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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects the Ballet World


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3 hours ago, meunier fan said:

The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet have announced an Autumn/Christmas schedule (including a slightly revised 'Nutcracker') of live events within a socially distanced regime:

https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-unveils-programme-of-new-work-alongside-much-loved-classics-for-live-audiences-this-autumn

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e71f7a7a-ff63-11ea-8388-5bae8b4ec9a9?shareToken=5807070bba5f5e2b38227d896e6a35c8

I wonder what time of day GMT the October 9th performance begins? I'm guessing these performances appear at the Royal Opera House Stream website: https://stream.roh.org.uk/

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18 minutes ago, pherank said:

I wonder what time of day GMT the October 9th performance begins? I'm guessing these performances appear at the Royal Opera House Stream website: https://stream.roh.org.uk/

The Royal Ballet is Back on Stage and returns for a special live-streamed celebration performance on Friday 9 October at 7.30pm BST.

I am assuming this will be via the ROH's Vimeo channel as it is a charged stream @ £16 per household much as the recent opera gala was.  

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5 hours ago, meunier fan said:

The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet have announced an Autumn/Christmas schedule (including a slightly revised 'Nutcracker') of live events within a socially distanced regime:

https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-unveils-programme-of-new-work-alongside-much-loved-classics-for-live-audiences-this-autumn

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e71f7a7a-ff63-11ea-8388-5bae8b4ec9a9?shareToken=5807070bba5f5e2b38227d896e6a35c8

Given the tightening restrictions just announced in the UK last week performing to live London audiences in December seems VERY optimistic, but good luck to them! 

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New York City Center just announced Fall for Dance virtual performances and ticket sales. As an out-of-towner who has never attended Fall for Dance, this is one of the few bright sides of the pandemic. 

 

New York City Center
Fall for Dance Festival | Oct 21 & 26

FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL

Premieres Oct 21 & 26 at 7:30pm
On demand through Nov 1
$15 digital access per program
On Sale Now

Fall for Dance is back! For seventeen years, the Festival has been part of the renewed rhythm of the performing arts each fall—welcoming dance lovers, both existing and new, to experience an array of dance artists and a variety of genres.

It is in keeping with this tradition that we are turning the lights back on at New York City Center and presenting the 2020 Fall for Dance Festival, for the first time ever, filmed live on our stage and presented digitally for you—including a remarkable four world premiere City Center commissions from Kyle Abraham, Dormeshia & Camille A. Brown, Jamar Roberts, and Christopher Wheeldon.

We are steadfast in our commitment to support artists during this crucial time and, with rigorous health and safety protocols in place, we are thrilled to have more than 20 artists back in our building where they belong. Hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and David Hallberg, this year’s Festival features artists exclusively from our great city like Tiler PeckCalvin Royal III, and Ballet Hispánico—many of whom had their New York seasons taken away by the pandemic—in a celebration of the resilience of dance and dance artists, and the power of coming together in solidarity through the arts.

While we may not be able to welcome audiences into the theater yet, we’re delighted that we are able to capture the energy of live performance on our stage and bring these artists directly to you—across the city, country, and around the world.

Warmly,

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Arlene Shuler
President & CEO
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Stanford Makishi
Vice President, Programming
 
4 World Premiere Commissions

PROGRAM 1
Premieres Oct 21 at 7:30pm

Ballet Hispánico, Excerpts from 18+1, New York Premiere 
Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Performed by Ballet Hispánico Company Dancers: Shelby ColonaDandara Veiga, & Lenai Wilkerson

Jamar Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, City Center Commission
Choreography by Jamar Roberts

 

 

Martha Graham Dance Company, Lamentation
Choreography by Martha Graham
Featuring Natasha M. Diamond-Walker

Sara Mearns & David HallbergCity Center Commission
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

PROGRAM 2
Premieres Oct 26 at 7:30pm

Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck, & Brittany Pollack, Excerpts from Who Cares?
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theatre, City Center Commission
Choreography by Kyle Abraham

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two
Choreography by Lar Lubovitch
With guest artists Joseph Gordon & Adrian Danchig-Waring

Dormeshia & Camille A. Brown, City Center Commission
Choreography by Dormeshia & Camille A. Brown
Accompanied by Noah GarabedianWinard Harper, & Gabriel Roxbury

The 2020 Fall for Dance Festival is produced by New York City Center and Nel Shelby Productions in association with Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library.

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3 hours ago, California said:

New York City Center just announced Fall for Dance virtual performances and ticket sales. As an out-of-towner who has never attended Fall for Dance, this is one of the few bright sides of the pandemic.

Nice to see this offering, and it likely deserves the audience's paid support, if only to entice other companies to try the same.

How does this Fall's offering compare to past Fall festivals?

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This afternoon in an Instagram post Tiler Peck announced her latest venture, A New Stage, curated by Tiler Peck.  In her post, she says the program premiering Oct. 16 will be the first in a series. 

www.clistudios.com/anew stage/


 

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And every school bases its decisions on 1. Local conditions, laws, regulations, and the volatility of those s 2. The feasibility of providing what they consider minimum safe conditions, based on actual real estate and budgets 3. Where the students live and whether they need to commute and how they would have to commute and/or whether it is possible to keep the dorms open, if they have them, and 4. Their own risk assessments, which would mean, at minimum, buy-in from the Board.

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If only that were true of every school. I can only name one school in my very populous county that remained closed when the law required it, and even now the county only allows 10% capacity. 

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If they're breaking the law, they should be shut down.

If they're not breaking the law, then they have better conditions and/or greater risk tolerance.

The Bay Area is extremely populous, yet got covid under control and had lower numbers/percentages than far less populated places.  Population is not, by definition, the same as risk.

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I mentioned living in a densely populated county because it means there are a lot of ballet studios in my area. California has very strict reopening guidelines right now. Yesterday the Bay Area moved into the next tier, which means ballet classes can have 25% capacity now. (Room capacity, not 25% of normal class size). Unfortunately where I live the county refers complaints to the cities and the cities turn a blind eye or suggest contacting OSHA.

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Canadian Opera Company has just cancelled the remainder of the season.  Here's the text of the email from Alexander Neef:

An Important Update on the Canadian Opera Company’s 2020/2021 Season

With the changing temperatures in the air and the fall months upon us, it’s hard to imagine that an entire summer has gone by — and, with it, continued developments around COVID-19 guidelines, including allowances for performing arts organizations in Toronto.

Earlier this summer, our team made a promise to ourselves — and to you — to explore every possible option for going ahead with the remainder of our planned 2020/2021 season. Given the ongoing uncertainties around large-scale gatherings, however, it has become clear that cancelling all our originally planned winter and spring programming is the right decision for our staff, artists, and audience members.

Affected programming includes:

  • Bizet’s Carmen, Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

  • The world premiere of our recently commissioned Opera for Young Audiences production, Fantasma

  • All special events, including our annual Operanation and Fine Wine Auction fundraisers

Subscribers directly affected by these changes will be contacted later today with further details.

I want to emphasize once again that we are incredibly grateful to our entire subscriber and donor community for continuing to support the COC — thanks to all of you, we have been able to adapt our artistic programming for these ever-changing times.

While this was a difficult decision to make, with a clearer sense of the year ahead, we’re able to develop more opera experiences for this moment, that can still be shared and enjoyed safely.

The performing arts landscape is changing and we are evolving with it.

Following the recent announcement of our Opera Everywhere fall programming, I noted that this is a transformative moment for the COC. As such, we are excited to continue forging new relationships and artistic partnerships. We’re currently collaborating with local artists, other theatre companies, and the communities around us by sharing our platforms and our home venue, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, to better amplify their unique storytelling and art.

We have also been developing new ways for audiences to explore and interact with opera — including the creation of Key Change, our new COC podcast, and expansion of our Opera Makers series for youth into a community-based programming initiative. We look forward to building on these initiatives, well after traditional performance practices resume.

More performances are on the way.

Some of the most clearly articulated feedback from our audience and artist survey this past summer was an enthusiastic desire to see more performances and concerts. We have heard this loud and clear!

We are transforming our popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, presented by TD Bank Group, into a three-day digital festival that will take place this November and are currently working to curate new opportunities to showcase the brilliant acoustics of our Toronto opera house.

As the music continues, so does our commitment to artist training and development.

Through all of this, the COC Academy — the company’s career development program for emerging Canadian artists — is as busy as ever. The Ensemble Studio, for singers and pianists/coaches, has already begun its 20/21 season, with nine emerging artists receiving customized online training until in-person coaching can safely resume. Our Composer-in-Residence, Ian Cusson, and Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence, Julie McIsaac, are continuing their residencies with the COC, ensuring that new opera creation and workshopping remains a priority throughout this time.

In addition, we’re working with local partners to create tailored musical learning opportunities for young people, especially those in underserved communities. During this time of uncertain access to educational materials and activities, the COC is proud of our teaching artists helping to keep the arts alive and accessible for students.

When we first announced our 20/21 season, we had called it “monumental” — a larger-than-life year, full of bustling activity and bold new opera. What I’m realizing now is that this season is very much still monumental — even more so, in many ways, than our original plans. This is undoubtedly one of the most challenging times in our company’s history but, together, we are moving opera forward into an exciting future of new possibilities.

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Colorado Ballet is going to try its first venture in selling access to an on-line program next month. It's not clear to me how much of the three ballets (which were performed in spring 2019 as part of the regular season) will be shown in this documentary. Normally, this company streams live performances into the schools, so they must have a tape archive and I've been puzzled that nothing has been released, free or for a charge. The dancers and orchestra are unionized and I have no idea what role they play in this absence of broadcasts. The live streams are typically the Thursday before opening day when the opera house is full of school children, so there might be issues with audience noise. 

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The Bavarian State Ballet has been forced to cancel two performances of Swan Lake after six company members tested positive for coronavirus. Macbeth and Madama Butterfly will be performed instead. For now all the dancers have been sent home.

https://www.staatsoper.de/en/covid-news.html

Interesting also that the theater had dropped mandatory mask wearing for the audience, only to reintroduce the requirement 10 days later. 

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Opera Colorado has just announced cancellation of the spring 2021 season. They perform in the same opera house as the Colorado Ballet, so I'm waiting for that shoe to drop.

 
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Important Announcement from Opera Colorado

 

In light of restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Opera Colorado has postponed all 2020-21 mainstage productions. While this was a difficult decision, we are delighted to have a plan in place which allows Opera Colorado to produce all of our postponed productions during our 2021-22 and 2022-23 Seasons.

The 2021-22 Season will open on November 6, 2021 with Tosca—rescheduled after its cancellation in May 2020—followed by The Shining in February 2022, and Carmen in May 2022. Our 40th anniversary celebration in fall 2022 will feature a concert performance of Cavalleria Rusticana.

While we will miss welcoming audiences to the Ellie, we wholeheartedly embrace this opportunity to showcase our innovative spirit. Thank you for your continued support of our mission and we look forward to embarking on this new journey with you.

 

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Does anyone know how the NYCB's benefit for Dancers of N.Y.C.B. was streamed? Or how it will be digitally presented?
Or was this all a private party for high-paying donors?

Ballet Finds Itself on Higher Ground, Overlooking Lincoln Center
Six short works, including three premieres, were unveiled on a rooftop to benefit the new organization Dancers of N.Y.C.B.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/arts/dance/dancers-of-nycb-empire-hotel.html

 

EDIT: Oh, OK - I just found this page on the Dancers of N.Y.C.B. website, titled Rooftop Barre, that explains the tiered donor levels -

https://www.dancersofnycb.com/creative-projects/rooftop-barre

 

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As @miliosr has already mentioned on the POB page, France is going back into lockdown as of Friday.

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20201028-live-france-s-macron-announces-new-restrictions-to-contain-covid-19-flare-up 

Theaters in Germany are also closing as of Monday.

https://m.dw.com/en/coronavirus-germany-to-impose-one-month-partial-lockdown/a-55421241 

In Switzerland audiences will be limited to 50 people.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/switzerland-imposes-early-closing-time-for-bars-and-restaurants/46125392 

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