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  1. Some of the same old same old from me, but it seems like a way to get there. Buzz words: Distancing, face masks, small dance groups, audience spacing, outdoors etc. and step-by-step. The Cincinnati Ballet https://www.fox19.com/video/2020/09/25/cincinnati-ballet-gears-up-first-performance-months/
  2. Here's a quick video glimpse. "The autumn rehearsals of the ballet Seven Sonatas took place in unusual conditions: the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky worked with artists from New York via video link. ⠀"Read more about how the St. Petersburg premiere was born in our video. The first show of "Seven Sonatas" today on the historical stage of the theater as part of the Ratmansky ballet evening." (Google translation) Sometimes the video works, sometimes not. Keep trying if you're interested, It's about 1 1/2 minutes long. https://www.facebook.com/mariinsky.theatre/videos/31904864
  3. A new video. "The program is dedicated to the return of the Bolshoi Theater artists to their usual life. You will see how the first rehearsals went, the first meetings with choreographers, teachers and colleagues. What are the artists waiting for and what are they preparing for in the new season? What difficulties do you face after such a long vacation, and what comes easy? Grandiose plans for the year ahead. And no less grandiose opening of the season with the opera Don Carlos by G. Verdi." (Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie)
  4. SandyMcKean Quote: "The company already has three real-life couples in the shape of Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball, Francesca Hayward and Cesar ::, and Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke. It has created seven more bubbles to allow close contact including the superstar pairing of Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov. Other pairs include Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano; Yasmine Naghdi and Nicol Edmonds; and Akane Takada and Federico Bonelli." Seems like a good idea. Added: The Bolshoi may be having some problems. “We understand that coronavirus has not gone anywhere, the e
  5. I mentioned in the post above about the recent debut(?) of Daria Ionova as Gulnara in Le Corsaire. Oxana Skorik performed the lead, Medora. As usual from a few video clips she's very lovely. Her coach is Yelena Yevteyeva. After watching one of the clips a very pretty picture of Yelena Yevseyeva, a current First Soloist, came up.(Except for one letter they have the same name) I took a look at the video and it was Yelena Yevteyeva coaching her. Apparently Yelena Yevteyeva isn't Yelena Yevseyeva's regular coach. Are you still with me ? She's also a specific works coach. In any case Yelena Ye
  6. You may have discovered a new genre. Actually I find Ginger and Fred (I want to be a gentleman) to be absolutely charming at all times, whereas Lorelai and her mother together are sometimes more....Uhm ? (but still loveable). But you do make a good point (no that's ballet).
  7. I actually started the title with "Dance" just to get attention. This is one of the most clever and entertaining and likeable (maybe even loveable) television series that I've ever watched. And yes there's even dance. Amy Sherman-Palladino's use of dance in Bunheads, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls is worth taking a look at. Pherank suggested this here, which is where this topic began. https://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/45792-dance-and-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel/?tab=comments#comment-429563 Drop in if you feel like it and we can maybe go delightfully and heartt
  8. I'll miss Svetlana Ivanova very much as well. She's no longer listed at the Mariinsky site so I guess that it's official. Daria Ionova debuted (according to video clip) as Gulnara in Le Corsaire yesterday. Gulnara is posted in her Mariinsky profile today, so if it was a debut they moved fast. She's quite lovely in the Act I adagio. Here's the Mariinsky schedule for September with casting. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/?type=ballet&year=2020&month=9
  9. Sorry, Dirac, I can't answer you now. I'm lost somewhere in Series Two. But, six episodes a day would only take three weeks (not nearly long enough) to finish. I'll talk to you then. 😊
  10. I've only watched twenty episodes in the last several days, Helene, so I don't have a favorite yet. This might be considered obsessive behavior or it might be that the series is remarkably good. I've also been to seventeen Mariinsky Ballet Festivals. They're remarkably good too. Now I've got about One-hundred-twenty episodes to go. Then back to the Festivals. Added: Okay, true confession. I don't have a favorite, but one that I like very much (not by accident I'm sure) is Paris, the studies only, sometimes unconvincing (hopefully it stays that way) rat and also loveable, sensibl
  11. "Gilmore Girls!," Dirac, "Gilmore Girls!". 😊 If you don't ever hear from me again, it's because I'm totally caught up in this series (like most folks were twenty years ago !?)
  12. This article briefly describes the four works that opened the new season. “Four Characters in Search of a Plot” (“Четыре персонажа в поисках сюжета”) https://fjordreview.com/bolshoi-ballet-four-characters/ (Thanks to Ian Macmillan at BalletcoForum)
  13. Having been glued to all the reruns since I discovered (thanks to Gia Kourlas) this 'television(?)'-internet comedy-drama series a few days ago, I go with the Guardian newspaper from England. "If it went on for ever without going anywhere [which it sometimes seems to (my addition)], that would be just fine." https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/06/the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-season-three-review There are many moments when I don't think that I've laughed any harder in my entire life. I also attempt mental checklists of all the curves thrown (plenty) and uppers and
  14. This is a very brief video news clip showing Svetlana Zakharova (starting at 0:50) in ‘Don Quixote,” one of the Bolshoi’s first performances since the reopening. Denis Rodkin was her partner. https://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/368027/ (Thanks to Natalia at Ballet Friends) Not intended to be flippant, but have you noticed a lack of ballet reviews lately ? Okay, wait no longer. 😊 Someone posted a video clip (unofficial) of half the performance of “The Ninth Wave,” one of the short, new works presented at the beginning of the reopening. It features Margarita Sh
  15. Here are some photos of opening night. Thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/about/press/photo/characters/
  16. The Bolshoi will begin its new season tomorrow with an evening of four new works, "Four Characters in Search of A Plot". During the closing I've read posts stating that dancers were working on small scale performances with some 'Western' choreographers. This would be the result. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/99768/ Here's the casting. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/99768/roles/#20200910190000 One of these works, "Just", is by former Paris Opera Ballet Premier Danseur, Simon Valastro. Olga Smirnova will be the lead in two of its three performances. In a
  17. She'll be debuting as Medora (Le Corsaire) September 29. She'll also be The Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote) twice this month. https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/ballet_mt_women/iliushkina2/
  18. My feeling is give it a chance. If big steps don't work, try smaller ones, but don't shut the whole thing down unless absolutely necessary. Here's Mariinsky Principal Dancer Xander Parish's opinion and insight from August 19. Of course the opinions are just his own. The entire New York Times article is probably worth reading or rereading. When the company decided to hold galas, it split 16 soloists into pairs so they could dance together. Those performances, at the start of August, went well, Mr. Parish said, and were met with applause. That seemed to give the company the desire to “
  19. If I could just offer a few more general thoughts. As things progress it may well be a sort of stop and go process. As Naomikage mentioned with the Kabuki when a problem arises performances may be cancelled but everything isn't permanently shut down. The gala format, several performers on stage at a time, seems like a good foundation. As theaters such as the Mariinsky and Bolshoi build on this with small scaled productions like La Sylphide (Mariinsky tomorrow) and then full scale ones like Le Corsaire at the Mariinsky September 11 Romeo and Juliet at the Bolshoi September 15 it may be a 'see w
  20. In regard to how the Kabuki has done large scale performances since August 1, here are a few insights from Reuters News. A few things that I've noticed that are different from what we're used to as possible guidelines are.... "Actors and staff are completely different for each act, to shorten contact" (this might be significant, closer to the gala format) and musicians wearing masks (wind instruments apparently are not prevalent). There's no mention of testing of performers and staff or audience activity at intermissions, if there are intermissions. And this video clip mig
  21. Thank you, Naomikage, for your reports. It would seem that since the Kabuki has maintained large, full scale productions for over a month, that hopefully it's doing something right. If you read anything about its stage and backstage procedures it might be worth telling us about. Added: Face mask use, social distancing and testing might be factors.
  22. Yes, this could be the case but most were the same. There are videos of Maria Shirinkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Nina Kaptsova, Alexander Volchkov, Elizaveta Kokoreva, Artem Ovcharenko, Svetlana Zakharova and Serguey Polounin as listed in my post. Four more are different, all Bolshoi artists, Kristina Kretova, Igor Pugachev, Antonina Chapkina and Egor Gerashchenko.
  23. Hopefully a little light heartedness isn't out of order. As the Bolshoi roles into action next week (see post above), Sebastopol had a treat this weekend. Maria Shirinkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Nina Kaptsova, Alexander Volchkov, Elizaveta Kokoreva, Artem Ovcharenko, Svetlana Zakharova, Igor Tsvirko, Ekaterina Krysanova, Viatcheslav Lopatin, Anastasia Stashkevitch and Serguey Polunin. http://www.lunacharskiy.com/performances/show/3348 ( Yep, thanks once again to Sophia at Dansomanie ! ) And -- Introducing Elizaveta Kokoreva ! (New to me anyway from the Bolshoi) He
  24. A fair number of Royal Ballet dancers put on a full charity performance of various works yesterday (and today?) outdoors at Athelhampton House, a mansion near London. Marianela Nunez, for one, did three solos. This sort of thing may well be a very good way to go for the near future. Reviews and discussions can be read at BalletcoForum, although I'd guess that plenty of press reviews are sure to follow. Added; Here's a press article. (Thanks once again to Sophia at Dansomanie in France for this. She doesn't miss much ! 😊 ) https://thenewspocket.com/royal-ballets-very-first-l
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