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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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."

  4. 3 hours ago, abatt said:

    If they really wanted to increase safety, they would require proof of vaccination for all audience members.  This is what some Broadway shows are doing.  However, that would be a disaster for their bottom line since kids under 12 are their bread and butter for Nutcracker. 

    The company could easily exempt children from the requirement.

  5. I've seen Ramasar as Demetrius.

    25 minutes ago, JuliaJ said:

    Not sure how not letting people get up to stretch their legs and use the restroom helps "maximize audience safety,"

    I suspect they're afraid of the queues for the women's toilets. Lots of people bunched up together sharing air, stalls and fixtures. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Birdsall said:

    The most feted ballerina or opera singer often divides people completely with half the people disgusted by what they see or hear and the other half in ecstasy. It's actually the ho hum dancers and singers who leave a majority of people with no opinion who do not divide fans/detractors.

    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.)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


    The program includes pieces by Sophie Laplane, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Kenneth Tindall, David Bintley, Matthew Bourne, Yuri Possokhov, Andrea Miller and Valentino Zucchetti.

  9. The Staatsballett Berlin has announced its repertoire for next season. (The link at the top of this thread leads to the Bavarian State Ballet.)


    It includes a David Dawson double bill, a new piece by Sasha Waltz, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, OneginSwan Lake, Jewels, a Forsythe/Eyal bill and a young choreographers' evening.


  10. 1 hour ago, Drew said:

    I had to laugh (ruefully) asI read this. As you probably have seen, there is footage of Farrell’ in the role and her exit at that moment was SO extraordinary, I was eager to see if the camera captured even a whiff of it. Alas no—the camera cuts away to show instead the swirl of couples as the crowd enters, so you can’t get any sense of what Farrell did with that moment....and I will never not be unhappy about that! 

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. The Hamburg Opera House has just re-opened, and it was interesting to read what Covid safety protocols are in place.

    Tickets have the holder's name printed on them and must match ID.

    Spectators must present a negative PCR test taken within the preceding 48 hours or a negative antigen test taken within the preceding 12 hours; or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days earlier; or proof of infection 28 days to 6 months ago plus a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. (Not sure why anyone would fess up to having been infected if a negative PCR test is adequate.)

    FFP2/N95-type masks are obligatory at all times, the bars are closed, physical distance must be maintained and moving to a different seat is not allowed.

  14. 10 hours ago, Drew said:

    Since it's easy enough to connect the dots and realize who it must be--one is left wondering what she thought might happen when she refused to dance with a)one of the very few dancers in the company for whose height she is perfectly matched  and who is also b)one of the company's most widely admired stars. The reasons she gives are understandable and yet, taking those two things into account, the decision--at least as she explains it in this interview--still seems surprising to me.

    If she felt unsafe on stage because duets were under-rehearsed, I'm not sure she could have done anything differently. (In particular, more than one dancer has suffered a debilitating injury because of the feet-first slide in Manon.)

    But as you say, she was in a weaker position in that equation, and if he implication was "choose him or me," she ended up on the losing side.

    9 hours ago, laurel said:

    I was astonished to learn that during her decade in soloist purgatory, she was offered a principal contract in San Francisco.  Family or no, how many other young ABT dancers would have turned that down?

    Perhaps she remembered the experience of Sascha Radetsky, who accepted a principal contract with the Dutch National Ballet and headed off for Amsterdam without Stella Abrera, but ultimately returned to ABT and his old rank less than a year and a half later. As far as distance goes, Amsterdam isn't the furthest European capital from New York, but it was far enough.

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