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  1. Ballet Chambre Ouest (of Japan, Mariko Sasaki of Royal Ballet is from this school) holds a 2 week open air performance in the mountains every year called Kiyosato Field Ballet, and this year all the performances are Swan Lake with a slightly social distanced one. (no 2 act pas de deux, 4 little swans not holding hands). They are streaming a full length performance of the opening night, with Ayako Ono and Yudai Fukuoka of National Ballet of Japan last night which I saw live and was fabulous with the nature surrounding the stage. Until August 8th.
  2. It is a short clip but it is from National Ballet of Japan's brand new ballet for children, "Ryuguu the Turtle Princess" which successfully premiered last Friday. It is based on a well known Japanese folk tale, and has some Noh (japanese traditional theatre influence, and was a delightful one. The theatre took much care in the safety measures https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/news/all/important-notice-our-prevention-plan-and-request.html But unfortunately, the last 2 performances were cancelled today as a member of the staff was tested positive with Coronavirus.
  3. National Ballet of China's 60th Anniversary Gala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvh2ED0cvxo
  4. There is no company called Australian Ballet Theatre. https://australianballet.com.au/
  5. I watched the illegal upload of RB videos on YouTube and as a whole the quality of the focus and picture is much inferior to the original released Blu-rays, so you can't judge the quality of the production based on illegal YouTube uploads. Anyway the production staff and directors are all the same as the ones released by Opus Arte. Japan's NHK does film some ROH productions with their staff, it has only been broadcasted in 8K so I haven't seen them yet but they have filmed Swan Lake with Akane Takada this season and Fidelio with Jonas Kaufmann.
  6. It is. I think it is now a common knowledge that work conditions for ballet dancers in Japan is very low and that is the reason that many Japanese dancers seek opportunities overseas. Only a few companies offer regular salary (as far as I know only National Ballet of Japan and soloists of K-Ballet) and most dancers are only paid for performing, which means if you get injured you get nothing. Many dancers have to have other jobs which are mainly teaching at local schools and open classes, or at restaurants. And of course because of the Corona virus situation, they have no performing opportunity, the schools and classes closed, restaurants closed so they have no source of income. There are some compensation rescue packages for freelancers, but even if you apply for them the payment is slow and very few have received that.
  7. Financially they are not managing at all. The New National Theatre in Japan is consisted of the National Ballet, the Opera (they do not have an orchestra of their own and only the choir are the members) and the Theatre division (which is all guests except the AD and technical staff) as well at the Ballet, Theatre and Opera Academy. All performances were halted for 4 months. Japan is somewhat similar to UK, not enough state funding (they do have a small funding) as Japan's government culture budget is one of the smallest in all major countries. There are no art council here. The income relies heavily on ticket sales and also some corporate philanthropy funds as well as private donors. (But donation is not common here, not much people here chose donation instead of refunds this time, and the theatre lost millions in Pounds ) The National Ballet of Japan holds an annual Ballet for Children series, with very cheap tickets and many of the tickets are sold to schools. This performance receives more public funding than others, so they could afford this. But I doubt they will get any profit from this performance, because of the low ticket percentage. And National Ballet of Japan was supposed to open the 2020/21 season with a new production of Peter Wright's Swan Lake as Miyako Yoshida is taking over the leadership, but it became impossible because there are not enough rehearsal time and the repetitors can not enter the country. So Don Quixote will open the season in late October, again with reduced capacity. All subscriptions were cancelled so we had our tickets refunded and have to purchase single tickets. There are more serious situation with the Orchestras here, many of the orchestras are in the brink of closing down, so they are now slowly starting to have performances with altered programs and reduced capacities. There are some emergency funds from the Ministry of Culture but certainly not enough.
  8. In case of Japan, the doors are slowly opening. From June 12th for 8 days, a small performance by Saburo Teshigawara (who was nominated for the NDA this year as best modern male dancer) was held at his own venue in Tokyo, restricting the audience to 30 (half the usual) and with many safety measures. I was very happy to see a live performance first time in 2 and a half months. Some orchestras are starting to have concerts this week, mostly with restriction to 100 members in the audience for a 2000 seat venue and change of program. And the National Ballet of Japan will have a world premiere of "Ryuguu The Turtle Princess" (based on a Japanese folk tale) which is a contemporary ballet for children in July, with reduced capacity. The audience will have to have an empty seat on both sides. It will be the first performance for the company since their Manon was cut short in the end of February. I am looking forward to take my son for that. https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/news/all/notice-20200624.html https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/ballet/ballet-for-children-the-turtle-princess.html
  9. Thank you! This Prelude clip is so beautiful. And good to hear your memories of Fadeyechev.
  10. Nikolai Fadeyechev, Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, People's Artist of Russia has passed away at the age of 87. https://www.bolshoi.ru/about/press/articles/memory/nikolai-fadeyechev-has-passed/ He had been partner of great Soviet ballerinas such as Ulanova and Plisetskaya, and after his retirement he coached many dancers such as Sergei Filin, Andrey Uvarov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Ruslan Skvortsov. i wonder any one of you might remember him in the legendary 1956 Bolshoi tour in London when he danced Albrecht with Ulanova's Giselle. And he also danced with Nadia Nerina.
  11. Liceu Opera in Barcelona reopens, but exclusively for plants! What a view. https://www.wionews.com/photos/liceu-opera-in-barcelona-reopens-but-exclusively-for-plants-307816
  12. Here's a video of Summerscales and Acosta dancing Don Quixote pdd at the Monday concert at Bayerische Staatsoper, in front of an empty theatre.
  13. And you can watch Astana Opera's La Bayadere here with the late Tair Gatauov as Solor.
  14. Very sad news. Tair Gatauov, principal of Astana Opera and Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan passed away because of traffic accident on June 10th. The company will stream La Bayadere with him as Solor this evening in honour of this great artist on YouTube (Japan time 22:00 so I guess 15:00 in UK)
  15. Just in case, Ratmansky's Cinderella is currently streamed. (Vishneva, Shykryalov, Kondaurova)
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