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2021: Free Streaming during COVID-19 Crisis

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This has been mentioned upthread, but today at 19:30 CEST/1:30 pm Eastern the Bavarian State Ballet will stream Broken Fall by Russell Maliphant, Bedroom Folk by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar and With a Chance of Rain by the late Liam Scarlett. The program will not be available on demand after the initial stream.


Given that, I wish I could post a better link to the stream, since the Bavarian State Opera site is not especially user-friendly.


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As noted above, the Bayerische Staatsballett is presenting a week of live streams (Digitale Ballettfestwoche 2021). Here's the schedule for the remaining streams, which all begin at 7:30 PM Munich time (CEST) / 1:30 PM EST. NOTE: These are livestreams and won't be available for on-demand viewing after the initial stream.

You can find each day's stream here: https://www.operlive.de

Here are the remaining streams. (The link will take you to a page with more program information. It will not take you to the stream.)

Monday, April 19, 2021: Portrait Wayne Mcgregor - Kairos / Sunyata / Borderlands

Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Jewels

Wednesday, April 21: Bayerisches Junior Ballett München  (Choreography by Jörg Mannes, Maged Mohamed, Martina La Ragione)

Thursday, April 22: Swan Lake (Ray Barra / Petipa / Ivanov)

Saturday, April 24: Le Corsaire 

Sunday, April 25: 30 Jahre Bayerisches Staatsballett & Black Cake (Filmed documentary + Hans Van Manen's Black cake) 

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NBA Ballet's CInderella, choreographed by Johan Kobborg, Akane Takada of Royal Ballet in the title role. This work premiered in February this year, and initially Francesca Hayward was supposed to be in the title role but because of travel restrictions, she was replaced by Takada. Not the full length but  a 29minutes long highlights. 


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The National Ballet of Canada in excerpts from Ashton's The Dream (Jillian Vanstone, Harrison James, Skylar Campbell), Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet (Elena Lobsanova, Guillaume Côté) and Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale (Hannah Fischer, Piotr Stanczyk, Harrison James)


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Japan has declared a state of emergency for the 3rd time in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.

Therefore, almost all performances were cancelled within a day's notice. 

There was a family ballet festival called Ueno no Mori Ballet Holiday scheduled next weekend but sadly this was cancelled, so the festival went online and there are several offerings provided. 


such as Tokyo Ballet's Giselle (excerpt)

Asami Maki Ballet's Paquita 



Asami Maki Ballet's Raymonda act 3



Inoue Ballet's Nutcracker in full



Also National Ballet of Japan's Coppelia by Roland Petit performances were cancelled, but they are planning to have a streaming of the performance without audience for free, so I will add information later. 

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The press release from Ballet West:




Salt Lake City, UT— Ballet West and Skyscape Studios announced today the world premiere of a nine-episode documentary series featuring the iconic ballet company, In The Balance: Ballet for a Lost Year. The first episode debuts on Ballet West’s social media channels May 7, and episodes will be released every week through the spring and early summer. Award-winning filmmakers Diana Whitten and Tyler Measom direct the series. Measom most recently co-directed the acclaimed documentary, Murder Among the Mormons on Netflix.

For one month, Skyscape Studios gained unfettered access to Ballet West’s studios and theater as the Company mounted its first public performances in the Covid-19 era. “We followed the dancers, the choreographers, the crew, and the staff as they navigate colossal logistical and emotional challenges in anticipation of opening night, wondering if the curtain will rise,” said Measom and Whitten. “Gently set against the backdrop of a volatile world, the series explores how art can be essential in a time of crisis, how passion can displace fear, and how collective grief can be alchemized into beauty.”

In The Balance also follows four dancers throughout the series for an intimate and soulful examination of the art form. Principal Artists Katlyn Addison, Beckanne Sisk, Chase O’Connell, and Corps Artist Vinicius Lima provide a textured study of ballet and ancillary issues of race, masculinity, and gender.

Executive producers are Skyscape Studio’s Steven Labrum and Ballet West’s Executive Director Michael Scolamiero, Artistic Director Adam Sklute, and Chief Development Officer Sarah West. The series is produced by Cristin Carlin, JJ Neward, and Joshua Jones. The series is made possible, in part, by the Utah Office of Tourism, Create in Utah, and BMW of Murray.

In a joint statement, Scolamiero and Sklute said, “Ballet West was thrilled to connect with Skyscape Studios. With their accomplished resume, discerning storytelling, and passion for our art form, they elegantly narrate a moment in our history that is both honest and compelling. This series is an authentic love story to ballet and the performing artists and crewmembers who suffered in the past year. At the same time, it is a behind-the-scenes gift to our patrons and anyone who enjoys the art form.”

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National Ballet of Japan’s Coppelia by Roland Petit streaming dates are announced. They will live stream all 4 casts.

The streaming is free of charge but no archives will be provided.


Dates: May 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th at 14:00 JST.
(US EAST COAST TIME 1:00am I guess) 

an online booklet and link to the stream will be provided later, and they will stream on their YouTube channel and Facebook. 


2 May 14:00
Swanilda: YONEZAWA Yui
Franz: IZAWA Shun
Coppelius: NAKAJIMA Syunya

4 May 14:00
Swanilda: KIMURA Yuri
Franz: FUKUOKA Yudai
Coppelius: YAMAMOTO Ryuji

5 May 14:00
Swanilda: IKEDA Risako
Franz: OKUMURA Kosuke
Coppelius: NAKAJIMA Syunya

8 May 14:00
Swanilda: ONO Ayako
Franz: WATANABE Takafumi
Coppelius: YAMAMOTO Ryuji

I will recommend the first cast on May 2nd but other casts will be good as well. 

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Fundraiser with digital content alert!

ArtsFund in Seattle is having an online presentation on May 6 from 12-1:30pm PDT.  You need to register for it here:


PNB posted this to their Facebook group, announcing that Leah Terada's and Miles Pertl's "Happening" will be part of it.  PNB also linked to this Seattle Times article that describes ArtsFund's initiatives, and the article states:


In these trying times, the arts and culture community has become even more creative, forging partnerships and producing free or low-cost digital programming to reach broader audiences than ever before. Many of these exciting innovations will be explored at ArtsFund’s free digital celebration of the arts from noon-1:30 p.m. on May 6. But it will take funding and support to make them a permanent part of the cultural scene.

It isn't clear to me what ArtsFund's model will be: direct grants or grants to companies to fund digital content going forward, once in-person performances become the default again.

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Ballet Arizona has a very nice (free) gala Saturday, May 8 for 24 hours:

May 8, 2021 at 7pm for 24 hours
FREE Digital Performance
English and Spanish Versions Available
This special digital performance showcases some of Ballet Arizona’s favorite Balanchine ballets along with a spirited finale from Nayon Iovino’s celebrated and electric MambazSet the Stage: BALANCHINE combines Ballet Arizona’s reimagined 2021 Gala, with these favorite performance excerpts.
Viewers will also witness the presentation of the 2021 Hazel Hare Award of Artistic Excellence.
Contact our Box Office M-F 9am-5:30pm at 602-381-1096 or email at boxoffice@balletaz.org
What's included?
Emeralds, 1st Movement
Walpurgisnacht Ballet, 1st Movement
Symphony in Three Movements, 1st Movement
La Sonnambula, Pas de Deux
Western Symphony, Final Movement
Mambaz, Exerpts
Photos by Rosalie O'Connor and Alexander Iziliaev.
Thank you to our Lead Sponsors
MidFirst, Carole & Arte Moreno, and Daryl & Chip Weil
Please consider supporting Ballet Arizona and help make our spring digital performance FREE!
Ballet Arizona | 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
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In case you missed the online premiere, William Forsythe's The Barre Project (Blake Works II), with Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Roman Mejia and Brooklyn Mack, is available on the Sadler's Wells site until May 16. Apologies in advance if anyone encounters a geo-block.


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