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  1. For those who were disappointed by Lincoln Center suddenly, indefinitely postponing various dance week offerings, they have done the same with their theater offering. The stream of Carousel that was supposed to be begin tonight was yanked, to be presented at some unspecified future time.
  2. If New York City ballet was trying to do a good deed in seeking to redirect people to offerings by Alvin Ailey and DTH, as suggested by some of the above posts, this would be the height of arrogance on their part. It assumes that these companies need NYCB's help in order to attract people to online streams offered by these companies. Alvin Ailey has a huge following all over the world, and they sure don't need NYCB's help. It also assumes that if people have limited time to watch a free stream, they would automatically pick NYCB, so NYCB must step aside in order to avoid competing for view
  3. Not really sure why a stream on Monday would be impacted by Blackout Tuesday.
  4. Met Opera has cancelled all shows in the fall. The plan is to reopen on Dec 31 with a gala.
  5. I think the stars they had during the late 90s/early 2000s were equal in quality to the stars on 42 years ago (Ananiashvilli, Ferri, Corella, Carreno to name just a few). It is only in recent years that standards and quality have taken such a downturn.
  6. Yes, that was her final performance. Mr. Abatt wanted to go, but I voted no because we would be seeing it at the Met in the spring so it didn't pay to spend the money to go to DC. Obviously, that decision backfired.
  7. I read the interview the same way as ABT Fan - that Abrera does not intend to return for a farewell after the pandemic. Hopefully McKenzie will convince her to do a farewell once ABT can resume performances. I guess we will know in the fall, when they update the roster of dancers. What a shame.
  8. I'm very excited about this SAB workshop stream on June 1. This apparently will include Mira Nadon's acclaimed performance as the lead in Scotch Symphony. Every critic review I read raved about it. Thank you SAB.
  9. ABT did Anastasia for one season many years ago, with Viviana Durante as a guest artist I believe. It ranks among the worst ballets I've ever seen. Not even the starry Ms. Osipova could motivate me to watch it again, ever.
  10. I tuned in for the last few minutes of the gala. It was disappointing. Every other ballet company has managed to show extended portions, or entire ballets, from past performances. Why is ABT the only company that isn't doing that? Do they not have any past performance video to share? Is there a legal reason they can't do it? Glad I didn't waste a full hour or more on this. I switched into the sublime digital offering on the NYCB website, and it lifted my spirits.
  11. Not sure if this was already posted. Free streaming of Raymonda tomorrow on Mariinsky TV. (Tereshkina, Paris)
  12. I think NYCB will try to keep the same number of total performances, but attempt to cram as many weeks as possible into 2021 in the hope that this pandemic will abate in a few months. For example, if it could be worked out that shows during the winter and spring 2021 season added some Sunday evening performances because the fall season is cancelled, that could help to get the company on financial track. I think a lot also depends on how many weeks the Koch is available in 2021. I know they previously rented several weeks in January and March to Shen Yun, and at least one week in April usu
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/arts/insurance-claims-coronavirus-arts.html
  14. This has become a trend at NYCB. There are a lot more short women in principal roles that would look better on a taller woman. For me the most egregious examples of this trend is putting Tiler Peck in as Terpsichore.
  15. Other arts organizations have announced that their top people are either taking no salary or that their executives are taking steep pay cuts during the pandemic. For example, Peter Gelb announced back in March that he is taking no salary until Met Opera can resume performances, and that all of the executives at the Met Opera are taking pay cuts. Does anyone know if McKenzie has similarly offered up his salary to take care of the dancers? I recognize that McKenie's earnings are nothing close to Gelb's.
  16. The Joyce is the presenter of Pacific Northwest Ballet at the Koch. It's probably only a matter of time before they announce that cancellation.
  17. My refund was posted to my credit card account today.
  18. I wonder why ABT did not attempt to get this aid. ABT certainly had no trouble lining up legal assistance to investigate Marcelo Gomes. I have to imagine that they could have easily lined up the legal help to apply for this loan in a hurry.
  19. https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/dance/pacific-northwest-ballet-receives-3-million-in-federal-coronavirus-aid-funds-to-cover-8-weeks-of-pay/ Not sure if this was posted elsewhere, but PNB got $3 million from the federal govt. to pay for 8 weeks of pay. Does anyone know if other ballet companies applied for this type of federal aid or, if so whether the application were granted?
  20. https://allarts.org/schedule/?program=40996 I happened to stumble on this free opportunity to watch the Mariinsky Ballet in Jewels. Not sure when it was recorded, but Lopatkina and Zelensky appear in Jewels. If you are in NY and have Spectrum, it will be on channel 1276 at 5:23 PM this afternoon. Enjoy.
  21. I just noticed on the Koch Theater website that a theatrical production (Notre Dame de Paris) scheduled for September 2020 is postponed to July of 2022. That's not a typo. 2022. I'm assuming the reason they have not posted any info on cancellation of PNB at the Koch for June 2020 is that all involved parties are searching for a way to reschedule the engagement if possible before making any announcement. The fact that we now have confirmation that a September 2020 engagement is not moving forward seems to be further confirmation that there probably will not be a fall season of ballet at NY
  22. My question is why haven't the Pacific Northwest Ballet performances been cancelled. That engagement starts two days after Eifman.
  23. A portion of the Osipova Pure Dance program is posted on the Sadlers Wells youtube channel for free. It includes Ratmansky's Valse Trieste, danced by Osipova and Hallberg. A beautiful pas and well worth checking out. It's only available for a limited time - until May 1.
  24. In fairness, these refunds for ABT are being processed by the Met Opera, not by ABT. I'm sure the Met Opera is giving priority to refunding opera tickets. Additionally, the Met Opera is processing subscription ticket purchases for next season at the opera (if there is one!). I've noticed a little game being played by some other organizations, which is that even though the performance is cancelled, they don't process the refund until the performance date so that they can continue to earn interest income. As an example, I have an Encores subscription at City Center. They already announced
  25. I have been waiting for some time for my ABT refund. I initially put in the refund request around two weeks ago, when they first announced the cancellation of the season. IN contrast, mY NYCB refund was posted to my credit card two days after I made the request.
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