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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects the Ballet World


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2 hours ago, pherank said:

The arrangements make sense from an healthcare point of view, but this would certainly make for an even greater revenue loss for North American companies to discontinue intermission periods. Not to mention no restroom break.  😉
I wonder if the performance times are shorter too?

Temperature checks are a very imperfect means of virus control, so it's good that everyone on the premises is being forced to wear a mask.

This was a typical Mariinsky “gala” performance, Pherank. You can judge what the length might be. I would say one and a half to two hours, but all the ‘Stars’ are there.

PROGRAMME:  July 11

I. Pas de deux from Act III of the ballet The Sleeping Beauty

Performed by Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov

II. Highlight from the ballet Carmen-Suite

Performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko

III. Pas de deux from Act II of the ballet Giselle

Performed by Olesya Novikova and Philipp Stepin

IV. Adagio from the scene The Dream from Act I of the ballet Raymonda

Performed by Alina Somova and Xander Parish

V. Duet from the ballet Le Parc

Performed by Nadezhda Batoeva and Konstantin Zverev

VI. The Dying Swan

Performed by Anastasia Matvienko

VII. Pas de deux from Act III of the ballet Don Quixote

Performed by Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim

 

The last ballet for the season, August 5, will be the first regular one, La Sylphide, which runs 1 hour 40 minutes with one interval. I don’t recall it requiring a large corps de ballet.

The article also states that the audience is very cooperative about keeping assigned seats. It’s common practice at the Mariinsky for folks with less expensive seats to try to move up to better ones, so this is good to hear.

Also the article describes extensive surface cleaning for the first training classes anyway. The importance of this has been lowered in my reading from face to face contact, but it’s probably better to do more of something than less.

 

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It's summer, so outdoors seems like a logical way to go. Here's some excerpts from --  'Companies Are Rethinking Live Performance—and Coming Up With Many Creative Solutions'

We all know it's safer to be outside and socially distanced, but that doesn't mean we are confined to an outdoor stage with chairs placed six feet apart.

EPISODE #1: REVERBERATION, choreographed by Scott, for an audience of bicyclists and pedestrians, sprawled out over three blocks on a balmy June 13 Florida morning with 24 dancers spaced 20 feet apart on the shaded sidewalks of an artsy St. Petersburg neighborhood.

Subsequent pop ups will take place in urban and park settings that provide a safe environment for audiences and performers. Wevers is being especially diligent on taking temperatures, asking questions and even researching a more breathable mask for dancing.

Now for the tricky part: to keep the performers safe. "Climbing all over each other is our physical language, so we can't really do what we do," she says. "The challenge is to maintain our language in a safe way.

https://www.dancemagazine.com/live-dance-performances-during-covid-2646226290.html?rebelltitem=8#rebelltitem8

(Thanks to Jan McNulty at BalletcoForum)

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On 3/12/2020 at 1:18 PM, abatt said:

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.

:offtopic: Oropesa singing "Addio del passato" in Madrid earlier this week. And then singing it again by popular demand.

 

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thanks for posting the Oropesa clip.  I don't think I've ever seen anyone do an encore of that aria.

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More entertaining information about 'the way it was' -

The Mask Slackers of 1918
As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/us/mask-protests-1918.html
 

Arrested on Kearny Street in January, Mr. Cocciniglia told the judge that he “was not disposed to do anything not in harmony with his feelings,” according to a Los Angeles Times report.

He was sentenced to five days in jail.

“That suits me,” Mr. Cocciniglia said as he left the stand. “I won’t have to wear a mask there.”

 

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2 hours ago, balletforme said:

It strikes me as odd that with all the medical advances that we have we are still mostly relying on strategies that were used over 100 years ago. 

The physical properties of particles haven’t changed much in those 100 years, apparently. Masks seem to still work pretty well.

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1 hour ago, nanushka said:

The physical properties of particles haven’t changed much in those 100 years, apparently. Masks seem to still work pretty well.

In reading various old articles from 1918, I've been impressed with the medical community's assumptions regarding the virus (even though they didn't know that viruses existed).

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Not entirely unexpected reports of Coronavirus among the artists at newly reopened Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters (I think only the former has had public performances); these websites are both ostensibly news sources, but I don't actually know how to evaluate these stories (esp the 2nd one which comes from a website with which I'm completely unfamiliar); I did notice on Instagram today three Mariinsky dancers I follow posting photos of themselves with masks --something I had not seen before from them:

https://www.corona24.news/c/2020/08/08/rbc-reports-on-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-infected-with-coronavirus.html

https://www.archyde.com/in-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-artists-were-quarantined-society-rbc/

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On 8/8/2020 at 4:32 PM, Drew said:

Not entirely unexpected reports of Coronavirus among the artists at newly reopened Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters (I think only the former has had public performances); these websites are both ostensibly news sources, but I don't actually know how to evaluate these stories (esp the 2nd one which comes from a website with which I'm completely unfamiliar); I did notice on Instagram today three Mariinsky dancers I follow posting photos of themselves with masks --something I had not seen before from them:

https://www.corona24.news/c/2020/08/08/rbc-reports-on-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-infected-with-coronavirus.html

https://www.archyde.com/in-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-artists-were-quarantined-society-rbc/

Thanks for this information, Drew. If something like this had to happen, now was possibly the best time with the theatre closing for a month’s vacation anyway and the Bolshoi not planning to reopen until September. There will be less pressure for folks to return until this is better understood. 

There’s a very active discussion of this at the Balletfriends Forum in russian. From the very little that I’ve read, it will take a few days for the test results to show what the exact situation is. Let’s hope for the very best.


 

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On 8/8/2020 at 5:32 PM, Drew said:

these websites are both ostensibly news sources, but I don't actually know how to evaluate these stories (esp the 2nd one which comes from a website with which I'm completely unfamiliar

The first story links to a report from the RBC agency, which is considered entirely legitimate in Russia. The second is a translation of the first part of that RBC story, although it doesn't go as far as the quote from an anonymous Mariinsky dancer describing the situation. 

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5 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

The first story links to a report from the RBC agency, which is considered entirely legitimate in Russia. The second is a translation of the first part of that RBC story, although it doesn't go as far as the quote from an anonymous Mariinsky dancer describing the situation. 

Thank you. Goodness knows under the circumstances it’s easy enough to believe several of the artists have fallen ill. Wishing everyone a swift recovery .....and prudent leadership.

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On 7/27/2020 at 12:35 PM, Helene said:

At the moment, what we have is the basic archival set-up for almost all companies, unless, like NYCB, they can get fancy for marketing purposes.  That's quite a range.

Given the pandemic, I hope there is grant money to amp up the equipment and filming budgets, because they could at least start to pay themselves off for companies who either charge or offer films to donors.

Big Ballet has a new 2020 season.  When's the broadcast? 

I wonder if the KC has any digital content from Abrera's 2020 KC Giselle and other ABT performances over the last few years.   Was the NYCB digital season Koch simulcasts? Carousel overhead shots? 

Any input on equipment at venues?  This Met product  seems inferior to the KC simulcast and is schlock compared to Wolf Trap: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCH0bfLH62Y/   Wolftrap has state of the art equipment for simulcast on jumbo screens with 5 fixed cameras, control booth, record button, optional 2 handheld cameras [used in system inaugural TWB Giselle in June 2018].  Were the 2019 July ABT Swan Lakes recorded? https://na.panasonic.com/us/case-study/wolf-trap    

 

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Here’s an article with apparently encouraging news about the Bolshoi. The Mariinsky news is less clear, but may be more serious with possibly twenty dancers infected. (Thank to Sophia at Dansomanie for finding this)

I’ve only read the article quickly with a Google translation. If you want to give it a try you can use this.

https://translate.google.com

https://www.mk.ru/culture/2020/08/12/v-bolshom-teatre-izolirovali-zdorovykh-baletnykh-artistov.html

Here is the title with a few quotes.

“Healthy ballet dancers isolated at the Bolshoi Theater”

53 dancers and accompanists, despite a negative test, were quarantined for 2 weeks

Today the test results came - no one in the troupe is sick, apparently, soon everyone will be allowed in, because some part of the troupe is now in quarantine due to the fact that one girl from the corps de ballet is ill.

 

However, the production processes in the theaters have not been interrupted, the theaters themselves have not been closed, so the rumors in the media about the quarantine of theaters turned out to be a great exaggeration.

 

[Mariinsky]

….about 20 people, as MK managed to find out from a source inside the theater, were identified last week at the Mariinsky Theater (today they passed another test there, and rehearsals temporarily suspended).

And in the Mariinsky, they say, not one person is infected like ours, but about 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wearing masks indoors because of virus particles 'lingering' in the air receives support from this recent New York Times article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/health/coronavirus-aerosols-indoors.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200812&instance_id=21197&nl=the-morning&regi_id=44177886&segment_id=35842&te=1&user_id=771dec6c17fa570d3622c6dc4c746eed

Surface cleaning may be less important. Hopefully the availability of tested vaccines early next year will end all this.

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1 hour ago, Buddy said:

Hopefully the availability of tested vaccines early next year will end all this.

If terahertz spectroscopy pans out, companies should at least be able to resume rehearsals since it will be physically possible and apparently economically feasible to test every dancer before every rehearsal.

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55 minutes ago, YouOverThere said:

If terahertz spectroscopy pans out, companies should at least be able to resume rehearsals since it will be physically possible and apparently economically feasible to test every dancer before every rehearsal.

Thanks, YouOverThere. I had to look this one up. Here's an August 1 report.


Four technologies to detect coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in 30 seconds developed by scientists from Israel are being evaluated at Delhi’s Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

If successful, these technologies can pave the way for the safe opening of businesses and people will be able to coexist with the virus till a vaccine is developed, researchers said.

The first technology attempts to detect the virus by a technique called terahertz spectroscopy. In this, a sample is taken, deposited on a chip and then examined in a manner that specifically detects SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. This does not involve any chemistry or reagents as it does in the current standard tests. The results will come in less than a minute,” said professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

[This is important] All these approaches are working well in the laboratory setting, but the challenge is to see how they will work in a field setting,” he said.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/four-israeli-technologies-to-detect-covid-19-in-30-seconds-to-be-tested-in-delhi/story-2RCpya8Pix6PViPAd1YfUL.html

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1 hour ago, Buddy said:

Four technologies to detect coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in 30 seconds developed by scientists from Israel are being evaluated at Delhi’s Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

[This is important] All these approaches are working well in the laboratory setting, but the challenge is to see how they will work in a field setting,” he said.

Unfortunately, it would be impractical to test an entire audience.

Hydroxychloroquine worked well in a laboratory setting, but not so great in the field. Of course, the laboratory setting consisted of treating cells taken from green monkeys rather than from humans.

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15 minutes ago, YouOverThere said:

Unfortunately, it would be impractical to test an entire audience.

Hydroxychloroquine worked well in a laboratory setting, but not so great in the field. Of course, the laboratory setting consisted of treating cells taken from green monkeys rather than from humans.

Face masks for the audience, I guess.

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22 minutes ago, YouOverThere said:

Hydroxychloroquine worked well in a laboratory setting, but not so great in the field. Of course, the laboratory setting consisted of treating cells taken from green monkeys rather than from humans.

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine never proved itself to be effective against the Covid-19 virus. Which isn't really surprising given the vast difference between malaria protozoan parasites and viruses of any kind. Not the same kind of entity, so why should the treatment be the same? But anyway, it seems the reason hydroxychloroquine suddenly got a lot of press was the appearance of one particular viral video (that the U.S. President touted):

"The clip features a Houston-area doctor named Stella Immanuel wearing a white coat in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building as she proclaims that a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine, zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin has cured COVID-19 patients"

More on Dr. Immanuel:
"...Immanuel is a licensed doctor in Texas and lists her practice as the Rehoboth Medical Center. That medical center is listed as being registered with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in September 2019 by Solange Gabice. We reached Gabice by phone, but she hung up when we asked if her clinic was treating COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine.

It’s worth noting also that the same strip mall in Katy, Texas, that houses the clinic also houses Fire Power Ministries, a Christian ministry run by Immanuel."

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/07/in-viral-video-doctor-falsely-touts-hydroxychloroquine-as-covid-19-cure/

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17 hours ago, pherank said:

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine never proved itself to be effective against the Covid-19 virus. Which isn't really surprising given the vast difference between malaria protozoan parasites and viruses of any kind. Not the same kind of entity, so why should the treatment be the same?

Perhaps the hope was that hydroxychloroquine would mediate the immune system's potentially deadly inflammatory response to the virus—the now infamous "cytokine storm"—rather than target the virus itself. I think that's why the drug is given to patients with certain autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

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Thanks, Kathleen, for your added insight.

Things, very unfortunately, don’t seem to be going well at the Mariinsky, according to “Rosbalt”, a publication(?) that I don’t know about. It was posted at Balletfriends in russian. Let’s once again hope for the best.

Here’s Google translation, which I used, for anyone who wants to read the article.

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Some quotes:

More and more people infected with coronavirus are being recorded in the ballet troupe of the Mariinsky Theater, more than twenty artists and teachers have already been infected. This was reported to "Rosbalt" by a source from the artistic production of the theater.

We will remind, earlier "Rosbalt" wrote that in the Mariinsky there was a difficult epidemiological situation. The director of the ballet troupe of the Mariinsky Theater, Yuri Fateev, confirmed the information about the infected artists.

https://m.rosbalt.ru/piter/2020/08/13/1858446.html

(Thanks to Mickmorr at Balletfriends)

 

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4 hours ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Perhaps the hope was that hydroxychloroquine would mediate the immune system's potentially deadly inflammatory response to the virus—the now infamous "cytokine storm"—rather than target the virus itself. I think that's why the drug is given to patients with certain autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Yes, that's more likely. And so those particular researchers were not expecting hydroxychloroquine to be an anti-viral "cure" as Dr. Immanuel and others termed it. The inclusion of "zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin" in Immanuel's mix were interesting choices. I remember early on people asking if zinc (an effective common cold treatment) was of any use against Covid-19, and the reply seemed to be it wasn't shown to be making a difference. But I don't know if there's been any clinical study done for zinc. The use of azithromycin could speak to suppression of "potentially deadly inflammatory response":


But one of the interesting things about azithromycin is that it has really strong immunomodulatory effects, so it has these kind of nondirect effects on the immune system. That means it’s an interesting candidate in terms of what it does to the immune system.

So, in vitro, there have been reports showing that azithromycin has activity against RNA viruses like Zika and rhinovirus and things like that.

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