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Dresden Semperoper Ballet has published their next season.

Two premieres: Pina Bausch's production of the Gluck dance opera "Iphigenie auf Tauris" and a triple bill with Balanchine: Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Hans van Manen: Kleines Requiem, and the world premiere of David Dawson's "For last songs" by Richard Strauss (which is a little miracle as the heirs of Richard Strauss normally forbid to use any of his music that was not written for dance).

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23 minutes ago, Angela said:

...and the world premiere of David Dawson's "For last songs" by Richard Strauss (which is a little miracle as the heirs of Richard Strauss normally forbid to use any of his music that was not written for dance).

 

Doesn’t Strauss fall out of copyright next year? Or am I muddled? (Copyright really confuses me!)

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YES, you're right, in September 2019 - I forgot, thank you! Copyright lasts 70 years in Germany. Wow, they are fast at Dresden 👏. I guess we will see lots of Zarathustras and Four last Songs in the next years...

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1 hour ago, Angela said:

YES, you're right, in September 2019 - I forgot, thank you! Copyright lasts 70 years in Germany. Wow, they are fast at Dresden 👏. I guess we will see lots of Zarathustras and Four last Songs in the next years...

 

I'm now thinking about which Strauss operas could be turned into ballets. I can imagine both Rosenkavalier & Arabella as ballets, Adiane not so much (they are my 3 favourites). I'm amusing myself by fantasy casting a Rosenkavalier ballet (with RB dancers, as I've not seen any of the German ballet companies).

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12 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

I'm now thinking about which Strauss operas could be turned into ballets. I can imagine both Rosenkavalier & Arabella as ballets, Adiane not so much (they are my 3 favourites). I'm amusing myself by fantasy casting a Rosenkavalier ballet (with RB dancers, as I've not seen any of the German ballet companies).

Graeme Murphy did a ballet for Bavarian State Ballet in 2005 based on Der Rosenkavalier, but not using music by Strauss. It was called  The Silver Rose and was subsequently performed by The Australian Ballet in 2010.

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1 hour ago, toursenlair said:

Graeme Murphy did a ballet for Bavarian State Ballet in 2005 based on Der Rosenkavalier, but not using music by Strauss. It was called  The Silver Rose and was subsequently performed by The Australian Ballet in 2010.

 

That's interesting to know, though I'm not sure I'd want to see any version of Rosenkavalier without Strauss's glorious music. I've just Googled it & see it had a male dancer as Octavian, doubtless necessary in order to have pdds. I can't say that the production looks to be very 18th century so presumably, like so many productions of the opera, it got an update. (I prefer the full 18th century white wigs, breeches & hoop skirts option myself - okay maybe not the hoop skirts for a ballet!)

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Youri Vamos made a ballet called "Lucidor" in the 1990s, using Hofmannsthal's novella which later became the opera Arabella. The music was by Glazunov.

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Dawnstar:  I rather think you're right on the hooped skirts.  I think it was in the first Acosta and Friends bill that Zenaida Yanowsky danced a solo to one of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers motets, wearing just the hooped underpinning over a shift of some kind.  All very odd, with the hoops having a life of their own, and not my favourite Yanowsky memory.

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I wonder now if some European company will be able to perform Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes????   Perhaps Hamburg??? 

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1 hour ago, Bruce Wall said:

I wonder now if some European company will be able to perform Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes????   Perhaps Hamburg??? 

 

Funny, Bruce, I was wondering exactly the same thing! Vienna Waltzes is one of my favourite later Balanchine works and I would dearly like to see it in the Royal's rep. Copyright in the UK is that it expires 70 years after the end of the calendar year in which the last of the creators of the work dies. Approval from the Balanchine Trust can never be taken for granted but the current strength of the Royal Ballet would, I think, remove any obstacles. Here's hoping! 

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More news from Dresden Semperoper Ballet: Artistic Director Aaron Watkin will stay until 2023, his contract was renewed by Opera Director Peter Theiler.

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6 hours ago, Douglas Allen said:

 

Funny, Bruce, I was wondering exactly the same thing! Vienna Waltzes is one of my favourite later Balanchine works and I would dearly like to see it in the Royal's rep. Copyright in the UK is that it expires 70 years after the end of the calendar year in which the last of the creators of the work dies. Approval from the Balanchine Trust can never be taken for granted but the current strength of the Royal Ballet would, I think, remove any obstacles. Here's hoping! 

 

I share your admiration for this work, Douglas.  Perhaps you need to whisper such into KO'H's ear ... as I don't think - given his stated priorities as outlined in his last BA interview .... that it would happen at the RB of its own volition.  Something tells me that it is much more likely elsewhere in Europe.  

 

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37 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

I don't think - given his stated priorities as outlined in his last BA interview .... that it would happen at the RB of its own volition.  Something tells me that it is much more likely elsewhere in Europe.  

 

Sadly, Bruce, I think you're right. Sometimes (i.e. quite a lot of the time) I can't understand some of Kevin O'Hare's preferences and strategy. My comment above was more of a personal preference/fantasy wish than a reasonable expectation. Still, there's always Frankenstein and perhaps Raven Girl still to look forward to...

As far as Europe is concerned, Paris has the dancers at the moment...?

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Serait-ce la Mort (Vier Letzte Lieder) choregraphy by Bejart, and another to the same Richard Strauss music, by Hans van Manen, or is it Rudi van Dantzig.   Both beautiful...

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10 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

I wonder now if some European company will be able to perform Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes????   Perhaps Hamburg??? 

Exactly what I was thinking as I was bitterly disappointed when NYCB were going to perform it in Paris but then it was pulled because of the music. I saw Vienna Waltzes once in new York and absolutely loved it. And yes I agree it would be a perfect fit for Hamburg given their recent performances of the Liebeslieder Waltzes and Brahms Schoenberg Quartet. Here's hoping🤞🤞

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Yes I saw there is gala but did you see the ticket PRICES😯😯😯

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1 minute ago, Don Q Fan said:

Yes I saw there is gala but did you see the ticket PRICES😯😯😯

 

😲 but it is for over 4 hours!

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The money from the gala goes to Neumeier's foundation/his ballet museum. Probably to buy the last drawings by Nijinsky he does not own yet...

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On 21/02/2019 at 06:58, toursenlair said:

Graeme Murphy did a ballet for Bavarian State Ballet in 2005 based on Der Rosenkavalier, but not using music by Strauss. It was called  The Silver Rose and was subsequently performed by The Australian Ballet in 2010.

 

The Strauss estate wouldn't allow it because ballet. So Mr Murphy worked with Australian composer Carl Vine and designer Roger Kirk AM and parts of it were divine. Sophie's appearance at the ball for example. The Marschallin leaving Sophie and Octavian. However I doubt it will be revived in its entirety as overall ... meh.

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Next season at Staatsballett Berlin: Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman presented the program of the first season under their joint artistic directorship at the Staatsballett Berlin.

Premieres:

"Sleeping Beauty" by Marcia Haydée (her Stuttgart version from 1987, but with new décor by Jordi Roig, not the original one by Jürgen Rose)

"Plateau Effect" by Jefta van Dinther

Triple Bill Alexander Ekman (creation) | Sharon Eyal (creation) | "Sunny" by Emanuel Gat

Triple Bill -  Balanchine: "Theme and Variations", Forsythe: "Second Detail", Richard Siegal: "Oval" (creation)

Sasha Waltz will stage "SYMPHONIE MMXX", her first exclusive creation for the Staatsballett Berlin, with new music by Georg Friedrich Haas

 

repertoire:

"Giselle" by Patrice Bart

"Jewels"

"La Bayadère" by Alex Ratmansky

"Nutcracker" by Yuri Burlaka/Vasily Medvedev

 

New to the company: Aya Okumura, who comes from Het Nationale, as Soloist  - I'm sure there will be some more changes

 

https://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/spielplan/01-09-2019/

 

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Leipzig Ballet next season

 

"Sleeping Beauty" by Jeroen Verbruggen

Double Bill by ballet director and chief choreographer Mario Schröder: "Blühende Landschaft" (Blossoming Landscape) and a creation to Henryk Mikolay Górecki’s Third Symphony

Triple Bill: "Uneven" by Cayetano Soto / "Second Symphony" (Robert Schumann) by Uwe Scholz / Creation by Mario Schröder to Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto

Triple Bill: "Flesh" by Iván Pérez / "See Blue Through" by Didy Veldman / "America" by Martin Harriague

 

https://www.oper-leipzig.de/en/

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6 hours ago, Angela said:

Next season at Staatsballett Berlin: Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman presented the program of the first season under their joint artistic directorship at the Staatsballett Berlin.

Premieres:

"Sleeping Beauty" by Marcia Haydée (her Stuttgart version from 1987, but with new décor by Jordi Roig, not the original one by Jürgen Rose)

"Plateau Effect" by Jefta van Dinther

Triple Bill Alexander Ekman (creation) | Sharon Eyal (creation) | "Sunny" by Emanuel Gat

Triple Bill -  Balanchine: "Theme and Variations", Forsythe: "Second Detail", Richard Siegal: "Oval" (creation)

Sasha Waltz will stage "SYMPHONIE MMXX", her first exclusive creation for the Staatsballett Berlin, with new music by Georg Friedrich Haas

 

repertoire:

"Giselle" by Patrice Bart

"Jewels"

"La Bayadère" by Alex Ratmansky

"Nutcracker" by Yuri Burlaka/Vasily Medvedev

 

New to the company: Aya Okumura, who comes from Het Nationale, as Soloist  - I'm sure there will be some more changes

 

https://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/spielplan/01-09-2019/

 

I think that’s a good mix...and they’ll be getting their money out their new (2018/19) productions. But, I’ll have to wait another year to see if they’ll ever celebrate the MacMillan era with a triple bill featuring Concerto and the original one-act Anastasia. I think they’d do My Brother, My Sisters well...failing that Elite Syncopations. I can but dream ...

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In the presskit that came with the press release, they wrote MacMillan's name wrong (it was "Macmillan" twice) - I'm not so sure if they even remember him, to be honest.  😢

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Demis Volpi, former house choreographer at Stuttgart Ballet, will follow Martin Schläpfer as Director of Ballet on the Rhine in Düsseldorf/Duisburg. He will begin with the 2020/2021 season. Volpi was born in Argentina, he trained at Canada's National Ballet School and the John Cranko School and started his career at Stuttgart Ballet, where he choreographed a very, VERY successful version of the book "Krabat" by Otfried Preußler and a less successful "Salome".

Schläpfer is leaving for Vienna after next season.

 

https://www.operamrhein.de/en_EN/magazin_demisvolpi

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20 hours ago, Angela said:

In the presskit that came with the press release, they wrote MacMillan's name wrong (it was "Macmillan" twice) - I'm not so sure if they even remember him, to be honest.  😢

😿indeed...

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I know how the Scots-born choreographer spelled his name, but I can assure you that the Clan MacMillan Society is none too rigorous regarding the spellings that it will countenance.  232 documented spellings are listed here, my own amongst them.

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It seems that nobody took Remus Suchema's appointment very seriously then?

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