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  1. Agree with both of you @Buddy @dirac - I was struck most by Mozartiana. I have to check if the demis are the same as the piece was choreographed on but their section was just so beautiful and revelatory. As lovely as I've found the ladies who have recently performed it (and performed it over the years) these dancers appeared so relaxed. Usually it's performed as if they're all afraid they might break something. But the video showed women who were absolutely secure in the piece. So much so, they ould play with it and were almost soloists in their interpreting (rather than just getting through and not messing it up). They appeared so free. Of course, all three ballets were magnificent. Nice trip down memory lane. Like some of you, I both watched the company then, have an old VHS recording and seen the previous posts on YT. There's something about the program being stream that made me sit and watch from beginning to end in nearly real time.
  2. The link for tonight's Tribute to Balanchine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AidflcJFBm0
  3. I forget, did we have a new date for the SAB Workshop celebration? It's Thursday, July 9 7pm. https://sab.org/virtual-workshop-performance-celebration/
  4. Reminder that PNB Midsummer Night's Dream is on tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg2Hy7mWhEs
  5. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to initiate change was to call people out. I support Nicholas Rose. Even before this point in time, I always found his posts full of love for ballet as an art form, its history and his colleagues. It might have been messy, but it moved the needle. It shouldn't have had to come to this. It's a shame that it was put on the shoulders of young people just starting their careers. People have been trying to instigate change via the normal, "quiet channels." Not much happened. He was very emotional but it really challenged his followers to look at themselves and the leaders in the dance world to examine a shoddy system. I was disgusted with some of the things that were allegedly said to him by top professionals.
  6. I'll put this up here so we don't have to go through the Lincoln Center website to get to the video for the Coppelia/Balanchine program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pFz5e2XufM
  7. From ABT: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO CANCEL 2020 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, American Ballet Theatre announced the cancellation of its 2020 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, originally planned for October 21– November 1, 2020. The cancellation was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. “We had planned a robust season of new work and beloved ballets from our historical repertoire in honor of ABT’s 80th Anniversary, and it is deeply disappointing not to be able to train, rehearse, create and perform,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “We eagerly look forward to a time when it is safe for us all to come together again.” “The past few months have been a time of adapting, experimenting and learning,” said Kara Medoff Barnett. “The health and safety of our artists, staff and audiences are our highest priority. We are committed to continuing to create through this crisis, and we are exploring a range of outdoor and digital opportunities. While we cannot gather large groups in traditional venues, we can find new ways to deliver on our mission of reaching the widest possible audience, increasing access to the art form of ballet and the inspiring artists of American Ballet Theatre. Without ticket sales or touring fees available to support our business model, we are grateful to our generous sponsors, donors and fans everywhere for their steadfast support through this turbulent time.” For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org.
  8. A note on the change from the website: A note on this performance of CoppéliaThe decision was made by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to stream the third act of Coppélia instead of the full-length production. The production from that time included, in the second act, the character of a Chinese doll wearing a mask and making movements that were ethnically and racially insensitive. In recent years, New York City Ballet has changed the costume, make-up design, and movements for this character to eliminate the Yellowface signifiers. The program that will stream on Monday better aligns with the values of NYCB and Lincoln Center. We commit to continued examination of this alignment moving forward. So it nothing to do with dancing matchsticks. This reason is understandable.
  9. An email from Lincoln Center: Dear Patrons, We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We have missed our audiences and sharing great artistry on campus over the past three months. During this extended closure, we have continued to assess the public health situation and sought guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. As a continued effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to prioritize the health of our communities, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s White Light Festival, performances in our Great Performers series through January 26, 2021, and performances in our David Rubenstein Atrium through January 28, 2021. While we deeply regret the need to do this, the health and safety of theatergoers, patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists is our top priority. At Lincoln Center, we’re as committed as ever to connecting you to the arts, knowing that the inspiration, reflection, and hope that they bring are vital to us all. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, we’ve taken our work online with Lincoln Center at Home, our arts and education portal. We hope you’ll engage with the captivating performances and creative lessons offered there. As always, thank you for your patronage. We look forward to reopening the campus and bringing you the great artistry that you’ve come to expect at Lincoln Center as soon as we can.
  10. Here's a streaming takeaway from NYCB's cancellation press release: "As the Company did during the recently cancelled 2020 Spring Season, New York City Ballet plans to present digital offerings during the period of time when live performances will not be possible."
  11. Press release: NEW YORK CITY BALLET CANCELS TEN WEEKS OF PERFORMANCES INCLUDING 2020 FALL SEASON AND ANNUAL ENGAGEMENT OF GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER® New York City Ballet today announced the cancellation of its 2020 Fall Season which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 22 and continue for four weeks, through Sunday, October 18, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. NYCB has also cancelled its 2020-21 engagement of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, which was scheduled to take place from Friday, November 27 through Sunday, January 3. The announcement was made by NYCB Executive Director Katherine Brown and Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford. “We are devasted to cancel another ten weeks of performances, including New York City Ballet’s annual fall season and beloved holiday performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®,” said Brown and Stafford. “However, the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences is our number one priority during the ongoing pandemic. Based on advice and guidelines from government officials and medical professionals, it has become clear that it will not be safe through the end of the year for large groups to gather safely indoors and for our artists to rehearse and interact as they would need to in order to present live performances,” said Brown and Stafford. The Company’s 2020 Fall Season would also have marked the first performances programmed by NYCB’s new artistic leadership team of Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, and Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck. “We were very excited to present our first season of programming and we are heartbroken that several exciting new works as well as the extraordinary ballets of our co-founders, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, can no longer take place this fall,” said Whelan, who spearheads the Company’s artistic programming efforts. “I am especially disappointed that new commissions from choreographers Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, both of whom were scheduled to make their first-ever works for NYCB for the fall gala, will not take place as planned. However, I am thrilled that Sidra and Andrea have agreed to return for our 2021 Fall Season, and I can’t wait to have these remarkable women in NYCB’s rehearsal studios creating new work with our beautiful dancers.” “The cancellation of The Nutcracker is particularly difficult for me,” said Stafford. “It is obviously extremely important financially, but this great masterpiece also provides a vital introduction to ballet for thousands of children each year.” In addition to the countless children who see this holiday classic with their families and the hundreds of NYCB public school students who attend one of two free matinees as part of NYCB’s School Programs, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® also provides the first on-stage experiences for more than 100 young students from the School of American Ballet who perform in the ballet each season. “It is tremendously disheartening that so many young people will not have these experiences this year,” said Stafford who is the Artistic Director of both NYCB and the School of American Ballet. NYCB hopes to resume performances at Lincoln Center with its 2021 Winter Season, which is scheduled to begin a six-week run on Tuesday, January 19. As the Company did during the recently cancelled 2020 Spring Season, New York City Ballet plans to present digital offerings during the period of time when live performances will not be possible. NYCB has also created a special Relief Fund for patrons who would like to support the Company and help to sustain NYCB through the very challenging days of the COVID-19 crisis. Contributions can be made at nycballet.com/donate or by texting the word BALLET to 31966. All contributions to NYCB’s Relief Fund are 100% tax deductible and will be matched one to one by an anonymous donor (up to $250,000) through June 30.
  12. Yes. Here's the page on LC's website: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/tribute-to-balanchine-1983-926
  13. @California Wait? Is that no longer the case? I thought this pr note was just about the Coppelia broadcast.
  14. I had originally edited my comment to add that we know that the Balanchine Trust does not like having videos of complete ballets out there as they think it will lead to unauthorized performances. If that's the reason, frustrating. They could have shown both shows (as we discussed, that Who Cares excerpt is undermined by not using the usual version of the music). But then I re-read that note about Lincoln Center and NYCB reviewing the footage...Maybe its possible the master copy isn't in great shape. I don't know. Maybe I have a skeptical nature!
  15. Thank you, rg. I think people (you?) used to call the filming of Coppelia as "dancing matchsticks" because the director chose to film from way above in the fourth/fifth ring. Maybe that's the reason they thought it wouldn't come across well.
  16. @volcanohunter Ah, Thank you for posting.
  17. NYCB announced Silas Farley's retirement, but they posted it only to their stories. But it's also here: https://dallas.culturemap.com/news/arts/06-16-20-smu-new-york-city-ballet-silas-farley-visiting-artist-in-residence-meadows-school/ I'm glad he's going to continue with NYCB's podcast. And I wish him the best. His dancing was always courtly and distinctive.
  18. I remember her from her SAB days. I always sought her out when she was in the corps at NYCB. While sad to see her go west, I was happy to see her advance and get a chance to dance all those wonderful parts.
  19. Nantucket Dance Festival is going to hold a free digital festival from June 20-25. It's unclear what that means but they've been releasing videos of remote rehearsals on their landing page (including an interesting bit of coaching Divertimento No. 15 by Suki Schorer). They've also posted videos and text chats on their Facebook and IG pages: https://nantucketdancefest.org https://www.facebook.com/nantucketdancefestival/ In addition, organizer Tyler Angle does a lecture demonstration and those from past years have been recorded: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdHmguMzblXUfP11flAvM1qQ0QAdFak2Q
  20. <sigh> Yes, that's always a risk. I hesitate posting these. It's been up for a bit and I weighed the good of people seeing it. I think it was posted by the production company.
  21. For lack of a better place to put these. Came across them. They probably weren't meant to be public, so enjoy them while you can: Ashton Celebration: https://vimeo.com/324004369 Joyce program: https://vimeo.com/324004369
  22. I think this was kept public by mistake, so enjoy while you can: https://vimeo.com/324004369
  23. Yes, I wish Lincoln Center would have made an announcement like, "we're holding other offerings back to shine a brighter spotlight on black artists. Please enjoy the The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater" etc... It would also direct people's attentions to this offering. I guess everything is moving so fast, institutions don't know which way to go.
  24. Many of us have guessed that NYCB, with all that's happening on the national stage, has chosen to hold their offerings for a later date. And maybe they are choosing to amplify a group such as DTH's offerings as that company is showing its Creole Giselle this week. I would guess (and it's just my opinion) that we'll be seeing those videos (Coppélia, Tribute to Balanchine) later in the month or summer as streaming performances appears to be good fundraisers.
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