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  1. Lots out tonight in Waterloo and lots of fireworks going off too.
  2. Hello Mrs Walker and welcome to the Forum!
  3. I'm just repeating Sim's words about discussion of the Covid-19 - Corona Virus emergency: "Hi all. In these extraordinary times, we mods understand that everyone is worried about the current world health pandemic. As is always the case with social media, any big news gives rise to rumour, speculation and mis-information. For this reason, we are asking that, going forward, any discussion of the Covid-19 virus be limited to its effect on cultural closures. Please don't discuss the medical or political aspects of this problem. We have already had a couple of posts reported, and in order to stem anything further from snowballing we are curtailing inappropriate comments, even if they are made in good faith and with helpful intent. We don't want to risk adding to anyone's worry or distress, or disseminating mis-information. We wish you all well; take good care of yourselves. In the meantime, please keep sharing your thoughts about what gives us joy in this increasingly strange world: ballet and dance. Thank you for your understanding. With best wishes, Sim Chair, BalletcoForum Committee"
  4. One of TTP's links is from POB's Nureyev production of Don Q with Aurelie Dupont and Manuel Legris performing the gpdd. I think the dancing is just glorious but my preference is for Cuban National Ballet's version. This clip isn't brilliant but it does feature one of my favourite dancers - Anette Delgado. Would anyone else like to give us some watching ideas and comments too?
  5. TTP has issued an article with video links to her top 5 pdd clips. Some great viewing for a cold afternoon or a long evening! https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/2020/04/02/My-Top-5-Pas-de-Deux-clips-for-this-week?fbclid=IwAR0I3MLtQNDmuxLg6DsVynryYRfv98A5wWzT_Rye6-xGCTCQZjrmOPOZPFc
  6. SADLER’S WELLS ANNOUNCES NEXT DANCE PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOPS ON ITS DIGITAL STAGE DURING COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS Today Sadler’s Wells announced this week’s additions to its Digital Stage programme – a special matinee screening of balletLORENT’S Rumpelstiltskin this Friday 3 April, and the first dance at home workshops for families and older audiences. Rumpelstiltskin is the next production available to watch via Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook Premieres, part of its free online performance platform, Digital Stage. It will be available on Friday 3 April at 3pm UK time, in a special day time screening for families, via this link and then available to watch for seven days thereafter. Director Liv Lorent joins forces with poet Carol Ann Duffy to retell the story of Rumpelstiltskin, an outsider shunned for being different. Stunningly beautiful, heart-warming and set in a spellbinding world of spinning wheels, kings and queens, Rumpelstiltskin is a mesmerising tale of love, loss and magical powers. With a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, costumes designed by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), and narration by actor Ben Crompton, Rumpelstiltskin is the perfect treat for families. BalletLORENT had originally been due to perform as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend this Easter. The first of Sadler’s Wells’ new workshop series for audiences to dance along to at home is also available this week, from tomorrow Wednesday 1 April, with five workshops created to connect with younger children, and one workshop for older people. Five family workshops created by Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells, will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel from midday on Wednesday 1 April with more to be added in coming weeks. Aimed at children aged 2 to 6 years, the activities include balancing, jumping, rhythm, colours and animals to follow at home. The family workshops can be found online from midday tomorrow here. There will also be workshops for older people aged over 60, inspired by Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders programme, with the first in the series available tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. It is inspired by the Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam and hosted by choreographer Seeta Patel. The workshop can be found online from tomorrow afternoon here. New dance content on Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage has been created in response to the cancellation of shows across its theatres as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and aims to continue bringing dance to audiences through digital channels. The first in a series of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres was Deluxe by BalletBoyz, which was made available on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm, the same time the work was due to be performed live at Sadler’s Wells. This work is available until Friday 3 April via the Sadler’s Wells official Facebook page. Upcoming performances include a new version of Wilkie Branson’s dance for camera installation TOM, which would have formed part of Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Edition in April. Further details, including all titles, dates and screening times, will be announced via Sadler’s Wells’ social media channels, and updated via this link on the Sadler’s Wells website: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/. Sadler’s Wells social media handles: Facebook: @SadlersWells Twitter: @Sadlers_Wells Instagram: @sadlers_wells YouTube: Sadler’s Wells Theatre About Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With a rich theatrical heritage of over three centuries, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. Its mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Its vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 180 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes. Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, Sadler’s Wells’ new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre. www.sadlerswells.com
  7. 01/04/2020 7:30pm BST Collaborators release special musical track from Creature The track, Closer and Closer, is part of the original score Lamagna composed for Creature. It is released alongside a new film by Dos, featuring English National Ballet Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio, and studio rehearsals for the production with Cirio and fellow dancers from the Company. Vincenzo Lamagna said: “On the 1st of April 2020 English National Ballet was due to premiere Creature by Akram Khan with an original score by myself. It goes without saying that due to the current Covid19 pandemic the performances have been postponed and the final period of creation frozen. It is the right and only thing to do, to protect everyone’s life and respect the ones more heavily affected by the situation. But it comes with a sense of regret, for not being able to connect with you through what we have created. It is with the desire of connection that together with Akram and English National Ballet we have decided to release one of the tracks I composed for the ballet accompanied by a short film by Maxime Dos. When I landed upon a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, it was clear that I found the right words to express both the emotional journey of our “Creature” and my feelings around the present global crisis. I truly believe that this surreal experience, if accepted with an open heart, could reveal a treasure for our humanity; a chance to shed our old skin and embrace a new way of living. I hope that this music and these images may resonate with you and make us feel a little closer. Be well, be strong and see you on the other side.” Closer and Closer has been released today on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. At 7.30pm tonight, a new art-film featuring the track will be released on YouTube and across the collaborators' social media platforms. A co-production between English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, with co-producers Sadler’s Wells, Creature is the third collaboration between renowned choreographer Akram Khan and English National Ballet, and the second ballet that Lamagna has scored for ENB and Akram Khan. An unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers, it’s inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging. Creature was due to premiere on 01 April 2020. Following government advice about Coronavirus COVID-19, these performances were cancelled. The World Premiere of Creature will now be 11- November 2020, at Sadler’s Wells London, with performances through 15 November. Cunard is Production Sponsor. -ENDS- English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England. NatWest is Principal Partner of English National Ballet. Notes to Editors About English National Ballet English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has been at the forefront of ballet's growth and evolution ever since. English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through performances across the UK and on eminent international stages including The Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier; its distinguished orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic; and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet has introduced ground-breaking new works to the Company's repertoire whilst continuing to honour the tradition of great classical ballet, gaining acclaim for artistic excellence and creativity. 2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history with a move into a purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London which brings a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity, ambition, and connection to more people, near and far, than ever before. www.ballet.org.uk About Akram Khan Company Co-founded in 2000 by award-winning choreographer Akram Khan and producer Farooq Chaudhry, Akram Khan Company has established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies, performing to sell-out audiences in leading festivals and venues around the world. Embracing Khan’s artistic vision that both respects and challenges tradition and modernity, the Company has become renowned for its intercultural, interdisciplinary collaborations, and has developed a significant range of works from classical kathak and modern solos to artist-to-artist duets and ensemble productions. A milestone in the Company’s journey was the creation of a section of the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012. The Company has been showered with prestigious honours including an Olivier Award for DESH and XENOS, and a record-breaking eight Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Akram Khan Company enjoys artistic association with Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, Curve in Leicester, and other leading venues and festivals around the world. www.akramkhancompany.net About Vincenzo Lamagna Vincenzo Lamagna is a musician, composer and producer. His music is known for its visceral, emotive and edgy language that utilises a mercurial combination of acoustic and electronic sounds, recognised for their ferocious industrial undertones, haunted melodies and cinematic soundscapes.
For the last 20 years, he has been working as a solo artist as well as carving a niche in the contemporary dance world through collaborations with Hofesh Shechter and Akram Khan, among others. From 2010 to 2014 he performed as a core musician in Hofesh Shechter’s ‘Political Mother’, touring worldwide venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Theatre De la Ville and Sadler’s Wells. Collaborations with Akram Khan include his first full- length score for the award-winning production ‘Until The Lions’ which premiered in January 2016 at The Roundhouse in London. His ground-breaking full-length score for the 21st century adaptation of the romantic ballet ‘Giselle’ has been unanimously praised by both press and audiences and led to Vincenzo being nominated for the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ by The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2017. Lamagna’s collaboration with Akram Khan for his final full-length solo ‘Xenos’ premiered at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens in January 2018. His latest collaboration with Akram Khan Company titled 'Outwitting The Devil' premiered on the main stage of Avignon Festival in July 2019. About Maxime Dos Graduated in 2005 from Institut des Métiers de la Communication Audiovisuelle (IMCA) in Avignon, Maxime Dos is based in Biarritz, France and works as a film director, cameraman, editor and graphic designer around the world. Since 2010, he has been developing a striking visual identity for the internationally renowned dance company Akram Khan Company, producing trailers, behind-the-scenes documentaries, and full recordings of performances. His versatile and creative skills in post-production, including sound and motion design, enable him to develop strong and extremely diverse aesthetics that resonate with each production. Maxime also works with the contemporary dance company Jean-Claude Gallotta for whom he has made numerous recordings of dance performances, as well as teasers and video scenography concepts. About Arts Council England Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
  8. Daniel de Andrade of Northern Ballet is live-streaming a class on IG at 5pm this evening:
  9. PRESS RELEASE Thursday 2 April 2020 BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET: HOME FROM HOME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BBC ARTS: ‘CULTURE IN QUARANTINE’, BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE CONTENT: BALLET CLASS: LIVE FRIDAY 3 APRIL FROM 11.00 BST | BBC.CO.UK/ARTS THE SWAN WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL AT 15.00 BST | BBC.CO.UK/ARTS & BRB.ORG.UK Birmingham Royal Ballet is launching Home From Home, a new series of online content which will give an exclusive insight into the company’s daily routine and specially curated performances as they stay fit and creative whilst in isolation at their homes across the globe. The Birmingham Royal Ballet: Home From Home series will open with Ballet Class Live, an exclusive live-streamed class led by Ballet Master Dominic Antonucci that company members will be dialling into voluntarily from wherever they live in the world. Initial programming will also include a very special ‘living-room’ performance of The Swan, set to Camille Saint-Saëns's Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, introduced by Birmingham Royal Ballet Director Carlos Acosta and performed at home by principal dancer Céline Gittens, accompanied by principal pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Both projects have been created in partnership with BBC Culture in Quarantine. Launched by BBC Arts, Culture in Quarantine is a virtual festival of the arts rooted in the experience of national lockdown whereby UK Creative industries can come together to share content and ideas. Jonty Claypole, BBC Head of Arts, says: “The mission of Culture in Quarantine is to support the arts and ensure the greatest possible access to culture in people’s homes. We’re thrilled to be working with one of the greatest dance companies in the world, Birmingham Royal Ballet, on this unique project. In Ballet Class Live, anyone at home can join Birmingham Royal Ballet in warm-ups and basic steps. And in a special performance, Céline Gittens will dance the iconic ‘The Swan’ solo, which has an added poignancy at this time of isolation and national lockdown.” HOME FROM HOME: BALLET CLASS LIVE Friday 3 April from 11.00 BST via BBC.CO.UK/ARTS Tune in to watch (and participate) with the Birmingham Royal Ballet company as they dial in to a special ballet class live from their homes all over the world including Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the USA and UK. Led by one of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ballet Masters Dominic Antonucci, the class will give access to the daily physical warm up routine of these world-class dancers, with online participants including Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta, who says: “Every dancer needs to stay fit and flexible and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. During this period of self-isolation and quarantine, it is vitally important that our company, based in their homes all over the world, continue to meet up online and take daily ballet class. As part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet: Home From Home series, we will be giving exclusive ballet class access to BBC’s Culture in Quarantine from 11.00am GMT on Friday 3 April. Why not tune in and watch our company of world-class performers in class, and why not even participate yourself from the comfort of your own home?” Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Home From Home: Ballet Class Live will be led by Ballet Master Dominic Antonucci and accompanied by pianist Ross Williams HOME FROM HOME: THE SWAN Wednesday 8 April at 15.00 BST via BBC.CO.UK/ARTS and BRB.ORG.UK At 3pm on Wednesday 8 April, BBC’s Culture in Quarantine will make available a specially curated performance of The Swan, introduced by Carlos Acosta and performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Céline Gittens, accompanied by principal pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. This poignant piece, set to Camille Saint-Saëns's Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, was originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova and is popularly known as The Dying Swan. Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta says: “Welcome everybody in this moment of stillness. We are going to try an experiment; I frankly don’t know how it’s going to turn out. We are going to perform for you one of my favourite pieces, The Swan. I have purposely changed the end, so this is a dance about life, about hope. This is a dance of promises, it represents the end of something and the beginning of something else, and in these crazy times that we are living we all need a new beginning. This is a gift from Birmingham Royal Ballet to you, enjoy” ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS: Birmingham Royal Ballet Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future. The company’s Director from January 2020 is the internationally renowned Carlos Acosta. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with: The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet. BBC Arts We believe arts and music make the world a better place by bringing people together through shared experience and understanding, providing a place of inspiration, a means to navigate a complex world and significant health benefits. The BBC is the biggest creator of Arts content and is Britain's creative partner – allowing the UK to experience the very best arts - when they want, how they want. • The nation’s stage: access to arts and culture programming for all through the licence fee – we create and showcase more arts and culture than any other broadcaster • An Innovator: constantly finding new ways to bring the best quality culture to audiences - working with the Arts sector as partner and acting as a hot-house for new talent • Britain’s creative partner - a bold force in the UK creative sector as creator and commissioner, also a platform for new talent • An investor in quality - we only present the highest quality Arts and culture programming, crafted by skilled production teams and shared with all audiences • Bringing the nation together - like no other we create and amplify moments in Arts and culture, cutting through with a broad audience www.bbc.co.uk/arts
  10. As I understand the situation, BRB still uses the RB facilities for producing most sets and costumes (unless the situation has changed in the last year or so). In respect of Don Q, BRB may be using the RB costumes (as RB used BRB's when mounting Two Pigeons) but the RB set would never fit onto the Hippodrome stage. I don't know if parts of it could be used but I would guess a lot of it would have to be redesigned/remade.
  11. I chose to watch Mayerling as my "virtual night at the ballet" last Saturday and put some comments about my thoughts on that thread:
  12. I've seen on FB that the Barbican has now said it is closed until the end of June.
  13. It's not really dance related but there is a thread ongoing in the "Performances Seen" forum:
  14. Hello Cloud and welcome to the Forum! I'm not a dancer but yes it is possible. We've got a lot of people on this Forum who have either started from scratch as adults or who have gone back to ballet as adults. I've added a tag at the top of your thread (adult ballet) and if you click on that you will find lots of previous threads to look through. You will find lots of information in them. Here's one to start you off:
  15. For anyone on twitter, do go and search on Llandudno goats! There are lots of similar posts and some videos...
  16. I find it a bit sad that NDT is losing the continuity from Kylian to Lightfoot and hopefully would have been beyond if Lightfoot had stayed on in an advisory capacity. I believe the incoming AD is also a choreographer so it seems a bit strange to me for the company to say they will not have a house choreographer.
  17. I've picked this up via Instagram: theballetretreat Its happening! We are going digital on Tuesday the 31st of March. We are very excited to bring you ballet class with Gavin McCaig @gavmcc15 straight to your home. This class will be everything you have come to expect from The Ballet Retreat minus the live piano accompaniment! The class is just £6 and once you purchased/rented it, you will have access to it for 48hrs. We will release new classes every Tuesday and Friday with Gavin and Hannah @hannah14bateman and also some special guest teachers (You could also get other people in your household to join in?!!) We also want to offer something to our mailing list dancers for free, to say thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years and the past few weeks in particular. We are thrilled to offer masterclasses with current and ex-professional dancers! @marianamoreirarodrigues92 & @yoga.smart7 & @dree_dee. (Mariana Rodrigues, Nicola Gervasi & Dreda Blow) Want access to our fabulous digital centre, where you can find free and paid for classes? Well, sign up to our mailing list and receive the password every Tuesday and Friday as we release new classes (you can unsubscribe at any time). By signing up to our mailing list, we can keep you up to date with all the up coming retreats (once life returns to ‘normal’) www.theballetretreat.com and please tag your ballet friends in the comments, we want as many dancers to find us as possible! Stay safe but don’t stay still, love The Ballet Retreat Team
  18. I was talking about the situation at the ROH. They have got a problem if they do not want to perform his works and presumably they will have to do something about it. Liam Scarlett has maintained total silence on the whole issue but perhaps, links having been cut between him and ROH, he no longer wants them to use his works?
  19. Does not merit what? If the RB isn't going to be staging his works, which currently seems likely, then they have got a problem. Most traditional Swan Lakes have approximately the same Act 2 and parts of Act 3 and even some parts of Act 1. Other interpolations are always being changed, taken out (or even restored).
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