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  1. This is the smaller of the two theaters at the Pillow, and it's a total loss. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Pamela Tatge (artistic director) says they will rebuild. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Duke-theater-at-Jacob-s-Pillow-destroyed-by-fire-15733854.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-CP-Spotlight https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/arts/dance/jacobs-pillow-massachusetts-fire.html https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/jacobs-pillow-theater-destroyed-in-fire/article_0e5885d2-28db-11eb-aea2-a3d92bb1741e.html
  2. The New York Times has published an obituary. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/arts/dance/susan-hendl-dead.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Obituaries
  3. The NYT weighs in: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/25/arts/dance/alexandra-waterbury-chase-finlay-lawsuit.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Arts
  4. I don't understand all the legal ins and outs of this case, but it looks to me like Chase Finlay is appealing some of the decision. Among the many "interesting" claims this appeal makes is that Waterbury assaulted Finlay. Details: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=1w8RR10q1obR_PLUS_l_PLUS_goRiN3Q==
  5. The NYCB Facebook page has announced Susan Hendl's death: The New York City Ballet family mourns the passing of Susan Hendl, a beloved member of the Company for more than 50 years. Susie joined NYCB as a dancer in 1965 and was promoted to soloist in 1972. Upon her retirement from dancing in 1983, Susie began a career as a repetiteur, generously sharing her extraordinary first-hand knowledge of the works of NYCB’s co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with countless NYCB dancers and numerous ballet companies throughout the United States and Europe. A
  6. Between the lawsuit documents and this article, Longhitano comes across as a really lovely person. From the article (on protests about homeless people being housed at an UWS hotel to mitigate coronavirus spread): There are references to second amendment rights, and one commenter Jared Longhitano, who declined to comment further on what he had written when reached over the phone, proposed “having round the clock militias shooting these assholes.” He also suggested that residents “kick them in front of a bus if possible.”
  7. Also, Titania in Midsummer, the Susan Stroman ballets, Slaughter on Tenth Ave.
  8. I'm very happy about this. These programs really gave me something to look forward to every week this past spring.
  9. SPAC is replacing the ballet floor and looking for donations to help fund it after the cancellation of this summer season. The floor was already ordered so that it would be in place for this summer and since it was custom-made, they couldn't cancel the order. Daily Gazette article here: https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/30/spac-seeks-help-with-ballet-floor-plan?utm_source=SPAC+Master&utm_campaign=0e5c5530bf-EMAIL_GFM_halfway0810&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_506934f83b-0e5c5530bf-217250197&mc_cid=0e5c5530bf&mc_eid=bee1c0630b GoFundMe link here: https://charit
  10. This clip from John Clifford's YouTube channel has the Pas de Neuf and Valse Bluette (LA Ballet): Alexandra Danilova's Kennedy Center honor featuring Darci Kistler and Robert Lyon in the White Swan Pas de Deux.
  11. Megan posted a new interview with Wendy Whelan where they discuss their memories of Albert Evans.
  12. Jacob's Pillow is starting their Virtual Pillow series next week, which will continue through August 29th. More information here: https://www.jacobspillow.org/virtual-pillow/ Up for next week (each of these will be the first of a weekly series): July 7th at 4 pm: Ballet Master Class with Sascha Radetsky July 9th at 7 pm: Limon Dance Company (Chaconne, The Moor's Pavane, Suite from A Choreographic Offering, Corvidae)--this performance is from the 2018 season July 10th at 3 pm, Families Dance Together virtual class (continuing weekly at this time through 8/28) July 12th
  13. Le Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal is back in the studio: https://grandsballets.com/en/news/detail/les-grands-ballets-dancers-are-back-in-the-studios/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gb2019&utm_content=retourdesdanseurs
  14. The two cancelled Lincoln Center Dance Week NYCB performances have been rescheduled. Coppelia will be at 8 pm on 6/22 and Tribute to Balanchine will be at 8 pm on 6/29. More details here: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/series/live-from-lincoln-center
  15. I haven't had a chance to watch either of these videos yet, but I thought some BalletAlerters might be interested. First, there's a Works & Process video from the Guggenheim with choreography by Josh Bergasse performed by Sara Mearns as part of their virtual commissions series: Then, there is a discussion with Bergasse as part of BSC@Home (Barrington Stage):
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