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  1. Some things don't change: Maria Kochetkova working on La Bayadere again - as coached by Natalia Makarova. Only this time it's in Oslo, Norway. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1a5SJWhx9K/ It's a long flight for Natalia from Napa to Oslo. I wonder if she visits with family/friends in Russia these days, or if she just steers clear.
  2. I just liked this backstage photo from Stern Grove: (photo by Erik Tomasson) https://www.instagram.com/p/B1W0THuj59P/ And Dores André and Lonnie Weeks rehearsing the new Marston ballet: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1JdH_3Dvyy/
  3. Thanks Miliosr - we do need forum 'correspondents' in Houston to keep us up-to-date.
  4. I'm not sure if we mentioned this somewhere else, but Isabella Walsh is now dancing with the Het Nationale Ballet. https://www.instagram.com/p/B063sXJgy3c/
  5. Veeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy interesting. I expect they will both be inspiring ballet masters for the AB dancers. Onward and upward!
  6. Well yes, there has to be medical staff available on a daily basis, and, they would have to have decided what is an acceptably 'healthy' condition for their dancers to be in. But that's where we will find disagreement as to what is healthy and beneficial to the dancers. There have been many dance companies that seemed to worry little about the dancer's physical and mental well being.
  7. No problem - many companies have seasons that run from the Fall through the Spring, and North American companies also have their Nutcracker "season" in between. It just depends on the operating budget and the availability of their performance space.
  8. Definitely many vaudeville acts resembled what many of us today would expect to see at a circus. I wonder if vaudeville (at its beginning) wasn't simply a collection of circus acts that would fit easily on a theater stage (along with the usual stage arts like singing, dancing and comedy). The closest thing we have to vaudeville in the present day is probably shows like "The Tonight Show", or "America's Got Talent".
  9. SFB posted a Q&A with Gabriella Gonzalez: https://sfballet.blog/2019/gabriela-gonzalez/ and... Summer with SF Ballet: Part 1 https://sfballet.blog/2019/summer-with-sf-ballet-part-1/ They have also posted previews (with music samples) of a number ballets slated for next season: https://sfballet.blog/category/listen/
  10. Somewhat related: TCM played Broadway Rhythm the other night and it includes a routine by the Ross Sisters - who sing (a la the Andrew Sisters), do a little dancing, but mainly break into a long contortionist routine (to music) which is a marvel. We're talking MAJOR CORE STRENGTH. I can honestly say I had never seen anything quite like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1J3NLNWAPU [Jump to 1:20 in the timeline]
  11. I'm noticing that SFB has pushed out on their subscription dates this year. The 'Choreograph Your Own Season' option isn't happening until September 12th this year - over a month beyond the former start date. I guess they've decided the Fall is a better time to sell tickets?
  12. FYI: The current subscription offer from the NY Times - Your payment method will be automatically charged $4.00 every 4 weeks for the first year ($1.00 per week). It will then be automatically charged $15.00 every 4 weeks thereafter, starting on August 5, 2020 ($3.75 per week). Your subscription will continue until you cancel. You can cancel anytime. And they accept PayPal as payment, as well as the usual credit cards.
  13. Thanks Quiggin, I hadn't read that one. Ulrik Birkkjaer is one busy boy.
  14. Great choice, which reminds me - it was disappointing for me to see that Die Toteninsel was not being brought back, instead we get a repeat of Hummingbird. Did Tomasson really think that Die Toteninsel failed?
  15. pherank

    Simone Messmer

    The talk about Joy Womack going to Boston Ballet made me wonder again about Messmer's whereabouts, so thanks for this update.
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