kind of lottery to get tickets.
  24. Tetley's Sacre is on the programme at Prague's National Ballet this season, right now in February. The Korean National Ballet did it, La Scala did it one year ago, Stuttgart Ballet has it every few years. Stuttgart also did Tetley's Arena recently, Voluntaries and Pierrot Lunaire some years ago. Voluntaries was also at Dresden Semperoper Ballet. So Tetley is not forgotten, it seems Europe is his new home...
  25. Munich is a bit of an exception for ballet prices, which are rather cheap compared to the much higher opera ticket prices. At Hamburg or Stuttgart ballet is as expensive as opera or sometimes even more expensive. Which means best seats are at ca. 100 to 120 Euros. But you can get cheap seats in every German opera house/theatre, ranging from around 8 to 15 Euro. That's was the subsidies are meant for. Just for your information :-) Now back to Osipova!
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