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Digital seasons and pay per view, 2021-22


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I'm a little slow to start this topic, but I would be grateful if members could share information about digital seasons and pay-per-view streams on this thread. We have threads about performances that stream free of charge, but pay-per-view streams don't fit in there, and information about digital seasons tends to get lost (for me) on the threads of individual companies. Please share and rescue me from my FOMO!

To start, Marquee TV is once again streaming New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker. This is the performance with Maria Kowroski, Tyler Angle and Megan Fairchild that was streamed a year ago. It costs $19.99 for a 48 hour rental through January 2nd.

https://www.marquee.tv/videos/new-york-city-ballet-nutcracker-2021

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6 minutes ago, volcanohunter said:

To start, Marquee TV is once again streaming New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker. This is the performance with Maria Kowroski, Tyler Angle and Megan Fairchild that was streamed a year ago. It costs $19.99 for a 48 hour rental.

https://www.marquee.tv/videos/new-york-city-ballet-nutcracker-2021

Just to note my annoyance, as someone with an annual membership in Marquee, that I have to pay extra for the NYCB production. The subscription incudes two versions of Royal Ballet's Nutcracker and one from Australia Ballet. I assume NYCB required that, but still...

Medici.tv has numerous Nutcrackers (Royal, Zurich, Mariinsky, Bolshoi, Berlin, Amsterdam). It also has the 2011 NYCB, with Fairchild and deLuz - no extra charge!

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All of Pacific Northwest Ballet's programs for the season, including Nutcracker, are available digitally for unlimited viewings for all but Nutcracker, for five days after the production closes, and for the Nutcracker, from December 20-28, during the run.  I don't know about Nutcracker, but, at least last year, the performances shown were taped from the final dress.  

There were four digital options:

  • All full-season subscribers got the digital season included, and you could "attend" both.  (Some organizations, like Seattle Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, only send links to the digital performance if your ticket hasn't been scanned in the theater.)
  • There were partial subscriptions for the 2022 productions in person, with an optional digital add-on for the two Fall 2021 performances.
  • There was a full-season digital option
  • Each digital program can be purchased separately.
    • Nutcracker isn't included in subscriptions and must be purchased separately.

 

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13 hours ago, Helene said:

All of Pacific Northwest Ballet's programs for the season, including Nutcracker, are available digitally for unlimited viewings for all but Nutcracker, for five days after the production closes, and for the Nutcracker, from December 20-28, during the run.  I don't know about Nutcracker, but, at least last year, the performances shown were taped from the final dress.  

There were four digital options:

  • All full-season subscribers got the digital season included, and you could "attend" both.  (Some organizations, like Seattle Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, only send links to the digital performance if your ticket hasn't been scanned in the theater.)
  • There were partial subscriptions for the 2022 productions in person, with an optional digital add-on for the two Fall 2021 performances.
  • There was a full-season digital option
  • Each digital program can be purchased separately.
    • Nutcracker isn't included in subscriptions and must be purchased separately.

 

So far this season, the first two digital programs for Reps 1 and 2 have been recordings of opening nights.  As for Nutcracker, Peter Boal said the digital version would be a recording of the opening show (at Beyond Ballet post performance Q&A).

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Medici.tv is running a Cyber Monday sale. Annual subscriptions (including gift cards) are $38.70. The pay-as-you-go plan is $3.22 per month.

Note that although the prices are marked as "first year, then USD $129/year afterwards," I was able to re-subscribe at the discounted rate. (I didn't renew when last year's discounted subscription ran out about a week ago, so that may be why I was able to re-subscribe now.)

It's a good deal at the discounted price if you're interested in streaming on ballet, opera, and concert performances on demand from an existing catalogue.

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On 11/29/2021 at 2:01 PM, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Medici.tv is running a Cyber Monday sale. Annual subscriptions (including gift cards) are $38.70. The pay-as-you-go plan is $3.22 per month.

It's too bad Medici doesn't (apparently) have a Roku app. If so, I'd definitely subscribe at that price, at least to check it out for a year.

(Marquee has a Roku app, but it's terrible — almost not even worth the trouble.)

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20 minutes ago, nanushka said:

It's too bad Medici doesn't (apparently) have a Roku app.

Sigh. It's definitely the fly in the ointment. I consume most of my performing arts content on my tablet or computer but every now and then I'd like to watch something on my TV. It's possible to relay from computer/tablet to TV using Airplay or Chromecast, but it's not as straightforward as a TV app would be. 

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On 11/28/2021 at 9:30 PM, volcanohunter said:

People may also be aware that the Paris Opera has a streaming platform where many broadcasts of recent years can be rented.

There are some interesting performances—e.g., Trisha Brown's O złozony / O composite and Balanchine's Le Palais de Cristal—that aren't that easy to find, either online or irl. It's also nice that the on-demand viewing window is 30 days. Thank's for the heads up!

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The Royal Ballet will stream a performance of Giselle tomorrow, Friday, December 3rd, starting at 7:30 pm GMT. It will be available on demand until January 2nd.

The stream costs £16 to watch.

https://stream.roh.org.uk/packages/giselle/videos/giselle

ETA: The cast includes Yasmine Naghdi as Giselle, Matthew Ball as Albrecht, Luca Acri as Hilarion and Marianela Nuñez as Myrtha.

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The Frederick Ashton Foundation held a an event at the Royal Opera house last month to mark its tenth anniversary. The event opened with Ashton choreography danced by members of the company and was followed by a specially commissioned film using film from the archives. 

The first half of the event which is available on the Royal Opera House website until 21st December 2021 featured short excerpts from two of his ballets, Sylvia and Dante Sonata, which Anthony Russell Roberts in the late 190's declared irretrievably lost and longer sections from ballets on which the Foundation has worked. The Foundation's contribution to the rediscovery of Ashton's  ballets includes an excerpt from his 1932 work, Foyer de Danse, created for  Markova in which he also appeared and the revival of a gala piece he created for Fonteyn and Nureyev. Foyer was reconstructed from a film record which was painstakingly fitted to the music while the gala piece originally called Hamlet Prelude and is now called Hamlet and Ophelia was reconstructed by Wayne Eagling from his own memory and film. Ashton created the role of Hamlet on Eagling because Nureyev was not available and he then taught the role to Nureyev. 

The second half of the event was devoted to a film commissioned from Lynn Wake which is well worth watching . It can be accessed on the Frederick Ashton Foundation's website and does not seem to be subject to any time constraints. 

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Last summer's 16th World Ballet Festival from Tokyo is being streamed on demand until January 10th. The cost is ¥6,420 for one program, or ¥12,420 for both. (Thanks to @naomikage for the tip.)

Program A
Flower Festival at Genzano
Hannah O'Neill, Mathias Heymann

Romeo and Juliet, balcony pas de deux (Lavrovsky)
Olga Smirnova, Vladimir Shklyarov

Persistent Persuasion (Neumeier)
Madoka Sugai, Alexandr Trusch

Onegin, mirror pas de deux
Dorothée Gilbert, Friedemann Vogel

Le Corsaire pas de deux
Ekaterina Krysanova, Kimin Kim

Onegin, final pas de deux
Elisa Badenes, Friedemann Vogel

The Dying Swan
Svetlana Zakharova

Raymonda pas de deux
Maria Alexandrova, Vladislav Lantratov

Program B
Grand Pas Classique
Madoka Sugai, Daniil Simkin

Still of King (Elo)
Marcelo Gomes

"Black Swan" pas de deux
Elisa Badenes, Vadim Muntagirov

Three Preludes (Stevenson)
Amandine Albisson, Mathieu Ganio

Le Corsaire pas de deux
Hannah O'Neill, Mathias Heymann

Les Chaises (Béjart)
Alessandra Ferri, Gil Roman

"I Got Rhythm" from Shall We Dance? (Neumeier)
Madoka Sugai, Alexandr Trusch

Don Quixote pas de deux
Ekaterina Krysanova, Kimin Kim

https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/stages/2021/wbf-on-demand/top.html

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The Dutch National Ballet will livestream The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, choreographed by Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk, on Friday, December 24 at 14:00 CET. (Admittedly, 8:00 am Eastern is not the most convenient start time.) The performance is scheduled to star Anna Tsygankova, Constantine Allen and James Stout, and the cost is €12.50.

https://www.operaballet.nl/en/dutch-national-ballet/2021-2022/nutcracker-and-mouse-king-livestream

Alternately, the same production performed by the Finnish National Ballet can be streamed on demand free of charge.
https://oopperabaletti.fi/en/stage24/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king-recording/

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PNB's Opening Night Nutcracker -- the Balanchine version -- is available to stream an unlimited number of times for $49 through December 28:

https://order.pnb.org/22-digital/nutcracker

I just watched it, and it was really fine.  The cast is:

Clara/Little Princess-Annalise Dautricourt, Fritz-Reed Benedict, Nephew/Little Prince-Justin Egen,

Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier-Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan and Kyle Davis

Hot Chocolate-Leah Terada and Miles Pertl

Coffee-Noelani Pantastico

Tea-Christian Poppe (in the new Tea Beatle costume)

Candy Cane-Ryan Cardea

Marzipan-Leta Biasucci

Mother Ginger-Joshua Grant -- I especially loved the camera close-ups here

Dewdrop-Elle Macy, with head Flowers Amanda Morgan and Ceclia Iliesiu

and, as a Guest Artist, Herr Drosselmeier-former PNB Principal Dancer William Lin-Yee

All the kids performed in masks, as did conductor Emil de Cou and all the musicians who could. Kudos to concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim for his playing of the Act I violin solo.

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