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Helene

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  1. I think they already did the orchestra conductor meme on the original Law & Order.
  2. Dutch National Ballet has streams available of classes and performances: https://operaballet.nl/online/ballet
  3. Thank you, @California! Upper Room is Glass, and I've seen it performed live and recorded, depending on the company and theater. (Not default to recordings, like Sinatra and maybe Catherine Wheel. I don't think anyone has ever done a Hershy Kay on David Byrne )
  4. The Colorado Ballet's orchestra is smaller, and their page on the Colorado Ballet website says that they play in three of four productions. They didn't update to the fifth added (back?) for 2019-20, but the last program was to be Petite Mort, In the Upper Room, and Theme & Variations (added later). Was the orchestra scheduled to play for this program? (The 2019-20 season link resolves to "page not found.")
  5. I don't think this is the same as historical fiction. There were already protests outside the theater against Ramasar's employment, and only COVID-19 cancellations, which were not a consideration when the show was made, prevented a likely escalation from an even more inflammatory depiction of something that people recognized, but for which they didn't remember/bother to research the actual details. That is an issue for any "ripped from the headlines"-based shows that change facts substantially about situations that are far from resolved.
  6. There are a number of threads across the site that have links to free streaming during the COVID-19 crisis. I created this thread to start putting them in one place to reference. I just learned that the Zurich opera house is making free streams available each weekend starting March 27 through June. Several are performances by the ballet company, with choreography by Christian Spuck: April 5-10 (the only extended run): Verdi Requiem April 24-25: Nussknacker and the Mouse King May 8-10: Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev score) Here's a link to their website: https://www.opernhaus.ch/en/spielplan/streaming/ If you click the "Further Information" links and scroll, there are trailers. Here's the link to Mariinsky TV: https://mariinsky.tv/e
  7. Hi Elisabeth. I just searched and there are over 100 pages of posts with Coppelia references. Would you please post a link to the thread to which you refer?
  8. Seattle Opera just canceled "La Boheme," which was scheduled for this May. I don't know this production or whether it uses dancers in the Cafe Momus scene.
  9. I want to move into Kyle Davis' (PNB) apartment where he and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan did a short use-the-balcony-as-a-barre video. It's so light and airy!
  10. Staatsoper unter den Linden has released a performance of The Nutcracker from 1999 to YouTube. Their website says it will be available on March 25-26 noon CET. Choreography is by Patrice Bart, and Daniel Barenboim is conducting; according to the description on YouTube, the leads are Naja Saidakova, Vladimir Malakhov, and Oliver Matz:
  11. Following is a list of links I've found so far to Coronavirus relief funds. If I've missed any that have been posted to date, I'd appreciate if you would add them to this thread. From @pherank: SFB has sent out a notice regarding the creation of a SF Ballet Critical Relief Fund "to support our dancers, musicians, students, and staff during this uncertain time". https://www.sfballet.org/support-us/donate/ From @LadyBubbles: Some of the ABT dancers shared this link on IG a few days ago (Alexandra Basmagy has it linked in her bio) https://pages.donately.com/dancersemergencyfund/campaign/dancers-emergency-fund From @California posted the letter from ABT, with the following info: Send an additional gift to the ABT Crisis Relief Fund here.
  12. McNally was also the librettist for the opera Dead Man Walking, which, at this point, might be one of the most performed American operas, after Porgy and Bess.
  13. From the LA Times, Terrence McNally has died of coronavirus complications: https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-03-24/terrence-mcnally-dead Rest in peace, Terrence McNally.
  14. I don't think anyone edited Jerome Robbins. Otherwise, he wouldn't have worked for years on individual ballets, asking the dancers to go back and forth between version 1d, 3a, 6g, etc. There is a discipline to making choreography that is beyond being musical, involving understanding musical structure, understanding dance structure, moving groups around, etc. that can be taught and mentored, and it is often in these areas, as well as viewing for coherence and unintended repetition that a good dance editor can make. I've been thinking a lot about the dearth of female choreographers, and the argument around whether there are a lack of women choreographers or whether they just haven't been given their chance. I would argue that the great majority of choreographers are women: they do it all the time in high schools, for high school musicals, and in dance schools, where directors and teachers are constantly creating age-appropriate choreography for their students. And while many of these choreographies are considered mundane, most of what I've seen follow the basic disciplines of pattern making, formation making, spatial relationships, and having a relationship to the music. Sometimes more than the choreography I see in major companies. But back to the subject, not everyone had a driving force keeping track of what is going on in the studio, or a house choreographer who made specific pieces for specific needs, like program balance or money-makers, and for specific audiences. Not every AD is like Brigitte Lefevre, who famously called out a young choreographer in the Wiseman documentary and told him that if he was going to use the etoiles, he'd better bring material worth of them. Ninette de Valois isn't hovering over them. From what I've heard on podcasts, panel discussions, and Q&A's and read in interviews, for premieres, often AD's are shopping based on prior works, since most of the choreographers they hire are outside choreographers, and, of course, you could get PAMTTG, but, for the most part, aside from getting sign-off on the music, especially where rights are concerned, and a general sense of where the work might fit on a mixed bill and how long it is, plus the set and costume budge, the outside choreographers are given a wide berth. Especially if the AD thinks it's a privilege for them to be making a work for the company. Inhouse, especially emerging, choreographers might be subject to more advice/constraints.
  15. There are two types of private investigations: the first is the third-party investigation where the company/law firm hired does a risk analysis of the hiring company's liability, which includes whether they think the alleged victims' and witnesses' would testify willingly, which isn't always the case, especially when parents are involved and are reluctant, and/or if the testimony will stand up in court, the strength of the paper and/or electronic trail, etc.. This is what NYCB did in the Martins case: their lawyer's bio and firms website advertises themselves as such. The other is an independent investigation, where the company/law firm investigates whether the allegations happened. The wording of a negative conclusion sounds the same in the press release. In both cases, they are hired by the company or an organization/board member, etc., close to the company, like Mark Cuban did in the Dallas Mavericks' front-office investigation, and example of the latter, and where he hired former NJ Attorney General Anne Milgram. (The report was made public, and it is an interesting read.) In the course of the investigation, firms can discover all kinds of behavior that don't necessarily fit the specific allegations, previously raised to them or not, and, they can find patterns of response by the Company to those behaviors. Or they can decide that the alleged behaviors did exist, in some form or another, even if they wouldn't be held liable, and/or they might have future liability, and they can fall back on the Code of Conduct arguments without giving a further explanation.
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