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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects the Ballet World


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Hi Everyone. Although an unfortunate topic, it is a real one. I have created this page on The Traveling Ballerina dedicated to how coronavirus is affecting the ballet industry. Considering the wide reach of this forum, I am hoping that any of you that have relevant information to add will fill out the form on the article's page so that I can keep it as updated as possible. Thank you so much!

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Glad to see how other communities are dealing with this challenge.  Gary Tucker, press rep for Pacific Northwest Ballet, was quoted in the Guardian about their response to the state closing all events over 250 people as of today -- the company was set to open tomorrow with a double bill of Alejandro Cerrudo and David Dawson.  The tentative plan is to create some kind of online screening for ticket holders, but the details are still being worked out.

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Not ballet, but the performing-arts shutdowns have started in NYC... Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall are cancelling shows through March 31. We'll see what's next. 

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The Met Opera had two more March performances of La Traviata on their schedule, both of which have been cancelled.  This production does have ballet in it.   In the last one they broadcast, Mearns was announced during the curtain calls, but they don't list the dancers among the casting on their website, so we can't tell whether or not she was scheduled to dance in the two cancelled performances from it.

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Already mentioned on the Paris Opera Ballet page, POB performances through April 1 have been canceled after the government banned gatherings over 1,000 people. However, chamber concerts are continuing at the Paris Opera.

In Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and Dresden, opera houses have been shut until April 19th.

In Hamburg the opera house has been shut until April 30th.

The Royal Theater in Copenhagen is closed until March 29th.

The Vienna State Opera has canceled performances until April 2nd.

The National Theater in Prague and the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest have canceled performances "until further notice."

In Vilnius the opera house is closed until March 27th.

In Poland all theaters, concert halls and cinemas have been shut until March 26th.

In Ukraine all theaters seating more than 200 have been shut until April 4th.

Italy, of course, is under total lockdown.

In Oman, the Royal Opera House in Muscat has canceled the remainder of the season. Several visiting ballet companies are affected. (Performances had already been canceled at the beginning of the year owing to the death of the sultan, including the Bolshoi's tour of Onegin, which was called off three days before the dancers were scheduled to depart, after the period of mourning was extended to 40 days.)

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A friend just let me know that Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin is live streaming today's "Carmen" now on their website, performed to an empty house, but they've cancelled all live performances from March 11-April 19, including upcoming performances of La Bayadere, 

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1 hour ago, Helene said:

The Met Opera had two more March performances of La Traviata on their schedule, both of which have been cancelled.  This production does have ballet in it.   In the last one they broadcast, Mearns was announced during the curtain calls, but they don't list the dancers among the casting on their website, so we can't tell whether or not she was scheduled to dance in the two cancelled performances from it.

I really wanted to see Lisette Oropessa in Traviata but the remaining  performances this season  are cancelled.  Fortunately she will return next season for a few Traviata performances.

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Boston Ballet is rescheduling all performances of Carmen from March 12-22 to August 20–30, 2020 and all Boston Ballet School classes have been suspended March 12-29.

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Just got word that Alvin Ailey in Los Angeles is cancelled

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NY Theatre Ballet's performance of Sleeping Beauty on 3/15 at The Egg (Albany) has been postponed.

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The Music Center in Los Angeles is following California Governor Newsom's "strong recommendation" to close all large gatherings of people.

Here is the email notice.

"Amidst rising concerns regarding the COVID-19 global outbreak, Governor Newsom’s strong recommendation that all gatherings of 250 or more people across the entire state be cancelled, and the County of Los Angeles’ order that The Music Center close its theatres (Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall), The Music Center closed its theatres, effective today, March 12, 2020. The Music Center’s resident companies (LA Phil, LA Opera, Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Master Chorale), along with TMC Arts/Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, are also cancelling all presentations, public gatherings, tours and education programs through at least March 31, 2020."

We can expect this to affect all large performances in California for an indefinite period (although March 31, 2020 is the current date given for end of closures).

 

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from a Pennsylvania Ballet email, regarding performances tonight through Sunday- 

Given the recent recommendations by Governors Wolf and Murphy to avoid gatherings of more than 250 people, and the City of Philadelphia’s ban on  gatherings over 1,000 attendees to limit community transmission of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Ballet's remaining performances of La Bayadère are cancelled. We are saddened to bring you this news, but the health and safety of our guests, artists, and staff is our top priority.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa has cancelled all performances through March 31 and the ABT Gillespie School has cancelled classes until April 13. 

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Numerous ABT dancers’ public social media posts state that ABT dancers are on a three-week unpaid lay-off. For example:

 

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Seattle Public Libraries are closed through April 13 (at least).  I suspect many other public libraries will be in the same boat, with more activities, including dance-related ones, cancelled or, if we're lucky, streamed, like our Town Hall is planning to do.

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Cancelations have begun in Canada. Government orders in New Brunswick and Alberta have led to show cancellations for Atlantic Ballet Theatre and Alberta Ballet respectively. 

For now, the National Ballet of Canada is not following suit. 

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The opera house in Amsterdam has been closed until March 31st.

In Moscow the upper limit for events has been set at 5,000 people, which means that the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky remain open. Oddly enough, so is the Kremlin Palace, even though it seats 6,000.

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11 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

The opera house in Amsterdam has been closed until March 31st.

In Moscow the upper limit for events has been set at 5,000 people, which means that the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky remain open. Oddly enough, so is the Kremlin Palace, even though it seats 6,000.

Thanks, volcanohunter. So hopefully I'll be leaving for the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Festival tomorrow.

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I gather there have been a lot of cancellations in Japan, so this weekend's cancellation of Petit's Notre Dame de Paris by the Asami Maki Ballet is entirely typical.

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