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On 23/07/2018 at 19:38, Angela said:

On 13 July, the advisory board of Tanztheater Wuppertal decided to dismiss Adolphe Binder; company manager Dirk Hesse resigned and will quit in December 2018. A committee of experts, among them Alastair Spalding from Sadler’s Wells, will have to find replacements for both of them until the end of the year, working closely with the dancers.  

Newspaper comments about these decisions suggest that it was a huge mistake to have the Artistic Director report to the Administrative Director and it would be better to start over with another form of organisation. The damage to the Tanztheater seems huge, but the company will continue with tours and performances at home in September.

 

 

Two new directors were appointed for Tanztheater Wuppertal today: Bettina Wagner-Bergelt as Artistic Director and Roger Christmann as Company Manager. Wagner-Bergelt worked at Bavarian State Ballet for almost 30 years, as dramaturge, producer, head of education and Associate Director to Ivan Liška; until Igor Zelensky kicked her out in 2017 in a not very nice manner.

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The programme of the 3rd Colours International Dance Festival at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart from 27 June to 14 July 2019 is now online http://www.coloursdancefestival.com/en.html

Akram Khan Company with a world premiere, Ballet BC, Gauthier Dance, Compagnie Maguy Marin, Stephen Shropshire, etc etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anyone know if there is a forum for selling tickets for Hamburg Ballet for the Nijinsky Gala?  I want to possibly sell mine.

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1 hour ago, Don Q Fan said:

Anyone know if there is a forum for selling tickets for Hamburg Ballet for the Nijinsky Gala?  I want to possibly sell mine.

I think you can return them to the box office.

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14 hours ago, Don Q Fan said:

Anyone know if there is a forum for selling tickets for Hamburg Ballet for the Nijinsky Gala?  I want to possibly sell mine.

German ballet lovers are not so keen on forums, I'm sorry to say. You could put them up on Ebay/Germany, but as Katherine said, I'd try the box office first, they have a waiting list. 

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I've just had notice from Munich that Shklyarov won't be appearing in Kameliendame on 26th January for "production-related reasons".

 

Jonah Cook is "currently rehearsing" the role, though they've stopped short of confirming him - I'd be very interested in seeing him.

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Great, I bought my ticket for Shklyarov :-( 

Jonah Cook may be a fine choice, but I fear we will not know the cast until three days before the performance, given their audience-unfriendly policy of announcing the cast.

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John Neumeier married his longtime partner Hermann Reichenspurner today, a cardiac surgeon from Hamburg. Neumeiers turns 80 in February.

 

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On 07/12/2018 at 10:19, Angela said:

German ballet lovers are not so keen on forums, I'm sorry to say. You could put them up on Ebay/Germany, but as Katherine said, I'd try the box office first, they have a waiting list. 

I am pleased to report that on my recent trip I tried out my allotted seats - I was worried I would have my view blocked by a rail but thankfully the view is really very good so it is with great relief I will keep my tickets! Just need to find a reasonably priced hotel now!

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Don't know if this has been mentioned ... Just noticed this announcement has appeared for the Ballet Festival Week in Munich:

 

Ashley Bouder will dance Rubies in George Balanchine’s Jewels on Thursday, 11.04.19 7:30 p.m. 

 

I believe this performance is being filmed.  

 

I will be there!!  Look forward to it.  

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I love it when people get excited about going to Munich...... As my daughter is in the corps there. Hope you enjoy it 

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26 minutes ago, Juliet said:

I love it when people get excited about going to Munich...... As my daughter is in the corps there. Hope you enjoy it 

 

I'm seeing Kameliendame on 26th - drop me a line if she's in it and I'll look out for her!

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Covering a couple of parts ATM..... But often gets thrown in!! 

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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).

 

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There's a Part 3, Duck, where 64 year old Melinda Witham, character soloist with Stuttgart Ballet, is seen as the old Anna who, with some minimalistic Ausdruckstanz moves, looks back on a life of fighting for her rights, tired but proud. It's only some minutes long, set to "The unanswered question" by Charles Ives. There is lots of dancing throughout the evening, done by choreographer Louis Stiens and actress Josephine Köhler - ballet virtuosity, modern moves and even Voguing for the Peaches songs. I had no interest in Electroclash or Peaches before, but I thought it was a great evening, acting/singing/dancing in a meaningful, intelligent fusion.  Well, lots of dirty words, but hey, great beats... :-) The whole performance comes with surtitles in English and German.

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Guests for the Ballet week at Bavarian State Ballet:

Ashley Bouder from NYCB in Rubies/Jewels on 11. April

Natalia Osipova as Tatyana in Cranko’s Onegin on 13. April

Ivan Vasiliev as Petrucchio in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew on 14. April

Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov for Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (actually they will dance all performances, so no Munich couple will have danced in the main parts)

Booking starts on Monday 10.00 CET

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50 minutes ago, Angela said:

Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov for Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (actually they will dance all performances, so no Munich couple will have danced in the main parts)

 

I saw this pairing the other week at Munich: do we know whether this was because there was no possibility to prepare a Munich pairing or at the insistence of Neumeier?

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1 hour ago, Angela said:

Guests for the Ballet week at Bavarian State Ballet:

Ashley Bouder from NYCB in Rubies/Jewels on 11. April

Natalia Osipova as Tatyana in Cranko’s Onegin on 13. April

Ivan Vasiliev as Petrucchio in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew on 14. April

Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov for Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (actually they will dance all performances, so no Munich couple will have danced in the main parts)

Booking starts on Monday 10.00 CET

Beg borrow or steal tickets for Osipova - her interpretation is thrilling and not  a little disturbing too. A very brave take on the role.

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2 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

I saw this pairing the other week at Munich: do we know whether this was because there was no possibility to prepare a Munich pairing or at the insistence of Neumeier?

 

Sadly, one half of the Munich couple was injured before the first performance. And Shklyarov was supposed to do Armand, but he withdraw already weeks before. Yet it's strange not to have a second or third couple, if you intend to put the ballet on stage, I think.

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Casting for "La Sylphide" by Bournonville/Frank Andersen at Berlin State Ballet:

Maria Kochetkova and Daniil Simkin on Mar 1, 12, 22 + Apr 22

Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles on Mar 3, Apr 4 + May 26

Luciana Voltolini and Marian Walter on Apr 26 + May 31

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The next season at Hamburg Ballet is online here

Premieres: The Glass Menagerie by Neumeier, his old Hamlet revised, and Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.

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Munich's Bavarian StaatsBallet are live streaming the Jewels performance on 11 April which stars guest Ashley Bouder from NYCB in Rubies.

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15 hours ago, Don Q Fan said:

Munich's Bavarian StaatsBallet are live streaming the Jewels performance on 11 April which stars guest Ashley Bouder from NYCB in Rubies.

 

Realise that many hereabouts will not have seen Ashely Bouder - even though she is in the senior stretch of her career.  Here she can be seen this week dancing in Peter Martins' production of Sleeping Beauty.  I must confess I'm not usually a fan of Martins' full length offerings - but this one is an exception. It is one of my favourites of this masterwork - and the fact that it has only one interval ensures that the story is told so clearly and MOST IMPORTANTLY the original tempi are restored - and that makes such elements as Aurora's birthday and wedding truly celebratory.  Also love the variation for the Ivans.  I well remember on the opening night of this production - some thirty years ago - it was the first real indication of what would come from a then very young Daniel Ulbrecht - and as for the late Albert Evans' cat ... Well, it still burns bright in my mind's eye ... as does Merrill Ashley incendiary Carabosse - up there with Mason's.  

 

 

 

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On 09/02/2019 at 09:35, Angela said:

Casting for "La Sylphide" by Bournonville/Frank Andersen at Berlin State Ballet:

Maria Kochetkova and Daniil Simkin on Mar 1, 12, 22 + Apr 22

Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles on Mar 3, Apr 4 + May 26

Luciana Voltolini and Marian Walter on Apr 26 + May 31

 

I will be at the rehearsal today and have a ticket for March1st. Kotchetkova and Simkin...can't wait.

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Two principal dancers and a soloist will leave Hamburg Ballet after this season: the names of Carolina Agüero, Karen Azatyan and Dario Franconi have disappeard from next year's roster. Alina Cojocaru is still listed as principal guest artist, but no other new names.

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26 minutes ago, Angela said:

Two principal dancers and a soloist will leave Hamburg Ballet after this season: the names of Carolina Agüero, Karen Azatyan and Dario Franconi have disappeard from next year's roster. Alina Cojocaru is still listed as principal guest artist, but no other new names.

 

Thanks so - AS EVER - for this news, Angela.  It will be interesting to see who they get to dance the last movement of the BSQ - as Azatyan danced all that I saw.  SUCH a magnificent work ... and so rewarding to see a house that size brimming to the rafters with dedicated ballet goers for such a programme.  

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