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  1. I'm not the only one who objects to the discriminations shown to single ticket bookers: https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/post-pandemic-theatres-must-stop-penalising-single-ticket-buyers
  2. I would still say that there are opportunities in companies abroad from whatever nation you come from. It is easy to make statistics say anything you want to. Nobody has ever said it is easy to become a professional ballet dancer anywhere in the world. Far more dancers are trained than there will ever be vacancies and that is a fact. You haven't commented on the point about dancers from different countries/backgrounds enriching experiences not only for the watching public but for their colleagues too. I'm not going to waste any more time on this.
  3. 5 corps members at Philadelphia out of a total of 17 (about 30%) are not American and in Miami 8 out of 35 corps members are not American...
  4. Presumably neither Philadephia or MCB fall into this category. In Philadelphia 5/17 are non US and in MCB it is 8/35. Thomas Forster, the British principal at ABT has risen through the ranks at that company to attain that rank. https://www.abt.org/people/thomas-forster/?type=performer Going back to non-British dancers in the UK I can remember Carlos Acosta joining ENB as a whippersnapper but can't remember his progression in the Royal (I think he left ENB to go to Houston) and all the others rose through the ranks within UK companies. There are opportunities in most parts of the world for people of any nationality. I'm not saying it is in any way easy but it is possible to succeed abroad.
  5. So I've just checked the ABT corps - of 52 listed, 23 are non-US. At Philadelphia Ballet 5/17 of the corps are non-US and 2/6 apprentices are non-US. I'm not interested enough to try and work out their personal relationships in terms of nationality. Not ballet related but the husband of a friend was head-hunted by a company in Silicon Valley some years ago. My friend went with him but was not entitled to work for the 18 months they were there.
  6. As a ballet-watcher I would say that the UK ballet scene would be a poorer place without the ability to watch non-UK dancers within our companies. We would have been a lot poorer without the opportunity to see the likes of Daria Klimentova, Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, Miyako Yoshida, Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma to name but a few. All of these named dancers spent either all or the majority of their performing careers thrilling UK audiences. I would say that the audiences of many companies world-wide would make similar statements about their local companies. Let us not forget Xander Parish is a principal at the Mariinsky and Alex Jones was a principal at Stuttgart before moving to Zurich. Greig Matthews joined Northern Ballet earlier this year after dancing in Vienna and at the Joffrey in Chicago.
  7. Surely that would also apply to dancers of any other nationality?
  8. I think you are being a bit naive about the employment situation for non-US dancers in US companies. I have chosen 5 companies at random. Tulsa Ballet proudly states that it is a company of 22 dancers from 8 different companies. (I didn't check to see if any of those are British). American Ballet Theatre has 16 principal dancers listed of whom 1 is British and another 5 are not from the US. Of the soloists 3 out of 8 are non-US. Philadephia Ballet has 8 principals of whom 5 are non-US, 3 senior soloists of whom 2 are non-US and 6 soloists of whom 2 are non-US. Colorado Ballet has 3 principals and none of them are US. 4/8 soloists are non-US and 1/3 demisoloists is non-US. At Miami City Ballet 6/10 principals are non-US and 1/8 of the top 2 ranks of soloist is non-US. I scanned the dancer biographies very quickly and saw dancers listed from Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Brazil, Cuba to name but a few.
  9. Choreographer Andrew McNicol becomes English National Ballet School’s first Artistic Associate English National Ballet School is delighted to announce choreographer, Andrew McNicol has become its first ever Artistic Associate. As Artistic Associate, Andrew will deepen his existing relationship with the School, continuing to choreograph new works for the students who will also benefit from informal mentoring support, guidance and inspiration as they work collaboratively together throughout the academic year. Of his new appointment Andrew McNicol said; “I am honoured to become Artistic Associate of English National Ballet School. I really admire the vision Viviana Durante has for the school and the importance placed on creativity, collaboration and wellbeing that will serve the students well as they go into their professional careers. I look forward to deepening our relationship and working with the next generation of dancers.” Since 2019 Andrew has created five new works for English National Ballet School. 2019’s Winter Showcase saw him choreograph two works, Splendour and Finale, hailed as a “classical blowout”(Dance Europe). In 2020 he choreographed Gradus for the School’s virtual Summer Performance created through virtual classes and rehearsals across four time zones. His socially distanced ballet, Of Space & Time, was performed at The Roundhouse for the online Winter Showcase. An extract from his latest work, Grace & Gravity, was performed as part of this year’s Summer Performance at The Bloomsbury Theatre, which marked the School’s return to performing in front of a live audience. Artistic Director of English National Ballet School, Viviana Durante said: “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to the English National Ballet School family. This is a really exciting opportunity for our students to learn from and be inspired by one of the leading choreographers working today. As a young artist himself, Andrew is the perfect person to not only create outstanding art with our students but also help them develop as both artists and people.” Andrew’s appointment as Artistic Associate is a further example of English National Ballet School’s commitment to providing its students with world-class training, education, pastoral care and performance opportunities. - Ends - About English National Ballet School English National Ballet School prepares the finest young ballet dancers for a lifetime of achievement, providing world-class training, education, pastoral care and performance opportunities. We provide our students with the confidence, creativity and skills for a career as a professional dancer with the major international companies and for a future beyond performing. We aspire to be the school of choice for the next generation of ballet artists and to pioneer the future of dance education. www.enbschool.org.uk About Andrew McNicol Andrew McNicol is a freelance British choreographer noted as a “rising star” (BBC News) and “talented beyond his years”. Born in Hull, his choreographic work began whilst studying at The Royal Ballet School, where he won the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic competition. He later completed his formal training with an MA at Central’s Professional Choreographic Programme. Andrew has choreographed internationally including for Joffrey Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Northern Ballet, BalletX, twice for New York Choreographic Institute and Tulsa Ballet among others. He was the recipient of the 2018 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship and created Requiem, hailed as “powerful and sensitive” (Main Line Times). In 2019 he created Yonder Blue for Joffrey Ballet receiving critical acclaim; “gives a sense of awesome wonderment” (Chicago Tribune) “A rare gem of a ballet that transcends the here and now” (Lynn Shapiro). Andrew is a versatile choreographer, alongside creating narrative and abstract modern ballets for the stage he has also created award winning dance works for film and site-specific projects, most notably for the 2012 London Olympics. Recently he founded the McNicol Ballet Collective (MBC), a modern ballet collective to forge artistic collaborations across arts disciplines that use the rich language of ballet to address contemporary themes. MBC has already been hailed as “a daring project from McNicol... that of course, only adds to the excitement.” (Culture Whisper)
  10. Links - Thursday 29 July, 2021 Obituary - Vanessa Leyonhjelm, costume & fashion designer: Iris Papathanasiou, Neos Kosmos Review - London: Sara Veale, Spectator Royal Ballet, Beauty mixed programme National Youth Dance Company, Speak Volumes Gallery - National Youth Dance Company, Speak Volumes, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Book Review/Feature - James Whiteside, Center Center: Marina Harss, Fjord Review Preview - Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Firebird, Dunedin & on tour: Staff, Otago Daily Times News: BAAND Festival announces 5 leading ballet companies performing together in New York: Adam Feldman, Time Out NY Feature - Tom Oakley, the boy with cystic fibrosis who dances for his life: Hayley Richardson, Mail News - Amar Ramasar to retire from New York City Ballet in May 2022: Javier C Hernández, NY Times Feature - Wellington Inclusive Dance (WIDance): Kezia Bennett, Stuff Feature - What my ballet instructor taught me about mentorship: Sarah Bird, Forbes Feature - 12 of the best ballet scores: Rosie Pentreath, Classic FM
  11. Links - Wednesday 28 July, 2021 Feature - Hope Muir, AD Designate of National Ballet of Canada: Steve Sucato, Pointe Magazine Feature - Dance is finally back (New York): Siobhan Burke, Harper's Bazaar Feature - Drew McOnie, choreographer: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review - Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, mixed programme, Los Angeles: Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadway World Review - Gallim, You are here, New York: Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance News - The Joyce Theatre New York announces Autumn 2021 season: Marina Harss, NY Times Feature - Clara Miller, New York City Ballet’s Songbird: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Preview Feature - Footnote New Zealand Dance, Dance Danced Dancing, Wellington: Mandy Te, Stuff Documentary Feature - Twin documentaries spotlight dance legends Alvin Ailey & Bill T Jones: Lyndsey Bahr, Chicago Sun Times via AP Feature - Deaf Indigenous Dance Group (DIDG) sees music, feels rhythm, dances in silence: Carli Willis, ABC Featurette - Yorkshire Ballet Seminars 2021 in Harrogate: Graham Chalmers, Harrogate Advertiser Book Excerpt - Swan Dive: Georgina Pazcoguin, Elle
  12. Hello MumMumMum and welcome to the Forum!
  13. I've just checked the PDF I was sent a link to. There is one of those square bar-code-thing at the top of it and underneath my name and DOB it says that the 2D bar-code expires on 1st August 2021. I had applied on 2nd July.
  14. Links - Tuesday 27 July, 2021 Review - Rosie Kay, Absolute Solo ll: Artemis Clown, Adult Female Dancer, Edinburgh: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Reviews - National Youth Dance Company, Speak Volumes, London: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Jane Darcy, Reviews Hub Preview - Vail Dance Festival 2021, Vail: Roy Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post Documentary Review - And we danced (Australian Ballet): Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Feature - JoAnn M Hunter, choreographer: Liz Hoggard, Stage News Feature - Jumaane Taylor appointed AD of Chicago’s Rhythm World 2021: Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun Times
  15. I got one, just to see what it looked like and it was valid for 30 days. Presumably one can reapply as necessary?
  16. Links - Monday 26 July, 2021 Documentary Feature - What made Mr Ailey Mr Ailey: Linda Matchan, Washington Post Feature - Dancing, hopes and the pandemic: four dancers talk: Alessandro Bizzotto, Dance for You Magazine Review - This week in dance: Sarah Crompton, Observer Live: Carlos Acosta, On Before, Norwich Streamed: Rambert, Eye Candy, Rouge Review - English National Ballet School, Summer Show, London: Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance Review - Gallim, You are here, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Review - Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Black Victorians, Milton Keynes: Sanjoy Roy, Guardian Streamed Review - Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Rite of Spring: Robert Tanitch, British Theatre Guide Video Feature - American Ballet Theatre’s executive director on the company’s return to the stage: Anjali Sundaram, CNBC Review - Tokyo Olympics, Opening Ceremony: Arifa Akbar, Observer
  17. Links - Sunday 25 July, 2021 Feature - Carlos Acosta, ballet’s Renaissance man, dances towards his 50s: David Jays, Sunday Times Streamed Review - Rambert, Eye Candy, Rouge: Maggie Foyer, Seeing Dance Feature - Tom Oakley, the boy with cystic fibrosis who dances for his life: Liam Kelly, Sunday Times Featurette - Anna Gallardo Lobaina, Royal New Zealand Ballet: Emma Page, Stuff Feature - The role of dance in African culture: Mary Morajeyo Okewola, Global Sisters' Report Feature - In post-Irving era, Oregon Ballet Theatre puts its trust in (Peter) Franc: Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune Video - Meet Philadelphia’s House dancers preserving the soul of the scene: Kelly Whalen, KQED Feature - The woman who dreamed of banking … and belly dancing: Nadine Wojakovski, Jewish Chronicle
  18. PUTROV PRODUCTIONS & I-DO LAB present UKRAINIAN BALLET GALA TRADITION, INNOVATION, CELEBRATION An evening of ballet classics featuring the world premiere of System A/I by choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and dramaturg Olga Danylyuk at Sadler’s Wells Theatre 7pm on 7 September 2021. UK-based Ukrainian dancer Ivan Putrov and British-Ukrainian theatre director Olga Danylyuk present Ukrainian ballet stars to Sadler's Wells Theatre in a one-off ballet gala at London's premiere dance house on September 7th 2021. The gala is a unique artistic collaboration bringing some of the best UK and Ukrainian dancers together on stage for the very first time. The evening also marks the inaugural performance from the Ukrainian National Ballet in the UK. Ukrainian principal dancers currently performing around the world with American Ballet Theatre, Wiener Staatsballett, Lithuanian National Ballet and Toulouse Ballet du Capitole will join stars from The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in a programme which spans the classics including The Dying Swan, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide and Grand pas Classique to System A/I, a world premiere from choreographer, Ludovic Ondiviela and dramaturg Olga Danylyuk. The evening will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Yevhenii Dehtiarov. Dancers starring in the gala include principal dancers from The Royal Ballet: Matthew Ball, Mayara Magri and Cesar Corrales; Isaac Hernández, (Lead Principal, English National Ballet); Christine Shevchenko, (Principal, American Ballet Theatre); Denys Cherevychko, (Principal, Vienna State Ballet); Natalia de Froberville, (Principal, Ballet du Capitole, Toulouse) and Olesya Shaitanova, (Principal Soloist, Lithuanian National Ballet). Former Royal Ballet Principal Ivan Putrov (Producer of acclaimed Men in Motion and Against the Stream) said: “Ukraine’s long history of producing great dancers is alive and flourishing. I am thrilled to be able to introduce them to British audiences alongside some of our finest London-based dancers in this tremendously exciting gala celebrating the tradition and innovation of Ukrainian culture.” Ludovic Ondiviela choreographer of System A/I said: “System A/I began life as a short duet for Men in Motion and I have wanted to create a full length piece ever since. I’m fascinated about our growing use of A/I. I wanted to ponder the consequences of a scenario in which artificial intelligence has replaced human connection and what that could mean for our emotional lives. What value can a perfect rendering of human emotion have when it is produced by algorithms and what do we forfeit in this exchange?” Dr Olga Danylyuk (PhD, RCSSD, University of London), Director of I-Do Lab and Dramaturg for System A/I said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase both the traditions and new directions of Ukrainian ballet. To see the classics performed by such a brilliant international cast of dancers alongside the premiere of System A/I - which has been created especially for the gala makes for a tremendously exciting evening.” The full evening’s programming and further casting will be announced shortly. Notes to editors Ukrainian Ballet Gala Programme Accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Yevhenii Dehtiarov PART I World Premiere of System A/I choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela Dramaturg Olga Danylyuk Matthew Ball, Mayara Magri and Ivan Putrov (additional casting TBC) INTERVAL PART II Grand pas Classique - Mayara Magri, Denys Cherevychko Suite en blanc (Cigarette Solo) - Natalia de Froberville Le Corsaire - Olesia Shaytanova, Matthew Ball The Dying Swan - Christine Shevchenko Forest Song - (Casting TBC) Gopak - Andriy’s solo from Taras Bulba - (Casting TBC) Five Tangos -Denys Cherevychko Diana and Actaeon - Natalia de Froberville, Isaac Hernández Don Quixote Suite - Christine Shevchenko, Cesar Corrales (additional casting TBC) *casting and repertoire subject to change Address: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN Performance Date: 7 September 2021 (7pm) Tickets: £20-£95 Booking: www.sadlerswells.com Telephone: 020 7863 8000 Ukrainian Ballet Gala is a collaboration between Putrov Productions and I-Do Lab. The evening is generously sponsored by FERREXPO PLC and ICU. Ivan Putrov - Principal Dancer and Producer Ivan Putrov was born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a ballet family. He trained at The Kyiv State Choreographic Institute and at the Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation Sir Anthony Dowell invited him to join the Company, where he became a Principal after three seasons. His repertory includes Principal roles in all the classics and ballets by MacMillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, Nijinsky, Bourne, Tetley, Cranko, Bournonville, Robbins, De Valois, Zamuel, Tudor, Goleizovsky, McGregor, Forsythe, Kylián, Maliphant, De Frutos, Petit, Duato and more. International appearances include leading roles with the National Ballet Companies of Cuba, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, England, Mexico, Georgia, Vienna Staatsoper, Asami Maki Ballet Theatre and with The Royal Ballet in many of the world’s most renowned theatres. Awards include Premier Prix at the Prix de Lausanne, Gold Medal at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition, Gold Medal at the Nijinsky Festival, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, Medal for Work and Achievement from the President of Ukraine and was made an Honorary Artist of Ukraine. He has worked with Mario Testino, Johnnie Shand-Kidd, Philip Haas, Nick Knight, Gary Hume, Sam Taylor-Wood and the Pet Shop Boys on photographic, film and other creative projects. Ivan has performed at numerous special events and charities including at Buckingham Palace, the opening of Millennium Opera House, Cardiff and for the 101st birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother at the Royal Opera House. The Pet Shop Boys wrote The Most Incredible Thing for him which was first performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2011 and was filmed by the BBC. In 2012 Ivan conceived and produced 'Men in Motion', an exploration of the changing role of the male dancer over the last century. It premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2012 and has had three more successful runs at the London Coliseum as well as presented in Italy, Russia, Poland and Ukraine. In 2019 Ivan’s new project ‘Against the Stream’ dedicated to masters of ballet who have changed its history premiered at the London Coliseum to critical acclaim from the dance and national press. Dr Olga Danylyuk (PhD, RCSSD, University of London, MA, Central Saint Martins, Director of I-DO Lab) - Theatre Director and Producer Olga Danylyuk started her theatre career on Broadway, NY as an assistant to the renowned designer Ann Hould-Ward upon graduating from the Lviv Art Academy. Since then, she has embarked on an international career as a theatre designer and director within a range of performance forms, including musicals, opera, ballet, physical theatre and drama. Her experience in theatre includes working with LaMama Theatre and Joyce Soho in New York, Camden People Theatre and Laban Contemporary Dance School in London, Mariinski Theatre and Theatre of Comedy and Drama in Moscow among others. As a director Olga has focused on site-specific and large-scale promenade performances in Ukraine. The first production she produced and directed ‘When We Were Gods’ – was a performance based on Ukrainian mythology in collaboration between Ukrainian circus artists and Italian musicians. The performance enjoyed a successful run during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Later, Olga went on to found and direct the Theatre Lab at the Ukrainian flagship Institution Art Arsenal, where she started an International Programme of cultural exchange, introducing European artists to Ukrainian audiences. Among notable projects, the International Programme cooperated with Belgian virtual theatre collective CREW, the German Theatre of Research and David Edgar, a celebrated British playwright. Olga completed her PhD using PaR methodology at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama under the title: ‘Virtually True’. Intermedial Strategies in the Staging of War Conflict in 2015. In her research on mediatized war, she explored the inter-determining relationship between art and politics. A turning point in Olga’s life has been the actual war in Ukraine, bringing her research topic into reality. In 2015 Olga went to the eastern Ukrainian warzone as a member of a Civil-Military Cooperation group and since then spent five years working with children in warzone. Together with teenagers from the warzone Olga produced, directed and co-wrote two major performances: ‘Letters to an Unknown Friend from New York’ and ‘Contact Line’. Dr. Olga Danylyuk also works as a researcher and a curator. She is a Member of the Law and Theory Lab, at the University of Westminster and a Research Fellow at the Birkbeck School of Arts, London. In 2016-2018 Olga served as an adviser to the Minister of Culture of Ukraine working to promote international cooperation with prominent cultural institutions. Ludovic Ondiviela – Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela was born in Perpignan, France. He trained in Marseille at Studio Ballet Colette Armand and in 2001 won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne to study at the Royal Ballet Upper School. In 2003 he joined The Royal Ballet Company and was promoted to soloist in 2007. His choreography regularly features in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works, Young Choreographer’s evening, and across several galas around Europe. Ludovic created Dopamine (you make my levels go silly) for the 2013 Ballet Black season and Berlin for “Men in Motion”. Since leaving The Royal Ballet in October 2014, Ludovic created and directed his first full-length work Cassandra which opened at the ROH Linbury Theatre. Ludovic has continued to choreograph for numerous companies in the UK and Europe including the Gandini Company and Ballet Ireland; for Northern Ballet Choreographic lab and for various commercials and films. In 2016 Ludovic created “Sliver of Sky” for Amnesty International which was performed at Sadler’s Wells, London.
  19. Full casting announced for Coppelia, the inaugural performances by KVN Dance Company KVN Dance Company are thrilled to announce the full cast for the forthcoming World Premiere of Coppelia, by leading choreographer and director Kevan Allen. This brand-new re-imaging of the classic ballet will open at the Cockpit Theatre for a strictly limited run from Thursday 2 September – Saturday 11 September 2021. Tickets on sale now! The eclectic cast of 13 dancers come from wide range of training and professional backgrounds, echoing the company’s mission to present dance in all its forms to the widest possible audience. Performing in the role of Dr Coppelius is Micheal Downing whose credits include music videos for international popstars Olly Murs, MK and Becky Hill and who recently received rave reviews for his performances in Peter and the Wolf at the Hackney Empire. He is joined by Marina Fraser as Swanhilder, who has danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Viviana Durante Company, and Danny Fogarty as Franz, who recently appeared in the hugely successful Netflix period drama Bridgerton. They are joined by Rosie Southall (Snow White, Wayne McGregor Reset 2020), Laura Braid (core member of BirdGang), Evonnee Bentley-Holder (Guys and Dolls, Doctor Dolittle), Ediz Ibrahim (Bridgerton, Remembering the Oscars), Tamsin January (All or Nothing - The Mod Musical), Thomas Charles (A Christmas Carol), Jeanie Ryan (Flashdance the musical), Zach Parkin (New Adventures: Edward Scissorhands, Lord of the Flies and Swan Lake), Diante Lodge (The Best of the West End) and Ellis Rose Rother (Netflix: The Crown and Jingle Jangle) The production is a complete reimagination of the classic ballet Coppelia and will expand and develop the existing story, delving deeper into the background of the characters and immersing the audience into the sometimes-unsettling mind of Dr Coppelius. While the traditional ballet focuses on Dr Coppelius, Swanhilder and the life-size doll that comes between them, this retelling will address his intent on creating the doll and how that impacts on his relationship with the wider community of villagers. Coppelia features a remixed version of the original Delibes score by Rickard Berg who has previously collaborated with Mick Jagger, Mica Paris and Gavin Rossdale. The production will also feature costumes and styling by Wendy Olver whose credits include Sir Elton John, Mulberry and Harvey Nichols. KVN Dance Company was founded in 2017 by world-renowned director and choreographer Kevan Allen. Having created work on stages around the world for a range of creatives including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Trevor Nunn and Kylie Minogue, KVN Dance Company marks the next stage in Kevan’s illustrious career. The Company aims to bring a diverse mix of choreographic styles and dance forms together to create original and inspiring works that cross all genres of dance, breaking down barriers and introducing Kevan’s eclectic and innovative style to new audiences.
  20. Hello BalletMum2020 and welcome to the Forum! I have moved you query to the more appropriate Doing Dance forum where all things about doing dance are discussed. Here is a thread about European Summer Intensives that may give you some useful information: Member Kate_N recommends also joining the American Ballet Talk for Dancers where European schools are also discussed.
  21. I don’t think she has returned to the stage Ian - she was credited as co-creator.
  22. Hello TheLuckyFour and welcome to the Forum!
  23. Hello rj777 and welcome to the Forum. I have moved your post to the more appropriate Doing Dance forum where all things to do with dancing (as opposed to watching dance) are discussed.
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