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Boston Ballet has just cancelled the balance of their spring season:

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AN UPDATE  ON THE SPRING SEASON FROM SENIOR LEADERSHIP:

We’ve always been so proud that our art provides joy and community, especially when life is challenging or uncertain. So it is particularly painful that we must suspend the rest of Boston Ballet’s spring season in the interest of the health and safety of our community and in accordance with Governor Baker’s most recent order. Our current plan is to welcome Boston Ballet audiences back to the theater in August with Carmen, and to reschedule Swan Lake and Off the Charts for future seasons. We very much want Boston Ballet to continue to play an uplifting role in your lives, and we are committed to providing you with art and inspiration virtually over the weeks and months ahead.

As a non-profit organization employing hundreds of artistic and administrative staff, this is an especially challenging time for us. This suspension totals 75% of our spring season and Boston Ballet expects to lose well over $8 million as a result. These are vital resources that pay for the talented dancers and staff who make everything you love about Boston Ballet possible. To maintain the people power necessary to bring world-class dance back to our theaters and studios, we need your help.

Please consider doing what you can to provide critical relief to the Boston Ballet community. When you turn your unused performance ticket into a tax-deductible donation, you support our artists and staff. When you make an additional gift to Boston Ballet, you keep our workforce preparing for the moment we can welcome you back to our theater and studios once again. If you currently have tickets to Swan Lake or Off the Charts, you will be hearing more from our team about your options shortly. Thank you for being with us, for your encouragement, and for your generosity that inspires us through this period of unprecedented difficulty.

We hope that you stay well and take care of yourself, and we are so looking forward to being with you again.

Yours truly,

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33 minutes ago, California said:

Boston Ballet has just cancelled the balance of their spring season

 

And Washington just announced their 2020 Fall and 2021 Seasons. But it's all just conjecture at this point.

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The National Ballet of Canada has also canceled the remainder of its season, including a tour to London this summer and also a visit by the San Francisco Ballet next November. A new production of Swan Lake, which was supposed to premiere in June, has been delayed by a year, a new work by Wayne McGregor and Cathy Marston's Victoria have been pushed to 2021-22, and a Balanchine/Tchaikovsky bill has fallen by the wayside. So no performances scheduled until November. That's a hiatus of 8 months.

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If you've been wondering how this pandemic is affecting the Russians (and thus the major Russian dance companies)...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/world/europe/coronavirus-us-russia-aid.html

Mr. Putin said a nationwide paid holiday to fight the pandemic would be extended until the end of the month, but he left it to regional authorities to decree their own social distancing measures. Russia’s two biggest and hardest hit cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, went into lockdown this week with residents forbidden to leave their homes except to buy food and medicine, and to walk their dogs within a hundred yards of their residence.

Russia has reported far fewer infected people than hard-hit countries like the United States and Italy, but their numbers have increased fourfold over the past week, to 3,548, with the authorities on Thursday reporting 770 new cases, compared with just 182 new infections a week ago. Thirty coronavirus patients had died in Russia as of Thursday morning, the government said.

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CNN ran a story on American dancer Julian MacKay and his brother Nicholas,  who are stranded in Russia,  along with a number of other Americans.  They are trying to get home to be with their father who is gravely ill.  They were on the last plane out of Moscow when the flight was cancelled.  They are hoping to get out via a chartered flight,  but they are running short of funds.

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28 minutes ago, On Pointe said:

CNN ran a story on American dancer Julian MacKay and his brother Nicholas,  who are stranded in Russia,  along with a number of other Americans.  They are trying to get home to be with their father who is gravely ill.  They were on the last plane out of Moscow when the flight was cancelled.  They are hoping to get out via a chartered flight,  but they are running short of funds.

Good thing(?) their father is not dying from reaction to Covid-19. CNN also runs stories about family members having to use FaceTime calls to say goodbye to the dying. The MacKay's just need to get an actual flight...but that may not happen since the Russian government is likely controlling travel access.

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Julian Mackay used to post here early in his training at the Bolshoi Ballet school.  I don't see a link to the CNN interview on his Facebook Page or on his brother's yet, or to a crowd-sourcing campaign.  I wonder if they'll try.  

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I did not get the idea that the MacKay brothers were soliciting funds,  but rather that they were frustrated at having to get off the plane.  They spoke glowingly of their love  for Russian cultural life and the Russian respect for artists.  I don't know much about them,  but I did find it unusual that their parents sent them so far away from home at such young ages,  nine and eleven I believe they said.

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Their mom moved to Moscow, like a lot of ballet and figure skating mothers do in order to get the training they want. (They have two older half sisters who are also professional ballet dancers in Europe.)  It was their idea, and I remember in an interview when Julian Mackay talked about how his brother, who followed in his footsteps, was fluent in Russian in a very short period of time.  I'm not sure how long she stayed.

I'm not sure if Nicholas Mackay has graduated yet, but I've been following Julian Mackay on Facebook for quite a while, and it looks like he's been thriving in Russia.   He had a brief period in London, I think right after he graduated, but Russia is where he wanted to be.

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2 hours ago, Helene said:

Their mom moved to Moscow, like a lot of ballet and figure skating mothers do in order to get the training they want. (They have two older half sisters who are also professional ballet dancers in Europe.)  It was their idea, and I remember in an interview when Julian Mackay talked about how his brother, who followed in his footsteps, was fluent in Russian in a very short period of time.  I'm not sure how long she stayed.

I'm not sure if Nicholas Mackay has graduated yet, but I've been following Julian Mackay on Facebook for quite a while, and it looks like he's been thriving in Russia.   He had a brief period in London, I think right after he graduated, but Russia is where he wanted to be.

Interesting piece in The Guardian about how Russia now has the best female figure skaters in the world,  but they flame out after a year or two at the top.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/mar/26/the-russian-dolls-have-transformed-figure-skating-but-at-what-cost

Does this situation also exist in the ballet world?  I think Maria Khoreva is immensely talented,  but she seems to have danced every lead role in existence in the space of a year.  What is there left for her to do?

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It's easy to see why the last Olympic champion would suffer from burn-out:  she had won everything there is to win in skating, and the chances of her being able to repeat, given her technical content, which was high for 2018, but no longer, are extremely slim. (Whereas the two-time Olympic champion in Men is trying for his third, and he'd be the only man to have done so.) There's a ballet analogy there for some dancers, who are given a lot young, and like, Gelsey Kirkland, are cautionary tales.  But, at least in Russia, there is a tradition of having a personal coach, a reverence for the classical rep, and the idea that a dancer goes deeper each time she or she dances a major role, plus there's new rep that comes in every season.  

Most young skaters aren't burning out: they're being surpassed in competition by younger and more technically able skaters, where working through puberty isn't an option: it takes too long.  While there are always phenoms in ballet, and bumper crops of incoming graduates, most dancers don't generally get kicked out of the company when someone younger is better, at least immediately: they stay in the corps and don't get solos, whereas, the two-time World Champion from 2016 and 2017, who was injured in the last Olympic season and missed Olympic gold by a couple of points, didn't qualify for the national team for 2020 and lost funding.

 

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On 3/12/2020 at 9:18 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:As a lockdown alternative, you can stream Oropesa in the Verdi rarity I masnadieri from La Scala.

https://www.raiplay.it/programmi/imasnadieri

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RAI is presenting free screening daily, many marked for 30 days from the start date -- one released per day -- of La Scala productions, including the ballet.  If your buttons aren't translated, click the "Riproduci >" button.

Here's the schedule:

http://www.teatroallascala.org/it/calendario-trasmissioni-rai.html

Here's the search link for La Scala:

https://www.raiplay.it/ricerca.html?q=la+scala

 

Direct links:

Don Q (Osipova/Sarafanov, Nureyev Prod)

Sleeping Beauty (Semionova/Andrijashenko, Nureyev Prod)

 

The calendar says there was a Zakharova/Bolle Bayadere on April 2, but doesn't mention 30-day access, and I don't see it in the search results.  There's a Le Corsaire (Anna-Marie Holmes Prod) that is scheduled to release on April 21 and be available for 30 days.  

 

For opera, besides the casts, La Scala performs operas that are rarely performed, at least in North America, like early Mozart and Not Barber of Seville.

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I hope they'll release the TV only offerings to "on demand".  Some of them are on the schedule for TV after they've been released on demand, like La gazza ladra, on TV next week, but I watched part of it on demand earlier this morning.  Maybe it will also work the other way around.

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I've been occupied elsewhere, and so haven't been following along here very regularly.  Just read through this whole thread, and it's a pocket history of such a miserable situation.  Still, I'm so proud of the dance community and the way they are stepping up to the challenge of shifting their lives online.  It can't last for very long, but still -- such a resilient response!

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19 minutes ago, sandik said:

I've been occupied elsewhere, and so haven't been following along here very regularly.  Just read through this whole thread, and it's a pocket history of such a miserable situation.  Still, I'm so proud of the dance community and the way they are stepping up to the challenge of shifting their lives online.  It can't last for very long, but still -- such a resilient response!

As Madison Keesler, puts it: 'this "new normal" is starting to feel, well, normal'

 

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On 3/17/2020 at 6:15 PM, California said:

The Kennedy Center is cancelling all performances through May 10, extending its earlier cancellations through March 31.

https://www.playbill.com/article/kennedy-center-extends-closure-more-washington-dc-theatre-organizations-cancel-performances

The Kennedy Center is selling tickets for June TWB Swan Lake and is continuing to sell Hamilton.  TWB is a renter so if you're logged in it doesn't exist. This has been going on since Rutter's website update [Jan 2020?].  Articles had the KC at 90% refund while some others locally get 50-90% donate back.  https://wtop.com/entertainment/2020/04/curtain-call-dc-area-theaters-hope-to-stage-comeback-after-coronavirus/

Update 4/28/20 - TWB Swan Lake is moved to May 6-16 2021 in the KC Eisenhower.  

 

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Well Lincoln Center has cancelled all summer programming. Will there be any fall seasons at this point? I’m getting increasingly pessimistic.

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30 minutes ago, Leah said:

Well Lincoln Center has cancelled all summer programming. Will there be any fall seasons at this point? I’m getting increasingly pessimistic.

Here's the email they sent out:

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Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts programming, including Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. These festivals have brought great joy to New Yorkers for decades, in ways only extraordinary, fearless artistry can.

It is our intention, when it is safe again to gather in person, to stage a free, pop-up festival in a celebration of our great city and the selfless first responders and healthcare workers who are giving so much during this crisis.

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, we’re taking our work online with Lincoln Center at Home, our new portal helping families and communities keep the performing arts front and center. Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classrooms, #ConcertsforKids, and archival & live stream performances from across campus feature the arts from wherever they’re still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more. We are in awe of the teaching artists, musicians, dancers, educators, and staff who are sharing such impressive creativity during this time.

As previously announced, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has cancelled all spring performances and events. For details on cancellations specific to Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, you may wish to consult their individual websites.

For your convenience and in order to manage call volume, we are reaching out to ticket holders for cancelled events to facilitate donation and refund options. You may also contact your point of sale directly or call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 to speak with a guest services representative. We hope you will consider donating the cost of your tickets as a tax-deductible gift. Your support helps ensure the vitality of the arts now and into the future.

In these times of heightened anxiety and vigilance, we are holding on to the important role the arts play in our lives: they nourish our hearts and minds, teach us valuable lessons and critical skills, and help us create community. We are resolved not to lose sight of what connects us, and we hope you will follow us on social media and continue to be part of our community from wherever you are. 

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Millepied's L.A. Dance Project put together a "stay at home" video which is quite nice:

I think that's Janie Taylor doing the couch dive dance.

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