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  1. As of November, the U.S. will require foreigners travelling to the U.S. to be fully vaccinated. No indication yet on which vaccines will be accepted: the three authorized by the FDA, the six authorized by the WHO or a broader list.
  2. The United States has not yet implemented any vaccine requirements for entry into the country, although there has been some talk about introducing them. On the contrary, in the spring New York City was actively encouraging tourists to visit in order to get vaccinated - only proof of age was required; any passport and hotel address would do. (A tourist was bound to spend more money in the city than the cost of the vaccine offered free of charge.) At present, only a negative test is required to board a plane for the U.S., although on the ground vaccination is increasingly a requirement to access entertainment, and many venues are requiring them of all employees. Instead, entry is pretty much banned for any non-citizen/permanent resident who has been in the UK, Ireland, the Schengen area, Brazil, South Africa, Iran, India or China in the preceding 14 days. This may be the primary problem facing Chinese and European companies. A potential visitor could theoretically spend two weeks in a third country and then enter, but few have the time and resources. (I think it's absurd. Many of the permitted countries have far higher rates of infection and far lower rates of vaccination than, say, Denmark.) For the Mariinsky a bigger problem may be obtaining visas. When Russia required the U.S. to dismiss all local staff from its embassy and consulates, the U.S. pretty much suspended visa services. It was suggested at the time that Russians would have to travel to other countries to obtain visas. Absolutely. It is exceedingly difficult to engage in strenuous physical activity in a mask, but outside the rehearsal studio, the masks often go back on. At this point, though, many have already contracted the disease and recovered, so some may feel impervious.
  3. The situation with Russian vaccines has been further complicated now that two others are being administered, even though Phase 3 trials have not yet been completed. EpiVacCorona is already controversial and is meeting with a fair degree of resistance locally. The other day a Russian dancer posted that two months after receiving the third vaccine, CoviVac, lab tests showed it had not induced an antibody response in her body. Many high-art venues have stated that they will accept WHO-approved vaccines, which goes past the FDA list to include AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac. The first has been administered to millions of Britons in particular. At the moment it is nearly impossible for tourists from the UK and EU to enter the United States, but no doubt theaters are hoping to see a return of European visitors sooner rather than later.
  4. This is a highly unusual career move for someone of her age and experience. Dancers have joined the POB after beginning their careers elsewhere, but they usually did it very early on, because the upward climb from quadrille through the competitions is a very long slog. Ludmila Pagliero did it, but she was 19 going on 20 when she joined, and her journey to étoile lasted nearly nine years.
  5. The Joffrey Ballet will require spectators aged 12 and older to show proof of vaccination. The Lyric Opera of Chicago will require proof of vaccination from all audience members; children under 12 cannot attend. The Harris Theater will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. Lyric Opera of Chicago specifies that masks "worn properly over the nose and mouth, will be required for all patrons for the duration of their time in the opera house."
  6. The company could easily exempt children from the requirement.
  7. I've seen Ramasar as Demetrius. I suspect they're afraid of the queues for the women's toilets. Lots of people bunched up together sharing air, stalls and fixtures.
  8. I think I've been misunderstood. I was not horrified by what I saw in that clip the way I am horrified by Zakharova, Somova or Smirnova. Rather I found it soulless and uninteresting, lacking in phrasing or daring or energy running through the limbs and extending beyond them. I didn't enjoy any aspect of it, not the principals, not the demi-soloists and not the corps. That's what's so dispiriting. (Although yes, I despise arabesques--and attitudes--that rise above the head, unless they're actually supposed to be penchés.)
  9. Hmm. I guess ballet has reached a point where I can't enjoy it anymore. It's deeply sad for me, but I evidently after some 45 years, I have to get off the carousel.
  10. Planes can easily fly over Latvia, I've transferred there many times myself because the airport in Minsk is a dive. And I'm pretty sure that Aeroflot planes, assuming regular flights between London and Moscow are continuing, aren't avoiding Belarusian airspace. More likely, the quarantine requirements in Britain make traveling untenable. The United States has no such quarantine restrictions, so Sara Mearns recently flew to Moscow and back.
  11. The Stuttgart Ballet in a program of works by Christian Spuck, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug and William Forsythe. On demand until June 21.
  12. Viewers in the UK, US and Canada can purchase access to the British Ballet Charity Gala featuring Ballet Black, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New Adventures, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Ballet, and hosted by Darcey Bussell. The stream will be available until July 18. https://stream.roh.org.uk/products/british-ballet-charity-gala The program includes pieces by Sophie Laplane, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Kenneth Tindall, David Bintley, Matthew Bourne, Yuri Possokhov, Andrea Miller and Valentino Zucchetti.
  13. The Staatsballett Berlin has announced its repertoire for next season. (The link at the top of this thread leads to the Bavarian State Ballet.) https://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/saison_21-22 It includes a David Dawson double bill, a new piece by Sasha Waltz, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Onegin, Swan Lake, Jewels, a Forsythe/Eyal bill and a young choreographers' evening.
  14. The Royal Ballet's stream of Apollo, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Dances at a Gathering can be purchased here: https://stream.roh.org.uk/products/balanchine-and-robbins It can be accessed until July 11.
  15. Oksana Lyniv is about to become the first woman to conduct at the Bayreuth Festival. https://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/en/programm/auffuehrungen/der-fliegende-hollaender/ https://m.dw.com/en/the-bayreuth-festival-to-have-a-female-conductor-for-the-first-time/a-55003920
  16. Sae Eun Park has been named danseuse étoile following today's performance of Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet. https://www.operadeparis.fr/actualites/sae-eun-park-nommee-danseuse-etoile-du-ballet-de-lopera-national-de-paris
  17. The National Ballet of Canada in excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty - prologue fairies, bluebirds, cats and newlyweds.
  18. Sure, especially in light of the fact that the Gold and Silver Waltz was not choreographed on an Amazonian ballerina.
  19. The director of the 1983 telecast dealt with this by showing the entire stage, so you do see a smallish Farrell making her exit, but you also see the chandeliers switch on and the couples coming on from stage right. Sort of the Fourth Ring view.
  20. At the beginning of the season the Vienna State Opera announced it would no longer be running a paid streaming service. Granted, the theater was plunged into a repeat lockdown pretty quickly, and its migration to the (paid) Fidelio platform was delayed. But the mostly Robbins program streamed last weekend was free of charge.
  21. I certainly wasn't hoping for skycam, but one camera for medium shots and another for a wide shot would have been nice. In particular the transition from Kowroski's solo exit to the entrance of the whirling couples was, um, clumsy. Had I been watching on a computer, the figures on the screen probably would have appeared larger and clearer than they ended up looking on my TV. But the music was really disappointing, not just because of the thin recorded sound, but also because there was quite a lot of flat playing, particularly in the Lehar.
  22. I've been thrilled that NYCB has been posting archival recordings, but in this case the tinny sound and single camera really blunted the ballet's impact.
  23. France is introducing a QR code that confirms vaccination/infection status. As of June 9th it will be required at any event hosting more than 1000 seated spectators. Non-residents of France have to present their Covid credentials pending the introduction of a pan-EU system. Basically, the rules are the same as in Hamburg: full vaccination or negative Covid test within the preceding 48 hours or proof of recovery 15 days to 6 months ago, plus ID. https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/info/health-pass
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