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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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 NYCB in Sept/Oct 2020.
  4. My question is why haven't the Pacific Northwest Ballet performances been cancelled. That engagement starts two days after Eifman.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 that performances in May of Encores are cancelled. However, they will not process the refunds for the May performances until the actual performance date (May 6). Sleazy, in my opinion.
  7. 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.
  8. I agree with California. People will not feel safe until a vaccine is created and most of the population has been vaccinated. Even if you already had the virus, the experts say that the immunity is only temporary.
  9. The Met Opera has 3,800 seats, plus 200 standing room spots. Add the orchestra, stage crew, other staff and orchestra to that sum, and you have a gathering of around 5,000.
  10. https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9359311/new-york-la-live-events-not-until-2021-mayors And NY's Mayor deBlasio agrees. No public gatherings until 2021.
  11. https://news.yahoo.com/los-angeles-mayor-says-large-213731141.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9zZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tL3locy9zZWFyY2g_aHNwYXJ0PUxrcnkmaHNpbXA9eWhzLVNGMDEmdHlwZT1BTllTX0ExSzZCX2\ The mayor of Los Angeles has indicated that large gatherings will not be taking place until 2021. Assuming NY follows this thinking, this is a highly depressing reality.
  12. Yes, all the drawbacks of living in New York City come into sharp focus when you remove culture, restaurants, sporting events and so on from the equation. This is just an overpriced, overcrowded, filthy city without any of the positives to counterbalance the negatives.
  13. How sad. Will we ever get to give Stella the send off she deserves? This was to be the year of Tom Forster. How much longer will he have to wait for those opportunities.
  14. At a certain point in the very very near future ABT is going to have to step up and make an announcement about the spring season. They are the last holdouts. (Broadway League just announced that shows won't open until June at the earliest. Every other arts organization has cancelled through the end of this season.)
  15. Thank you for your post Christian. Stay strong and thank you for the work you and all medical professionals are doing. Best wishes to you and your family.
  16. This suggests that the cancellation of operas will extend beyond Mar 31, although I'm not aware of any formal announcement yet. Carnegie Hall has officially cancelled all shows through May 10. That comports with the CDC's rec. that all gatherings of 50+ should be suspended for 8 weeks.
  17. no,I've gotten a credit to my account. Today I requested a refund via email. I received an acknowledgement of my email with a statement that due to the high volume of requests they would be unable to process the request for 7-10 days. So far the only refunds credited to my credit card have been from the Koch for the YAGP gala and from BAM. I'm waiting on refunds from Carnegie, NY Phil, Met Opera and City Center.
  18. It's on the Koch website. All YAGP events cancelled. I already got my refund by calling the box office.
  19. The Fleming Hvorostovsky Onegin is a gem. It's the only opera performance that has ever brought tears to my eyes.
  20. CDC is recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks.
  21. Arts organizations can purchase business interruption insurance. The Broadway theaters were waiting for Cuomo to ban gatherings of over 1,000 people before they announced the shut downs. The government edict was essential to the decision to close from the standpoint of being able to collect the insurance.
  22. I've been down this road with Met in prior seasons. The folks at the box office have said that ABT is a separate entity, so any funds in the opera account cannot be applied to purchase ballet tickets.
  23. If you figure it out please share. I do not see any way to convert the funds to a refund just by logging into my account. I have many opera tickets in March and hell will freeze over before I allow all that money to end up as a Met donation.
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