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  1. Not at the performance, but the dress rehearsal was reported on local TV news on the day of the performance and the AD mentioned about the social distancing changes such as the 4 little swans. (By the way this performance's Odette/Odile and the Prince are a married couple in real life) It is an outdoor performance where the weather changes quickly and temperature may drop low so it is quite a short version, 2 hours including intermission.
  2. Ballet Chambre Ouest (of Japan, Mariko Sasaki of Royal Ballet is from this school) holds a 2 week open air performance in the mountains every year called Kiyosato Field Ballet, and this year all the performances are Swan Lake with a slightly social distanced one. (no 2 act pas de deux, 4 little swans not holding hands). They are streaming a full length performance of the opening night, with Ayako Ono and Yudai Fukuoka of National Ballet of Japan last night which I saw live and was fabulous with the nature surrounding the stage. Until August 8th.
  3. National Ballet of Japan has successfully premiered their new ballet for Children "Ryuguu the Turtle Princess" There were many social distancing measures at the theatre, but as you can see by the clip, it is quite a large scale production and has some partnering, I did see 2 performances, and the concept, dramaturgy and costumes, sets were excellent. And there were some Noh (Japanese traditional theatre) and Kabuki influence which gives depth to the story and visuals although this is a production aimed for children and families. I am sure it will be very interesting and intriguing for adults as well. https://twitter.com/nntt_ballet/status/1287986575343644677?s=20
  4. National Ballet of Japan will open its doors on July 24th with a new ballet for children, "Ryuuguu The Turtle Princess" based on a Japanese folk tale. https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/ballet/ballet-for-children-the-turtle-princess.html It is a full length contemporary ballet with intermission (2 hours long) and will be performed at the Opera theatre with reduced seating. Here are the audience guidelines for prevention. The tickets were already on sale before the pandemic, but they asked the customers to return their tickets and put the tickets on sale later to meet the seating guidelines. (one empty seat on front and sides) https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/news/all/important-notice-our-prevention-plan-and-request.html The New National Theatre has already started with the drama performances last week in the Playhouse.
  5. There had been news of many job losses in the theatre world in UK these couple of days in spite of the government emergency packages, Such as The Royal Opera House laying off all their entire casual staff (including stage technicians and wardrobe staff) Such a sad situation. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/17/royal-opera-house-lays-off-entire-team-casual-staff-coronavirus
  6. The Australian Ballet's Swan Lake by Greame Murphy is streamed via Sydney Opera House's channel.
  7. Benois de la Dance is streaming their previous gala performances for 48 hours. PROGRAMME S. Prokofiev. Duet from CINDERELLA, choreography by RUDOLF NUREYEV, performed by soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet DOROTHE GILBERT (Benois de la Danse nominee) and HUGO MARCHAND (Benois de la Danse laureate) I.Brahms. Solo from RÄTTIKA, choreography by MATS EK (Benois de la Danse laureate), performed by soloist of Ballet on Rhein YUKO KATO E.Sati. TROIS GNOCIENNES, choreography by HANS VAN MANEN (Benois de la Danse laureate), performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre ULIANA LOPATKINA (Benois de la Danse laureate) and ANDREY YERMAKOV. Piano: ALEXEI MELENTIEV It can be streamed for 48 hours.
  8. Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Featuring a star-studded cast including Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.
  9. Paris Opera Ballet will return to Garnier in the fall with classics and creations by renowned choreographers, despite the work taking place there until the end of the year, announced the dance director Aurélie Dupont. https://actu.orange.fr/societe/culture/malgre-les-travaux-le-ballet-de-l-opera-de-retour-a-garnier-a-l-automne-CNT000001rl0A6.html During the renovation work, the dancers will be on the proscenium, that is to say the front stage which will cover the orchestra pit. For the classical, spread over twenty performances from October 2, "there will be essentially solos and pas-de-deux, danced by the stars, the first dancers and the first dancers of the Opera", she indicated. On the contemporary side, from November 5, the corps de ballet will dance 17 representations of four creations by contemporary choreographers like Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. The Lacotte creation"Le Rouge et le Noir" was postponed "in October-November 2021," said Ms. Dupont, adding that the ballet "Mayerling" which was to enter the repertoire in May was moved to 2022.
  10. Obituary in New York Times. Nikolai Fadeyechev, Elegant Bolshoi Dancer, Is Dead at 87 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/arts/dance/nikolai-fadeyechev-dead.html?smid=tw-share
  11. 2020 Opening Night Gala will be available until 7/6
  12. http://www.balletnews.co.uk/the-national-ballet-of-canada-20-21-promotions/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork Principal Dancer Elena Lobsanovaand First Soloist Hannah Fischer will be departing The National Ballet of Canada to join Miami City Ballet at the end of the 2019/20 season as a Principal and a Principal Soloist, respectively. Also departing the company are Corps de Ballet members Jimmy Coleman and Ethan Watts to join The Royal Danish Ballet and The Royal Swedish Ballet.
  13. And the National Ballet of Canada has just released Promotions and Retirements. https://national.ballet.ca/Ballet-News-Plus/News/2020-21-Promotions Siphesihle November to First Soloist and The David Tory Award to Alexander Skinner. This is so symbolic. (the other promotions would be mentioned on another thread I guess) Agree every word with volcanohunter. They only favor dancers that came from the school and rose their way through the ranks. (mostly Canadians) There was also a press release mentioning about leavers, and Hannah Fischer, Elena Lobsanova is leaving, as well as Jimmy Coleman and Ethan Watts. Brent Parolin (another outsider) is retiring.
  14. Misa Kuranaga often said in her interviews that she owed a lot to Ponomarenko in her Boston Ballet days.
  15. Nikolai Fadeechev, Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, People's Artist of Russia has passed away at the age of 87. https://www.bolshoi.ru/about/press/articles/memory/nikolai-fadeyechev-has-passed/ He had been partner of great Soviet ballerinas such as Ulanova and Plisetskaya, and after his retirement he coached many dancers such as Sergei Filin, Andrey Uvarov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Ruslan Skvortsov
  16. Something a little similar is the Music Box Challenge on Yuriko Kajiya's Instagram (there are several videos)
  17. Tair Gatauov, principal of Astana Opera and Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan passed away because of traffic accident on June 10th. Astana Opera streamed La Bayadere with Tair as Solor in honour of this artist. Here is a profile video of him.
  18. According to this article (interview with Lissner) https://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2020/06/11/stephane-lissner-l-opera-de-paris-est-a-genoux_6042522_3246.html Ballet Gala, Schechter/Robbins/Pite, Cherkaoui/Eyal/Ashton, Jiri Kylian will be cancelled. La Bayadere is supposed to open at Bastille in December.
  19. Soloist Alexandre Hammoudi will say goodbye to the company and here is the video where he talks about his memories at ABT. It is sad that he will leave the company without a farewell, as the MET spring season was cancelled but best of luck to his future plans.
  20. National Ballet of Japan will stream MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet with Ayako Ono and Yudai Fukuoka. Available from Friday, May 29th for a week. https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/news/all/nntt-at-home.html
  21. It may be available for a short period but I liked this Coppelia from Novosibirsk Ballet. Anna Jarova is just lovely with good technique and the production, especially the costumes are lovely. https://www.russianseasons.org/ru/live/balet-koppeliya-spektakl-novosibirskogo-gosudarstvennogo-akademicheskogo-teatra-opery-i-baleta/
  22. Sleeping Beauty by Mariinsky Ballet Primorsky Stage, starring Ekaterina Osmolkina and Kimin Kim, starting in an hour.
  23. Kent Stowell's Swan Lake Free Full Recording Pacific Northwest Ballet on Friday, May 22 at 7pm PST The film will be available for viewing through Wednesday, May 27 at 11:59pm PST. CASTING Odette/Odile - Noelani Pantastico Prince Siegfriend - Seth Orza Originally filmed at the dress rehearsal of Swan Lake on February 1, 2018.
  24. From Isabelle Guerin's instagram, a beautiful tribute to the essential workers by the former etoiles at Paris Opera Ballet. A star studded performance- Guerin, Loudieres, Legris, Romoli. Letestu, Martinez, Ciaravola, Guizerix, Maurin, Le Riche and Osta, Gaida, Arbo, Pujol, Moussin, Pech, Paquette J.G. Bart and more. or a clearer video here.
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