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  1. I think the cannibalization notion may well turn out to be another needless fear. Sports are televised 24-7 and fans still go to the games (and pay truly outrageous prices for seats). Once the companies figure out how to make a steady stream of income from digital releases, they won't want to loose that revenue stream. Yes, there's a lot of that going on. ;) All these presentations should get better with time. Totally agree with BalanchineFan and Cobweb. Perhaps we're not average audience members, but I just don't need endless superficial comments about Balanch
  2. To wet your appetite, I hope you've been watching Blake Works II ... The Barre Project (Blake Works II) with Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Roman Mejia and Brooklyn Mack - available on the Sadler's Wells site until May 16. https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/william-forsythe-and-cli-studios-the-barre-project/
  3. Very worthwhile. I've never been a fan of WF's music choices - not really my idea of great dance music. One can count to it, I suppose, and so that's all that matters. Blake Works II looks to be all about the ability to articulate the movements at breakneck speed without devolving into blurred and rounded forms. We get still more of Tiler Peck's extraordinary precision, and aesthetic flexibility. And her incredible weightlessness. Each of the dancers do a pretty good job with this choreography, but only Peck manages to flit about like a hummingbird throughout. I like the hand dance
  4. SFB Instagram post: Dancers United Against Racism San Francisco Ballet stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the fight against racism and pursuit of unity. Dancers from the Company created this choreographic statement, advocating for a stop on hate. https://www.instagram.com/p/COvkTxONG5_/
  5. SFB is supposedly working on something similar but has not released the details yet. The 2022 Season programming is pushing in-house ticket sales at this point. Fortunately, for the out-ot-town audience, SFB had also issued this statement on their Covid-19 Safety web page: Are you going to continue offering digital streaming of ballets and other content? "We have been thrilled by the reaction to our digital season and plan to create a digital offering that will complement a season subscriber’s in-person subscription should they not be able to attend or if they would like to have an e
  6. For the record... The updated artist guests for the 2021 Exploring Ballet seminars were/are: Session 1: Exploring the Creative Process Featuring James Steichen, PhD, historian of the performing arts, and Choreographer Danielle Rowe and Choreographer and Soloist Myles Thatcher Session 2: Exploring Romeo and Juliet Featuring Simon Morrison, music historian and author, with SF Ballet Principal Dancers Mathilde Froustey and Joseph Walsh Session 3: Exploring Swan Lake Featuring Alastair Macaulay, critic and historian of the performing arts, former chief dance crit
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    Greetings - it's always nice to have new voices join the conversation.
  8. SFB Mother's Day photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/COqCjRELySl/
  9. Sasha De Sola and Esteban Hernandez learning Tarantella from Helgi Tomasson https://www.instagram.com/p/COdvvqiDqe4/ I'm not sure where this will be performed though - perhaps Helgi is taking requests from the principals and soloists for dances that they most want to learn. A very pregnant Mathilde Froustey has made it back to France to teach a master class: https://www.instagram.com/p/COggsN1hbn8/
  10. There's a recent NYT article discussing the latest thoughts about Herd Immunity in the US: Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/health/covid-herd-immunity-vaccine.html 'If the herd immunity threshold is not attainable, what matters most is the rate of hospitalizations and deaths after pandemic restric
  11. Working with Joaquín de Luz is pretty good. 😉
  12. It's interesting to compare this film to the previous When We Fell film. There are certainly a lot of similarities in setting, and overall look and feel. Both films are shot mainly in black and white (the last gala performance is in color). Most everything up through the Liebeslieder PDD is filmed with minimal camera movement - and camera tracking is very gentle and smooth. The head-on frontal camera position is prevalent. And I agree with others that shooting from a slight angle is preferable since it provides a better sense of depth. Over reliance on straight shots tends to flatten out the i
  13. Alexandre Cagnat is now at Berlin Staatsballett Vladislav Kozlov is now at Bayerisches Staatsballett Miranda Silveira is in Madrid, Spain right now and may be performing as a guest: https://www.instagram.com/p/COatBgsATHG/
  14. Skyla Schreter is choreographing her first full-length contemporary piece: "I spent the last five days working on my first full-length dance work with 4 amazingly talented dancer-humans, and 16 cardboard-paper boxes in the beautiful Hudson Hall. The boxes are sample prototypes (of a massive set installation for the piece created by @sovereignsez) but the dancers are the real deal from HV dance company @aydancers." https://www.instagram.com/p/CNvg5W6AAcY/
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