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The Royal Opera House is re-opening on December 11. However, since attendance in London is capped at 1,000 spectators, Birmingham Royal Ballet has had to cancel its run of The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall, because leaving 3,000-4,000 seats unoccupied would be too much of a financial loss.

On the other hand, the lockdown in Germany has been extended, for how long varies somewhat from region to region.

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On 11/25/2020 at 12:41 PM, volcanohunter said:

The Paris Opera is planning to resume performances on December 15.

The Paris Opera's second reopening has been postponed until 2021. The livestreamed Bayadère on December 13th will go ahead as planned.

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/news/message-from-alexander-neef-to-spectators-1

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My local paper has an article today about plans for the summer for some of the many local arts organizations with summer seasons/festivals. https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Classical-Notes-15821518.php

Among the small signs of hope for the summer: 

SPAC says that NYCB, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga are all committed to a summer presence, with discussions ongoing.  Elizabeth Sobol  says, “Whatever door to presenting our resident companies is open to us next summer, we want to be primed and ready to walk through it,” 

It also sounds like Glimmerglass will have some programming, although the Francesa Zambello says "the season will be “an adventure” and make new use of the company’s 26 acres of outdoor space.  “You will just find yourself taking in more fresh air while enjoying performances.”

 

Not sure if this was already posted, but Kaatsbaan also recently announced plans for a spring festival in May that will include performances by ABT and Mark Morris Dance Group, plus performers from Alvin Ailey and NYCB (including Maria Kowroski, Ask La Cour, and Gonzalo Garcia). Press release here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c46010375f9ee29faa8134b/t/5fd7b6bd085ac14bd12186ff/1607972543222/Kaaatsbaan+-+Spring+Festival+2021+Press+Release.pdf

NYT article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/14/arts/dance/kaatsbaan-announces-spring-festival.html

 

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The Guggenheim just sent out email about re-opening for Works & Process under current New York State guidelines:

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On March 20, the first day of spring, Works & Process will usher in the return of live performances in the voluminous Guggenheim rotunda, which has been open to museumgoers since fall 2020. The first of their kind since the start of the pandemic, twelve new commissions developed in the safety of Works & Process quarantined bubble residencies in the Hudson Valley will sequence directly into one-night-only performances.

Under the guidance of the New York State Department of Health, to a masked audience initially limited to fifty, the series premieres with one of the most iconic musical portraits of New York City, composer George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Choreographer Caleb Teicher and pianist and composer Conrad Tao, with dancers LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Abdiel Jacobsen, Jennifer Jones, and Macy Sullivan, are creating a new work that celebrates and captures New York City in all its beauty and peril.

Your health and safety are important to us. Viewing areas are assigned by Guggenheim staff, spaced nine feet apart on the ramps of the rotunda, based on arrival time. Please read our updated performance guidelines prior to completing your purchase.

 

 

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I just read this article in The Atlantic about the country re-opening:

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For advice on the best way forward, I called a few performing-arts organizations. As fraught as decision making might be for individuals, it is much more perilous for symphony orchestras, ballets, and theater groups. American families can be wrong about a relatively care-free summer and lose nothing more than an airline change fee. Performing-arts organizations face an existential threat. Their high-pressure calculations can provide a blueprint for how the rest of us should think about the near future.

“What we’ve learned this past year is you just have to try things, which is quite counter to how the performing arts have really functioned in the past,” Leah Johnson, the head of communications at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, told me...

 

 

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts had planned to re-open with touring Broadway shows in August 2021, but has just  announced those are being postponed a few more months. The problem, as this article from the Denver Post explains, is that touring Broadway shows are complex enterprises. They need theaters open in a succession of cities to make their tour work financially. Denver is doing well on COVID and no restrictions are expected at the All-Star game in July, also in downtown Denver. 

No word on any postponement of Colorado Ballet in October, but it's not a touring company. Opera Colorado, which also would perform in the Opera House in October, has not announced anything, but they rely heavily on visiting stars, so that might be an issue for them. 

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2021/04/07/dcpa-denver-broadway-tickets-hamilton-lion-king/255922/

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Not much detail yet, but Miami City Ballet just sent out email that they will perform Ratmansky's reconstructed Swan Lake in their 2022 season:

. . . we are excited to share with you an exclusive announcement regarding our 2021/22 Season. We will present the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Swan Lake and plan to celebrate this triumphant production with the in-person Swan Ball on Saturday, January 22, 2022. 

We’ll officially announce our new season this summer. In the meantime, you may address event questions to: lisa.pollack@miamicityballet.org

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Kennedy Center is announcing that Alvin Ailey, ABT, and NYCB will perform in the upcoming season: https://www.kennedy-center.org/our-story/kc50/ No dates yet:

Sharing a longstanding history of performing annually on the Center’s stages, world-renowned dance and ballet companies Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet join in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary. From their first appearance at the Center’s opening in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS featuring new choreography by Alvin Ailey, the Ailey company has been dedicated to commissioning new work to provide a global platform for diverse voices and a range of dance makers. For their 2021-2022 engagements, NYCB and ABT will celebrate their rich relationships with the Center through two programs each—one presenting a full-evening production looking back at historical classics connected to the Center’s past, and another looking to the future of each company and the art form.

According to the story in the Washington Post, the theater season is unusually ambitious as so many international companies are unlikely to be able  to visit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/kennedy-theater-musicals-season-announcement/2021/04/13/60a0c9b8-9bda-11eb-8005-bffc3a39f6d3_story.html

Part of what makes it possible, Rutter and Finn said, are openings in the calendar as a result of delays in other traditional programming, such as visits by international ballet troupes. 

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