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Some of the SFB dancers posted a short video project, Sequentia, which they then passed to NYCB as a kind of 'chain letter' video. So on to ABT next? Or?
 

 

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Claudia Bauer wrote a short piece about the Worldwide Ballet Class (on Zoom) that was organized by Diego Cruz (SFB) and Ruben Martin Cintas (Washington Ballet, ex-SFB).

https://www.pointemagazine.com/worldwide-ballet-class-2645925059.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

"Among the many high-quality online ballet classes currently available, WWBC stands out for offering dancers of all levels the opportunity to take open company class alongside professional dancers, six days a week. Held at 11:30 am PDT Monday through Saturday, the classes are taught by the likes of Julie Kent, Christopher Stowell, SFB ballet master Felipe Diaz and National Ballet of Canada principal Jurgita Dronina—and are free of charge."

Here's some good information for people watching these streams:

"How can aspiring dancers make the most of WWBC classes?

RMC: On Zoom you can have your camera open or closed. The dancers that have the camera open go into the first pages on our screens, and those are the ones we choose from to get highlighted during class. The younger dancers are opening their cameras much more, and we're able to showcase them so the teachers can see them and maybe give feedback. For example, Julie gives her combination and then goes to the camera and gives comments to her dancers and the dancers we spotlight. We showcase as many people as possible."

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On 5/4/2020 at 7:00 PM, Kathleen O'Connell said:

I am optimistic that one of the many organizations working to discover and test a vaccine will in fact develop one that works. I expect that the first doses will be allocated towards front-line healthcare workers, and that those workers may in fact be part of the first rounds of human testing one the safety tests have been completed.

I am much less sanguine that the capacity to produce vaccines specifically can be sufficiently ramped up in the short term to cover the developed world's population (US, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China) much less the developing world. Just thinking about the supply chain for things like adjuvants and production equipment makes my head ache.

And, I would not want to be the person to tell an insulin dependent diabetic that there was no insulin because the world's capacity to produce sterile injectables had been commandeered for Covid-19.

We can't even get hand santizer, toilet paper, and clorox wipes onto our grocery store shelves.

In fairness, the supply chain has been working  efficiently at getting hand sanitizer, paper goods, etc. to the stores. They don't stay on the shelves because of hoarding and panic shopping, which is still going on in my state almost two months into the shutdown, although to a somewhat lesser degree. The stores put limits on the amounts people can purchase at one time, but not soon enough. I feel sorry for the essential workers who can't shop during off hours.  

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7 minutes ago, dirac said:

In fairness, the supply chain has been working  efficiently at getting hand sanitizer, paper goods, etc. to the stores. They don't stay on the shelves because of hoarding and panic shopping, which is still going on in my state almost two months into the shutdown, although to a somewhat lesser degree.

There's an occasional sighting of toilet paper in groceries and pharmacies in my neighborhood (downtown Manhattan), but we haven't seen a drop of proper hand sanitizer in months. Even liquid hand soap is hard to come by. However, you can buy face masks and bleach on the street corners now from the same guys that sell umbrellas when it starts to rain, so that's progress! (I would love to know the ins and outs of that particular supply chain, which probably involves things falling off of trucks out by the airport ...)

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24 minutes ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

However, you can buy face masks and bleach on the street corners now from the same guys that sell umbrellas when it starts to rain, so that's progress! (I would love to know the ins and outs of that particular supply chain, which probably involves things falling off of trucks out by the airport ...)

OK, that IS funny. Or suspicious.

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A sobering look at the performing arts in Colorado post-COVID. This might be more representative of cities around the country than NYC.

https://coloradosun.com/2020/05/08/colorado-arts-companies-risk-failure-coronavirus/?mc_cid=ba07f973fe&mc_eid=b6e6ac669f

My personal view: our governor (Jared Polis) has been doing a great job managing this crisis and, as the article explains, there are many philanthropies helping. As best anyone can tell in retrospect, the virus got to Colorado very early thanks to people from NYC and Europe heading to Vail and Aspen for winter ski holidays. Central City Opera has been cancelled for summer 2020, but the Vail Dance Festival is hanging on, with a generous policy on ticket refunds and exchanges. I've been wondering if the covered but still outdoor amphitheater gives them more leeway for spacing, etc., etc.

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17 hours ago, California said:

Central City Opera has been cancelled for summer 2020, but the Vail Dance Festival is hanging on, with a generous policy on ticket refunds and exchanges. I've been wondering if the covered but still outdoor amphitheater gives them more leeway for spacing, etc., etc.

The Wolf Trap has cancelled all their performances in June, so it's not a given that it is easier to socially distance outdoor audiences.

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As far as the 20-21 season is concerned, there are performing organizations (dance and otherwise) that have already announced their programming, and started the subscription train down the tracks, but those who haven't made that step yet seem to be holding off.  Folks that can push things back, or make decisions about seating and scheduling later in the summer, seem to be taking that path.  In Seattle, Meany Center for the Arts (music and dance) announced their season about a week ago, and it's set up for a conventional "we will be sitting right next to strangers" format, and I was totally amazed at their assumption that this was a good choice.  It's been a couple of months, by the calendar, but it feels like a lifetime ago that this kind of season would be possible any time soon...

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On 5/11/2020 at 10:00 AM, sandik said:

...it's set up for a conventional "we will be sitting right next to strangers" format, and I was totally amazed at their assumption that this was a good choice. 

A cautionary tale from Amsterdam that it isn't just a question about audiences.

This was a concert that took place on March 8th at the Concertgebouw:

https://www.concertgebouw.nl/en/concerts/amsterdams-gemengd-koor-bach-s-st-john-passion/08-03-2020

These were the consequences: a cluster of 102 infections that spread among the musicians resulted in the deaths of a 78-year-old chorister and three family members of the musicians. Apparently no one in the audience was infected. (In French)

https://amp.diapasonmag.fr/a-la-une/concert-tragique-a-amsterdam-4-morts-30195

 

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Broadway is suspended through September 6. I’m expecting more extensions, but fall seasons in New York start shortly after that.

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Santa Fe Opera cancelled its (summer) season yesterday and is hoping that people donate tickets back.  (via email yesterday). 

I just got my first Goldstar email in what seems like forever, and every single offering is virtual, from plays to musicals to comedy to classes to online social games to a virtual tour of Sicily.  

 

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This article made me wonder if some of the ballet companies have been in close contact, in much the same manner...

The Daily Call That 200 Arts Groups Hope Will Help Them Survive
In a sign of the pandemic’s toll, New York’s cultural institutions, large and small, feel compelled to share their woes and tactics in strategy sessions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/arts/coronavirus-new-york-culture.html

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No surprise, but the Vail Dance Festival for 2020 has been cancelled:

 

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On 5/12/2020 at 1:02 AM, volcanohunter said:

A cautionary tale from Amsterdam that it isn't just a question about audiences.

This was a concert that took place on March 8th at the Concertgebouw:

https://www.concertgebouw.nl/en/concerts/amsterdams-gemengd-koor-bach-s-st-john-passion/08-03-2020

These were the consequences: a cluster of 102 infections that spread among the musicians resulted in the deaths of a 78-year-old chorister and three family members of the musicians. Apparently no one in the audience was infected. (In French)

https://amp.diapasonmag.fr/a-la-une/concert-tragique-a-amsterdam-4-morts-30195

 

Choristers are at particular risk, I understand, possibly because of the amount of air they are expelling as they sing.

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After 2½ hours, the singers parted ways at 9 p.m.

Nearly three weeks later, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.

 

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In terms of risk to performers and audiences I think not enough is said about the fact that even survivors may be left with long term organ damage. I do worry about the fate of many arts organizations.....

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3 hours ago, dirac said:

Choristers are at particular risk, I understand, possibly because of the amount of air they are expelling as they sing.

The corps de ballet as well, I would imagine. :(

And while pianists, string players and percussionists can theoretically rehearse in masks, wind and brass players cannot. Besides which, their instruments routinely fill up with saliva, which normally they just casually empty out onto the floor.

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5 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

And while pianists, string players and percussionists can theoretically rehearse in masks, wind and brass players cannot. Besides which, their instruments routinely fill up with saliva, which normally they just casually empty out onto the floor.

This actually might mean that recorded music becomes the norm for ballet performances until an effective and widely available vaccine becomes available!

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It's worth noting that in some countries dancers are being allowed back into studios to take class.

There is the Czech model.

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With the gradual easing of the measures, the Czech National Ballet company has switched to a new training system in which the dancers are divided into six groups. For one hour every day, they train in groups of 12 or 13, and this is broadcast online to other dancers who practice at home.

Czech Republic: 8,351 infections (293 deaths)
Prague: 1,915 infections (94 deaths)

As of Wednesday, the National Ballet of Ukraine is also allowing small groups of dancers to take class in masks. One of the company's principals noted that after two months of lockdown she felt exactly like Lucille Ball's ballet class sketch, but at least it was a start. However, with restrictions on public transportation still in place, many can't reach the opera house. (Olena Filipyeva, in front in the black tights and white socks, who was teaching the class, is a week short of her 50th birthday.)

Ukraine: 17,411 infections (476 deaths)
Kyiv: 2,149 infections (43 deaths)

Dancers of the Berlin State Ballet are also taking class in small groups, although the masks seem to have come off.

Germany: 174,478 infections (7,884 deaths)
Berlin: 6,397 infections (177 deaths)

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SFB just posted about their Ballet Basics seminar. The way that the e-mail was worded I first thought they meant it was going to be an in-person seminar, but they will instead be changing to a Zoom format for paying participants:

"Save your spot at Ballet Basics and get the ultimate glimpse into life behind the curtain at San Francisco Ballet.

Find out where ballet has been (and where it's going), hear about what ballet class is really like, and meet SF Ballet dancers Julia Rowe and Nathaniel Remez—all from the comfort of your home on Zoom. You'll leave equipped with more tools to enjoy our weekly ballet streams as part of SF Ballet @ Home, and to enjoy future performances in the War Memorial Opera House.

It's all happening Sunday, May 24 from 2-4 pm. Tickets are $20 each."

http:// https://www.sfballet.org/productions/ballet-basics/

So they are making an effort to return to business as usual - one small step at a time.

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