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  1. Sarasota Ballet has sent out the following email regarding changes to their upcoming season: The Sarasota Ballet Announces an Important Update to our Fall Season in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The Company’s opening three programs of its 30th Anniversary Season will occur as specially devised and purposely filmed programs that will be streamed to ticket buyers. The Sarasota Ballet today announces that we will be offering unique and specifically filmed performances that will be streamed to ticket buyers, and will replace in-theater performances for the first 3 programs of our
  2. One of the more unique and amusing aspects of this ballet is the character of Madge, the fortune teller. One can only imagine that a young Ib Andersen growing up at the Royal Danish must have witnessed some rather creepy Madges over the years, and that they would have made a lasting impression (if not nightmares) for a child. The character role of Madge is portrayed by the lovely Tzu Chia Huang, who had retired from Ballet Arizona several years prior to this 2019 performance. Ms. Huang had danced many lead roles, including Cinderella, Juliet, Odette/Odile, DonQ Mercedes, Rubies Tall Girl
  3. Here’s the lead casting: Act 1 The Sylph Amber Lewis Anna, a tenant Sasha Vincett James, her son Helio Lima Effy, her niece Arianni Martin Nancy, Effy’s Friend Colleen Buckley Gurn, a young farmer Serafin Castro Madge, a fortune teller Tzu Chia Huang Act 2 Four Witches Alberto Penalver, Erick Garnica, Enrique Solis, Adrian Durham First Sylph Alison Remmers
  4. Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony will stream Bournonville’s La Sylphide, starting Sunday, August 2, 2020. Lately, BAZ has been advertising 24 hours only, but in reality, the Symphony has been leaving videos up for at least a week. They will be posted on the Phoenix Symphony’s youtube page: WARNING: This video is incomplete (thanks, canbelto!), so you may want to defer watching until the video is (hopefully) fixed...Still busted as of late Wednesday, Aug 5 PM... This production is from February, 2019, and shared the program with Ballet Arizona’s much heralded n
  5. And, at long last, act III of Napoli, which is definitely worth waiting for:
  6. Just for fun, here is Hamburg Ballet/Lloyd Riggins take on a more modern Blue Grotto:
  7. And, an important point that we’ve skipped over: Why was Dane August Bournonville setting a ballet in sunny Naples (of all places) in 1842?? During a performance at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in 1841, a ruckus erupted. Bournonville, who was dancing that evening, stopped to address the king’s box to ask if the program should continue… The king nodded and the performance proceeded. Nevertheless, Bournonville had committed a serious breach of etiquette by addressing the king in public, and was obliged to take a six-month leave-of-absence. Jennifer Homans (Apollo’s Angels
  8. Here’s a bit of historical perspective on Bournonville’s setting of the blue grotto: The Blue Grotto (Italian: Grotta Azzurra) is a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri, southern Italy. Sunlight passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave extends some 50 metres into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 metres (490 ft) deep, with a sandy bottom. (Wikipedia) Here are a few notes on why Bournonville may have chosen the Blue Grotto as a mise-en-scène: Bournonville attended a b
  9. The Ballet says streaming for 24 hours only, but it’s posted on the Symphony’s youtube site, and the Symphony kept Act I posted for an entire week. So watch on Sunday, or take your chances later in the week… The RDB Blue Grotto set is multi-layered, and looks rather nice even on the video. And be sure not to blink during the magic costume change when Teresina renounces her naiadship (toward the end)! Lead Cast: Golfo, a demon of the sea Brian Leonard Coralla, a naiad Kenna Draxton Argentina, a naiad Jessica
  10. Dancing the roles of Teresina and Gennaro in Napoli must be a portent of future marital bliss in real life. Alejandro and Arianni have since married, as have Jillian Barrell and Nayon Iovino, who also danced the leading couple. Perhaps there’s magic in the Blue Grotto! And Joseph (Skip) seems to always play the monk to perfection, even to the point of being called back out of retirement, be it Romeo and Juliet or Napoli... Stay tuned for the Blue Grotto (Act II) next Sunday!
  11. This is apparently the 2015 production, which used the authentic Royal Danish Ballet lavish costumes and well-worn sets. The costumes were flown in, and available well before the performance. The sets, on the other hand, were shipped on a slow boat, and, as luck would have it, encountered a longshoreman’s strike on Longbeach. They were in danger of being stuck on a ship for the performance. Apparently by the grace of the Madonna’s medallion, the sets were allowed in, and arrived just in time… Cast: Gennaro, a fisherman Alejandro Mendez Teresina, Ver
  12. Act 1 of Napoli will be streaming for 24 hours, starting at 9AM PDT, Sunday 7/12/20. Acts 2 and 3 will be streamed on Sunday, 7/19 and 7/26, respectively. Note that this ballet is posted on the Phoenix Symphony YouTube site.
  13. Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony will stream one act from their production of Napoli, on three successive Sundays, July 12, 19th, and 26th. These are allegedly posted for 24 hours only, however Act I was left up for a week. Each of these will be posted on the Phoenix Symphony’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThePhoenixSymphony/videos More info and discussion here as the ballets become available: Ballet Arizona Forum Ballet Arizona announcements here: https://balletaz.org/virtual-events/ The sets and costumes are originals, imported from the Royal Danish. H
  14. Ballet Arizonans might enjoy this Live from Lincoln Center program from 1983, featuring Suzanne Farrell, Ib Andersen, and Victor Castelli in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana. Presented shortly after Balanchine’s death in 1983, this two hour Tribute to Balanchine also includes Vienna Waltzes and Who Cares? Performed by NYCB and NYCB Orchestra, and presented as part of the Lincoln Center at Home series through July 14, 2020. Link to Mozartiana Link to Complete Program
  15. Music and Casting: Three Studies After Couperin: Les Amusements Music by Thomas Ades Amber Lewis Helio Lima, Randy Crespo, Roman Zavarov, Eric Hipolito Jr, Jackson Dwyer Three Studies After Couperin: Les Tours de Passe-Passe Music by Thomas Ades Amber Lewis Arianni Martin, Chelsea Teel, Michelle Vagi, Rochelle Anvik, Jessica Phillips, Alison Remmers, Lauren Flower Syrinx Music by Claude Debussy Natalia Magnicaballi Bri George, Sasha Vincett Naomi Tanioka, Sarah Walborn Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun Music by Claude Debussy Nayon Io
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