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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects the Ballet World


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13 hours ago, Helene said:

I think the biggest issue in Canada is the lag in perception that government grants take care of the arts with the practice and expectation of donating to support them.  Too many people think the situation is back when they were growing up or young adults.

Of course European subsidies are not guaranteed either, as when the local government pulled the plug on Ballet Frankfurt, despite Forsythe's international reputation. 

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On 4/15/2020 at 8:47 PM, Quiggin said:

PS – I am surprised about the compliance and non compliance with the mask rule in San Francisco. In the mornings in my mid-Polk neighborhood virtually everyone wears them as they go about their shopping. You see fewer in the afternoon, fewest in late afternoons, none on the joggers who run along the commercial street instead of the side streets, but a fair number on bicyclists. You also see classic leftist/libertarian couples, one with a mask, one without.

There's now a couple of articles that address people's concern about exercising in the open during the pandemic, and the likelihood of transition via packages and the like...

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?
We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/well/live/coronavirus-contagion-spead-clothes-shoes-hair-newspaper-packages-mail-infectious.html


For Runners, Is 15 Feet the New 6 Feet for Social Distancing?
When we walk briskly or run, air moves differently around us, increasing the space required to maintain a proper social distance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/well/move/running-social-distancing.html

 

Hopefully this kind of information will be taken into account when the authorities decide how much businesses can truly "open up".

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24 minutes ago, pherank said:

There's now a couple of articles that address people's concern about exercising in the open during the pandemic, and the likelihood of transition via packages and the like...

Thanks, pherank, those are helpful. The Clothes/Shoes/Hair/Newspaper article helps set up a sensible hierachy of concerns. Taking off your shoes in the entry has always been a good idea anyway with all the dogs and spit and stormwater/drain runoff out there. I tend to have a dedicated pair of trousers by the door for outdoor excursions and bicycling but not for short trips to the mailbox or to the rooftop.

The findings on jogging were good too, with rules of thumb for passing others. (In the old days, actually not so long ago, bicyclists would give a gentle warning, "passing on your left," before coming up alongside you.)

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The implication of these findings, Dr. Blocken says, is that to keep social distance, runners and walkers should swing well wide when passing other people and not cut back sharply in front of them after passing.

“Be nice and wait awhile before you move back in front of anyone,” Dr. Blocken told me, preferably spacing yourself at least 15 feet or more in front.

 

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2 hours ago, pherank said:

There's now a couple of articles that address people's concern about exercising in the open during the pandemic, and the likelihood of transition via packages and the like...

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?
We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/well/live/coronavirus-contagion-spead-clothes-shoes-hair-newspaper-packages-mail-infectious.html


For Runners, Is 15 Feet the New 6 Feet for Social Distancing?
When we walk briskly or run, air moves differently around us, increasing the space required to maintain a proper social distance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/well/move/running-social-distancing.html

 

Hopefully this kind of information will be taken into account when the authorities decide how much businesses can truly "open up".

Wow! If this is true, running should probably be prohibited, and maybe taking walks as well. But I'm skeptical that the density of droplets and aerosols would be large enough that a person more than a few feet away would inhale enough virus particles to get infected. At least I hope so; with the gym closed I've taken up running because I want my heart and lungs to be at as high a capacity as possible in case I get infected.

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56 minutes ago, YouOverThere said:

Wow! If this is true, running should probably be prohibited, and maybe taking walks as well. But I'm skeptical that the density of droplets and aerosols would be large enough that a person more than a few feet away would inhale enough virus particles to get infected. At least I hope so; with the gym closed I've taken up running because I want my heart and lungs to be at as high a capacity as possible in case I get infected.

Do you live in the inner city? Unless you're running along sidewalks constantly dodging other runners and walkers it really shouldn't be a problem. It's all about close proximity, and avoiding it. No one should run beside or in back of someone else if you want reliable protection. If you have a City Cycling Mask that would help. That type is easier to breathe through. Or one of those hiker's neck gaiter masks. Amazon has that kind of thing.

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Thank you, YouOverThere, for posting that link to the Washington Post article. I was about to do it, a couple of hours after you.

The way the article is organised into discrete sections is interesting, and raises some profound questions — all the more striking because most of them come from the Russian dancers interviewed for the article. The comments section after the article is good too.

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33 minutes ago, cyclingmartin said:

Thank you, YouOverThere, for posting that link to the Washington Post article. I was about to do it, a couple of hours after you.

The way the article is organised into discrete sections is interesting, and raises some profound questions — all the more striking because most of them come from the Russian dancers interviewed for the article. The comments section after the article is good too.

I was unable to bypass the pay wall. Does anyone know how to do this without subscribing?

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20 minutes ago, Marta said:

I was unable to bypass the pay wall. Does anyone know how to do this without subscribing?

Likely they keep track of how many time you visit the WP, and force you to sign in or subscribe after, say, three free page views. At the very least, you will need to clear the browser cache and all browser cookies, and close and re-open your browser to try accessing that page again. But if they are keeping track of IP addresses, as in how many times in a day your public IP address has visited their website, then you will still get blocked.

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In the UK you can sign up to an account that gives you access to one or two articles a month (or is it a week?). That's how I got in. I don't know if that's available in the USA.

Pherank is right; and from my memories of trying to read without subscribing, I'm pretty certain that they do track your IP address.

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56 minutes ago, Marta said:

I was unable to bypass the pay wall. Does anyone know how to do this without subscribing?

It also at least used to be the case that if you googled the article title ("Bolshoi in the kitchen: Russian ballet is also working from home during lockdown") and accessed it from there, that would sometimes work as a paywall workaround. (I remember this specifically with the Times, not sure about WaPo).

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11 minutes ago, nanushka said:

It also at least used to be the case that if you googled the article title ("Bolshoi in the kitchen: Russian ballet is also working from home during lockdown") and accessed it from there, that would sometimes work as a paywall workaround. (I remember this specifically with the Times, not sure about WaPo).

So that people coming from a Google search don't have a "bad experience".  ;)

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My question is why haven't the Pacific Northwest Ballet performances been cancelled.  That engagement starts two days after Eifman.

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5 minutes ago, abatt said:

My question is why haven't the Pacific Northwest Ballet performances been cancelled.  That engagement starts two days after Eifman.

My guess is that they want to process the exchanges/refunds in batches. I have to say, they were extraordinarily efficient in processing my exchange—I got a reply confirmation within 10 minutes of emailing. So I would expect PNB to follow later this week or early next week.

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1 hour ago, abatt said:

My question is why haven't the Pacific Northwest Ballet performances been cancelled.  That engagement starts two days after Eifman.

I have wondered the same thing. I actually still have a ticket that I was  going to use after a Swan Lake blitz at ABT. PNB has postponed their summer program in Idaho to August. Assume the June  NYC engagement will be cancelled, too.

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14 minutes ago, Leah said:

La Scala will reopen in September with Verdi’s Requiem to honor Covid victims. If the rest of the world is assumed to be a couple months behind Italy there may be hope for Nutcrackers yet.

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2020/04/27/la-scala-riaprire-a-settembre-con-il-requiem_8fb4cae5-b1d7-40ba-9b42-a55ea1087100.html

That's pretty impressive! I've also been watching Germany, which has a terrible pandemic -- but it's being managed by scientists (most notably Angela Merkel, a PhD quantum physicist).  I haven't seen any announcements from the German companies about re-opening.

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20 minutes ago, Leah said:

La Scala will reopen in September with Verdi’s Requiem to honor Covid victims. If the rest of the world is assumed to be a couple months behind Italy there may be hope for Nutcrackers yet.

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2020/04/27/la-scala-riaprire-a-settembre-con-il-requiem_8fb4cae5-b1d7-40ba-9b42-a55ea1087100.html

I have tickets for La Scala's Onegin (with Nunez and Bolle) at Segerstrom July 31 - August 2, but I'm not optimistic about that one.

https://www.scfta.org/events/2020/teatro-alla-scala-ballet

They're also scheduled for the Music Center the week before in Giselle with Hallberg and Nunez, July 24-26.

https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/glorya-kaufman-dance/teatro-alla-scala/

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35 minutes ago, California said:

I haven't seen any announcements from the German companies about re-opening.

Last week most of them announced the cancellation of the remainder of the season. Most of them have also announced their plans for next season, so I suppose the working assumption is that they will go ahead as planned, barring a further extension of the quarantine.

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50 minutes ago, California said:

I have tickets for La Scala's Onegin (with Nunez and Bolle) at Segerstrom July 31 - August 2, but I'm not optimistic about that one.

https://www.scfta.org/events/2020/teatro-alla-scala-ballet

They're also scheduled for the Music Center the week before in Giselle with Hallberg and Nunez, July 24-26.

https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/glorya-kaufman-dance/teatro-alla-scala/

Even if SoCal is open then I doubt the dancers will be able to travel. I don’t see any tours happening until 2021 at the very earliest.

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