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  1. If anyone is interested in buying tickets, online sales just opened for SPAC nonmembers today and there are not very many available, especially if you are looking for single tickets. There are more pairs open, but still not an overwhelming number. The prices don't seem to have changed from two years ago and they are not requiring that blocks of seats be purchased. I'm very happy to have gotten a ticket for each of the two programs, Short Stories on the evening of July 15th and All Balanchine on the evening of July 17th. I hope to get to see the soon-to-be retirees once more. I'm actually
  2. If you're a NYS resident and got vaccinated in NY, you could use the Excelsior pass app (I have gotten it myself, at least not yet).
  3. I liked Mike Richards and Anderson Cooper the best so far and Dr. Oz and Katie Couric the least. Looking forward to seeing some of the other candidates in the upcoming weeks.
  4. I think that these rules are likely to come from the NYS guidelines for large entertainment venues. I am personally fine with these requirements--in fact, I appreciate them, but I am higher risk and still being fairly careful even though vaccinated. Also, if you are not local to the Saratoga area, you may not be aware that the exposure risk in the NYS Capital Region is currently very high. Jacob's Pillow and Tanglewood have similar mask requirement for this summer, so I think this is likely to be common to arts venues in the northeast. The bigger problem is likely to be the difficult
  5. The Times Union has also now published on this ( https://www.timesunion.com/entrepreneur/article/City-Ballet-returning-to-SPAC-in-smaller-form-for-16112500.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-CP-Spotlight) with some additional information: Amphitheater seats, in socially distanced pods of two, will cost $80; pods within designated areas on the lawn are $60 for two people, $120 for four. Single tickets will be extremely limited and available starting at $40 for the amphitheater, $30 for the lawn, SPAC said. If not sold out, tickets will be on sale on the day of a performance, subject to an additiona
  6. NYCB will officially be having a presence at SPAC this summer from July 14-17. As reported in this article from the Daily Gazette (https://dailygazette.com/2021/04/19/new-york-city-ballet-returning-to-spac-on-smaller-scale/), there will be six shows of two programs of excerpts, All Balanchine (4Ts, Agon, Jewels, Who Cares?), hosted by Gonzalo Garcia, and Short Stories (Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Western Symphony, Fancy Free, and The Concert) hosted by Maria Kowroski. There will be only 15 dancer participating, with music by NYCB pianists. The shows
  7. Netflix has been airing a new ballet-themed k-drama, Navillera (Like a Butterfly). There are going to be 12 episodes, new episodes drop on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 are currently available. The main characters are a retired 70-year-old mailman who has always loved ballet and decides that he wants to learn it and the much younger dancer who becomes his teacher and is also trying to get into a company/win a competition. Their relationship is the main focus of the drama. Other things to like about it: no associations of ballet with mental illness, abuse, etc. The teachers and dancers are
  8. The main reasons I voted for NYCB were; 1. They're the "home team" for me, so it was especially nice to see favorite ballets and dancers in a time of stress. I've looked forward to the performances each week during the virtual seasons. The recent Balanchine programming has been especially enjoyable, but I've enjoyed pretty much all of it. The older Lincoln Center performances that were streamed last spring were also great and the casting brought me back to my early days of watching the NYCB rep. 2. I appreciated that all of the streams, other than Nutcracker, were free. The pandemi
  9. She's really a special dancer. Fingers crossed that she will perform at SPAC this summer so I can see her again before she retires. Just saw in Broadway World that her final performance will be at the October 9th matinee. She will dance in Opus 19/The Dreamer and Namouna. And there's a NYCB press release: https://www.nycballet.com/about-us/for-the-press/principal-dancer-lauren-lovette-to-give-final-performance-with-new-york-city-ballet-during-the-2021-season/
  10. And Justin Peck was the choregrapher. https://variety.com/2021/music/news/dolly-parton-remake-9-to-5-squarespace-super-bowl-ad-campaign-1234898226/
  11. Taylor Stanley from NYCB is going to be featured in an Inside the Pillow Lab" on February 18th. More information here: https://www.jacobspillow.org/events/inside-the-pillow-lab-taylor-stanley/ Links to information for other "Inside the Pillow Lab" presentations, both past and future, can be found here: https://www.jacobspillow.org/programs/opportunities-for-artists/pillow-lab/
  12. Jacob's Pillow just premiered a short film about a Dorrance Dance's residency in late 2020. Watching them dance really cheered me up. Joyful!
  13. The New York Times has published an obituary for Barbara Weisberger, founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/arts/dance/barbara-weisberger-dead.html
  14. My local paper has an article today about plans for the summer for some of the many local arts organizations with summer seasons/festivals. https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Classical-Notes-15821518.php Among the small signs of hope for the summer: SPAC says that NYCB, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga are all committed to a summer presence, with discussions ongoing. Elizabeth Sobol says, “Whatever door to presenting our resident companies is open to us next summer, we want to be primed and ready to walk through it,” It also sounds like Glimmergla
  15. 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
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