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  1. Roman Novitzky, Principal Dancer with Stuttgart Ballet and choreographer, is also a photographer. An exhibition with pictures of the company in rehearsal and on stage has just opened in Stuttgart. The exhibition runs until 11 April. https://vhs-stuttgart.de/programm/kurssuche/kurs/Ausstellung-Der-Tanzende-Blick/nr/191-01655A/bereich/details/, via google translate https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fvhs-stuttgart.de%2Fprogramm%2Fkurssuche%2Fkurs%2FAusstellung-Der-Tanzende-Blick%2Fnr%2F191-01655A%2Fbereich%2Fdetails%2F&sandbox=1 (NB the English title of the book is “The dancing view” not “The dancing look” as stated in google translate).
  2. Yuli has just been released here (described as "inspired by" the life of Carlos Acosta and his autobiography). I saw it yesterday and found it very personal and profoundly moving. I hadn’t read Carlos Acosta’s autobiography or even followed him much during his career and so wasn’t quite prepared for how much the film has affected me. Wow just wow and huge respect to him for being so open as well as to those involved in creating the film for capturing not only his story but also life and events in Cuba at the time.
  3. I've got IE11 on my laptop and Samsung IE on my phone. Both had bookmarks set to "events" to avoid the home page that the ROH introduced a few months ago. This worked as expected until ... a couple of weeks ago, the events page on my phone switched to the new layout even though there were no changes to the set up of my phone at the time. I called myself lucky as at least my laptop still displayed the previous layout until ... just this morning, this also showed the new layout - again, without there being any changes to the set up of my laptop. So thank you, Richard, for mentioning the links in your posts above, I've now changed the bookmark on both devices to show the productions page, and it works
  4. 5 is Romeo and Juliet. I'd say Vladimir Klos. Can't quite see the face of Juliet. 6 I think Birgit Keil - and? 4, 7 and 9 I also think Requiem. 4 and 7 agree Reid Anderson and Egon Madsen I think. 9 Reid Anderson to the right. The dancer to the left John Neumeier? 8 the dancer to the right Richard Cragun. On my phone so can't quite see the details of 1, 10 and 11.
  5. Been watching most afternoons this week and was consistently drawn towards candidates - 408 for his beaming smile - 416 as it all just looks great (and I don't say this just because he trains at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart)
  6. Been watching the classical coaching this afternoon. Just love the smile of candidate 408, Yu Wakizuka. I saw him in class earlier in the week and he was smiling back then just as during his variation a short while ago. Seeing him smile makes me smile, too.
  7. Extensive media coverage through previews and reviews of Die Sieben Todsuenden/ Seven Heavenly Sins which premiered in Stuttgart on Saturday as the first co-production of Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart Opera and Stuttgart Theatre for more than 20 years. Not that a co-production in itself would trigger this extent of media coverage through newspapers up and down the country plus television, I’d rather think this comes as Peaches features prominently in the production. I haven’t seen the production nor am I going to; based on what I’ve read, the production is split largely into two parts. Part 1 – based on Brecht’s work and transferred into a boxring, Anna comes in four different characters (a female actor – Josephine Koehler, a male dancer – Louis Stiens, who has also provided the choreography for the production, an older version of Anna – Melinda Witham, and Peaches). Anna’s family is represented through four referees. Part 2 – the boxring has disappeared, and Peaches performs a number of songs in relation to the seven sins (I guess the word “heavenly” in the work’s title is based on a comment that she made that she doesn’t consider these seven aspects to be sins), complete with matching outfits. Opinions in previews and reviews range from rather dismissive to jubilant, others highlight the fact that the piece will have attracted new audiences or that the audience on Saturday reacted with prolonged ovations. Based on the variety of opinions, I am not providing any links but a search for “Peaches Stuttgart” will provide plenty of them (a word of caution – the work comes with an age guideline of 16+ years, and some of the pictures or excerpts in some of the previews and reviews confirm why this is the case).
  8. For anyone heading to Stuttgart to see Stuttgart Ballet and/or Gauthier Dance in February or March this year - there are a couple of exhibitions in the Stuttgart area in relation to dance that may be of interest. The exhibition “Ecstasy” at the Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart covers ecstasy in dance, sports, youth culture, religion, mythology, etc. As for ecstasy in dance, a number of paintings portray early 20th-century dancers; pictures and videos show e.g., traditional dances and dance in a night club. More information about the exhibition which runs until 24 February here https://kunstmuseum-stuttgart.de/index.php?site=Exhibitions;Current&id=114&bereich=ECSTASY&1538130133. The link also gives access to a detailed brochure that describes some of the works that feature in the exhibition. The Kunsthalle in nearby Goeppingen has a new contemporary exhibition that depicts the interaction between movement/dance and fine art through a mixture of drawings, paintings, sculptures and videos. Contents include Works about dancers (e.g., drawings by Vasily Kandinsky of Gret Palucca) Works created based on the analysis of someone’s movement across space (pencil drawings by Morgan O’Hara – the wider the movements are, the larger the drawing becomes; the more diverse the movements are, the lighter the colour of the resulting work remains – whereas movements that stay within a small area lead to a much darker shade of the same colour. And so … e.g., the movements of dancers of English National Ballet in Act III of Swan Lake lead to a large round-ish form that is filled with roughly the same shade throughout, the wide and flowing arm movements of a conductor lead to a large drawing with many fine lines, the intense focus of a pianist on just a few keys creates a small and very dark, almost rectangular form) Videos that show how dance and movement create art (e.g., the moving arm of a sculpture by Jean Tinguely draws a picture, someone jumps along a wall and the ensuing movement of the person’s arm draws a picture) Recordings of (excerpts of) performances (e.g., Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace, Bruce Naumann’s Floor and Wall positions, a work by Nam June Paik that shows multiple instances of Merce Cunningham, a work by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, along with some of her plans for and notations of the work, William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies, Samuel Beckett's Quad I + II)) There is also a drawing by Vaslav Nijinsky This exhibition runs until 24 March. I saw it earlier today and found it mesmerising. Link http://www.kunsthalle-goeppingen.de/ausstellungen/aktuell/halle-unten/, and via Google translate https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kunsthalle-goeppingen.de%2Fausstellungen%2Faktuell%2Fhalle-unten%2F&sandbox=1
  9. More extensive live streaming from the Prix de Lausanne this year with both morning and afternoon sessions covered. Schedule and links to both live streaming for 2019 and replays from 2018 here, I presume this is where the replays from 2019 will feature, too https://www.prixdelausanne.org/multimedia/live-streaming/ Live streaming in 2019 on Arte https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/RC-014432/prix-de-lausanne/prochainement/ (I don't know whether they'll drop the word "prochainement" from the link come 4 Feb).
  10. Gauthier Dance has performed in hospitals and nursing homes as part of its Outreach Programme
  11. There's a new statement by the Bavarian State Ballet on their web site https://www.staatsoper.de/presse/presseinformationen/presse-infos-ballett/mitteilung/news/presseerklaerung-ergaenzung-zur-personalie-sergei-polunin.html?no_cache=1&tx_news_pi1[controller]=News&tx_news_pi1[action]=detail&cHash=174e87ec643f17759ecc72ec0289ba6e and via Google translate https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.staatsoper.de%2Fpresse%2Fpresseinformationen%2Fpresse-infos-ballett%2Fmitteilung%2Fnews%2Fpresseerklaerung-ergaenzung-zur-personalie-sergei-polunin.html%3Fno_cache%3D1%26tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D%3DNews%26tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D%3Ddetail%26cHash%3D174e87ec643f17759ecc72ec0289ba6e&sandbox=1 I find the last sentence of the second paragraph interesting as this reads as if they genuinely hadn't had the policies and procedures in place to deal with the recent issue (I would have thought that this was a given but maybe I am expecting too much? Not sure how other large-scale cultural organisations are set up in this respect?) and that instead, they did indeed encounter a range of diverging opinions within the organisation (as referred to in the statement dated 17 January 2019 - "For days now we have been talking to one another"). This would then also explain the change from the initial statement (which is no longer on their web site) to the version dated 17 January 2019.
  12. From what I can see, the Bavarian State Ballet has not added another press release on their web site following on from the statement dated 17 January 2019. They have updated the web site to confirm that Polunin will dance in Spartacus on 25 March 2019 https://www.staatsoper.de/en/your-visit/aktuelles/meldung/news/kommende-gastauftritte.html?no_cache=1&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7172bab216e74aacf7728d2af12cb823 There’s another article in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung though that reports on a statement made by the company yesterday in relation to the issue https://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/staatsoper-polunin-darf-weiter-tanzen-1.4298132 and via Google translate (I haven't used this tool before so I hope that both link and translation work as intended) https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sueddeutsche.de%2Fmuenchen%2Fstaatsoper-polunin-darf-weiter-tanzen-1.4298132&sandbox=1 I had stopped following Polunin quite some time ago and only started to read this thread again when the discussions about him dancing in Paris and now in Munich started a few weeks ago. Just as a lot of posters here, I am shocked by his latest tattoo and his recent controversial statements on Instagram. What also caught my attention in the current situation was how the organisations that cast him have reacted in response to his actions and the ensuing discussions. POB announcing him well after the tattoo and the posts on Instagram became public, and then withdrawing their invitation shortly afterwards, it seemed to me, following a public outcry. Munich, what can I say. There’s been a lot of discussion about the content of the statement dated 17 January 2019. The company had also issued an earlier shorter statement which seems to have disappeared from their web site since (I remember reading it at some stage last Thursday, probably at around lunchtime). Posters on dansomanie discussed this earlier version last Thursday, and one of them also provided a translation into English http://www.forum-dansomanie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3496&start=375&sid=6d671cca90b27a34306cb4085ccb12e0. An article by the Bavarian Radio last Thursday also reported on the earlier statement https://www.br.de/nachrichten/kultur/bayerisches-staatsballett-haelt-an-tanz-star-sergei-polunin-fest,RFPPSDb - and again using Google translate (the layout of the page in the translation looks a bit odd on my laptop, I don’t hope it will affect the translation) https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.br.de%2Fnachrichten%2Fkultur%2Fbayerisches-staatsballett-haelt-an-tanz-star-sergei-polunin-fest%2CRFPPSDb&sandbox=1 If I read the statement dated 17 January 2019 with unease, I found the earlier version even more dreadful. Adding to that the contents of the newest article in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the organisation has been going through an internal discussion process, and it'll be interesting to see whether there'll be further announcements following the internal company meeting that the article refers to. The outcome of all that so far leaves me hugely dissatisfied though. I hadn’t found the programming in Munich particularly interesting anyway, I guess the newest developments just confirm that I won’t be missing anything there. @ ChMeBa – if the performance of Spartacus that you’ll be attending in April is the one on Apr 1, you’ll be seeing Vladimir Shklyarov :-)
  13. The Semperoper Ballet in Dresden in Aaron Watkins' version of The Nutcracker was broadcast on 24 Dec and is currently available as VOD. https://www.br-klassik.de/programm/fernsehen/ausstrahlung-1615954.html I hope this one is accessible from abroad, too.
  14. Glad to see that the video is accessible from abroad :-)
  15. Stuttgart Ballet in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet with Elisa Badenes and David Moore in the lead roles was shown on television in Germany this morning. It is now available as view on demand until 6 Feb 2019 - I don't know, however, whether this works from outside Germany, too. https://swrmediathek.de/player.htm?show=ba958e50-1012-11e9-9a07-005056a12b4c
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