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Lynette H

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  1. Cardiff Singer of the World returns this year (without an audience). The main BBC site for this is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qn4b There are usually a fair number of clips of the performances and details about the competitors.
  2. The Royal Ballet returns with three programmes. These are socially distanced perfomances, with about 800 or so seats available out of 2000 or so. One performance of each bill is also livestreamed, and can be purchasers should be able to view this from outside the UK. 21st Century Choreographers Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon) / New Kyle Abraham/ The Statement, Solo Echo (Pite) 18th - 30th May, livestream 28 May Balanchine and Robbins Apollo, Tchaikovsky pdd, Dances at a Gathering 4 June - 13 June, livestream 11 June Beauty Mixed Programme Anemoi (New Zucchetti) / Divertissements / Sleeping Beauty Act 3 26 June - 11 Jul, livestream 11 July Casting is here. Some interesting debuts - Muntagirov as Apollo for one. https://static.roh.org.uk/for/pdfs/Spring-Summer-casting-2021.pdf?_ga=2.36946528.1309649930.1620204850-2095513102.1526483954
  3. The ROH announces its revised programme for spring and summer 2021 including a series of socially distanced performances. There are 3 mixed bills "The first celebrates some of today’s finest international choreographers and includes Christopher Wheeldon’s shimmering ballet Within the Golden Hour, a world premiere from American choreographer Kyle Abraham, as well as two works new to The Royal Ballet from Olivier-Award winning choreographer Crystal Pite comprising The Statement, exploring the shadowy depths of human nature and boardroom politics, and Solo Echo, an atmospheric evocation of winter-inspired by a poem by Mark Strand, accompanied by Brahms’s beautiful sonatas for cello and piano. The work of 20th century American choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins will be celebrated in a mixed programme of work comprising Balanchine’s Apollo, with accompanying score by Igor Stravinsky; his effervescent and virtuoso Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; and Jerome Robbins’ 1969 ballet Dances at a Gathering, an ode to pure dance set to music by Chopin. The Royal Ballet will also present a mixed programme of work including the world premiere of Anemoi by Royal Ballet First Soloist Valentino Zucchetti who develops his ballet Scherzo which was streamed to critical success last autumn. This will be accompanied by divertissements from choreographers who have shaped The Royal Ballet’s history and pushed the boundaries of ballet today. The third act of Petipa’s classic The Sleeping Beauty completes the programme, celebrating both the Company’s 90th anniversary and the production’s 75th anniversary." https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-opera-house-announces-packed-schedule-for-spring-and-summer-2021
  4. Not free, but thought some of you might like to know. The Royal Opera House is streaming Ashton's Symphonic Variations. This is the 75th anniversary of its creation. Version as recorded in 2017. Nunez, Muntagirov, Hay, Choe, Naghdi, Dyer. It costs £3. Available now until 2 May. Details here https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/symphonic-variations-2017-details
  5. A performance from the following companies live on stage at the RAH Ballet Black Birmingham Royal Ballet English National Ballet New Adventures Northern Ballet Rambert Scottish Ballet The Royal Ballet There are some (expensive - £240) socially distanced tickets available. The event will be filmed and streamed on 18 June. Fee for live stream is £20. Funds raised go to the companies and other dance charities. More details here https://britishballetcharitygala.com/
  6. Exact link https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/mar/04/julie-felix-the-brilliant-black-ballerina-who-was-forced-to-leave-britain
  7. An update on how the impact on the arts, including dance, is playing out. "Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit" https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/feb/24/uk-stage-companies-brexit-europe It's all very depressing.
  8. Free Streaming from Sadler's Wells - three hours in total. From 12 noon on 28 January "A day-long festival of world-class dance featuring new works and audience favourites from big-name artists and breakthrough talent in ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance styles. Programme includes: Akram Khan, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boy Blue, Breakin’ Convention, Candoco Dance Company, English National Ballet, Far From The Norm, HUMANHOOD, Matsena Productions, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Natalia Osipova, Northern Ballet, Oona Doherty, Rambert and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. " In the UK it's available via BBC i Player but from anywhere else via the Sadler's web site https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/dancing-nation/ The Royal Ballet release another paid for stream (£3) on the 29th Jan. Fille Mal Gardee with Osipova, McRae and Peregrine the pony. https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/la-fille-mal-gardee-stream-details
  9. Not free, but thought it might be of interest. English National Ballet in La Sylphide with Dronina and Hernadez, £6.99 for 3 days rental. (2018) https://ondemand.ballet.org.uk/production/la-sylphide/ The Royal Ballet are streaming a paid-for Marguerite and Armand - Yanowsky's farewell performance for £3. Available until 14 Feb. https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/marguerite-and-armand-by-frederick-ashton-details
  10. "The first black female dancer at Berlin’s principal ballet company has accused the institution of racial harassment, claiming she was repeatedly told she did not fit in because of her skin colour. Chloé Lopes Gomes, a French citizen, who joined the Staatsballett as a corps de ballet member in 2018, said she had faced recurrent racial abuse from her ballet mistress. " https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/berlin-staatsballetts-first-black-female-dancer-accuses-it-of-racism
  11. The ROH has announced some free and some paid for streams over Christmas. Details here https://www.roh.org.uk/news/royal-opera-house-unveils-biggest-programme-of-streamed-ballet-and-opera-in-its-history-just-in-time-for-christmas?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_Dec_ENews_Friends_04Dec&utm_content=version_A&emailsource=52286 There's a lot in there, so its worth a look. Paid for stream of Enigma Variations from today. Free stream of RB in Don Q and RO in the Magic Flute at some point on You Tube. But no date for that yet.
  12. More ballet streamings announced: live streaming of the Within the Golden Hour programme on 13 December (£10) recorded stream of Enigma Variations (from 2019) on 4 dec to 3 Jan (£3). Also live concert performances available to buy - Ariodante. https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events
  13. Another paid-for stream from the Royal Ballet - Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern, recorded in 2019. Available 6 Nov to 5 Dec. Price is £3. https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/flight-pattern-stream-details It is possible that another programme, which was to be live on stage next week may be filmed / streamed, but no details available yet.
  14. From reviews in the Financial Times and others it appears that there was an interval for those in the hall, and we at home were watching something billed as live but which had in fact started earlier and was being shown with a half hour or so delay. The Marston piece is new to the RB. It is from a longer narrative work she made in 2014, based on Three Sisters, and the excerpt shows us the emotionally fraught interactions between Masha and Vershinin. There isn't much background detail available from the ROH that I've found. Kaneko and Clark have an understandably strong connection.
  15. The RB programme of Friday 9th had a small invited audience (Distanced) in the house - students from the Upper School, and some health workers. So there was a surprising amount of applause to give a sense of occasion. The evening ran for nearly three hours - good value but a break would have been more comfortable. There are two ballet programmes planned for November according to an ROH email sent to Friends. One runs 4th - 7th November, and the second 10th to 14th. For these there will be some seats available in the house, or I think you can opt for live streaming. (That's the way the two opera programmes currently on sale are presented). No details on content yet except that one is supposed to include a full version of Elite Syncopations and the second a full version of Within the Golden Hour.
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