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Naomi M

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  1. American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Celebration gala can be watched for free with registration. The event will be held on July 15th, 19:00 local time. https://www.abt.org/support/special-events/abt-summer-celebration/ ABT’s Summer Celebration will feature new works by Silas Farley, Helen Pickett, and ABT Principal Dancer James Whiteside. First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, will deliver the welcoming remarks and honorees for the program are “ABT Heroes” – medical advisor Dr. Robert Galvin and ABT champion supporter and actress Jennifer Garner, both of whom have generously offered their time and talent to sustain America’s National Ballet Company® over the past 18 months.
  2. Semperoper Ballett in Dresden presents A Collection of Short Stories, including The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Dawson’s Faun(e)
  3. May Nagahisa has been promoted to First Soloist at Mariinsly. https://www.instagram.com/p/CQaqVSMjnnS/?utm_medium=copy_link
  4. And Christian Spuck appointed director of Stastsballett Berlin https://www.instagram.com/p/CQIztOSNv_k/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  5. The former costumes of Royal Ballet's Cinderella has been sold to National Ballet of Japan where it is very popular and performed almost every year. So the dancers here wear the costumes with the names of Sylvie Guillem, Miyako Yoshida, Alina Cojocaru and Darcey Bussel. https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/ballet/cinderella/
  6. ienna State Ballet will live stream A Suite of Dances program tonight and it just started. https://play.wiener-staatsoper.at/event/4cad1ae9-b7c3-4ba5-92ce-91886cbcca05 Robbin's Glass Pieces, A Suite of Dances, The Concert and Balanchine's Duo Concertante. Program https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/spielplan-tickets/detail/event/985677145-a-suite-of-dances/ the streaming will remain online for 72 hours.
  7. Here, by English National Ballet.
  8. News that Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty starring Fumi Kaneko and Federico Bonneli will be released as Blu-Ray in Japan in late June. https://balletchannel.jp/15939 https://www.fairynet.co.jp/SHOP/4560219325746.html I will post the links to the web shop that will ship overseas as soon as it will become available.
  9. Sarah Lamb is expected to dance in the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo ithis summer. https://www.nbs.or.jp/english/news/the-16th-world-ballet-festival-to-be-held-in-august-2021.html
  10. Fabulous that you stayed up so late to see the live stream. Yes the corps de ballet of this company is very good, well rehearsed and today was the final performance so they are getting better day by day. Takafumi Watanabe is not Ayako Ono's regular partner so there might have been a little partnering issues but otherwise a good performance. Wonderful that you got the chance to see Raymonda at Kennedy Center, I envy you! Raymonda will be their next performance in June so fingers crossed that they can perform with audience this time.
  11. Dear Jeanette, I am very happy to know you are enjoying the relay. It is a cute but bitter in the end production, and yes it might be nice for ABT. (I remember seeing Coppelia at ABT with Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes about 15 years ago) Ayako Ono is one of the best ballerinas in Japan and Swanilda is the perfect role for her. Yamamoto is a former principal at the company and used to dance Franz in his prime years but his acting this time is really touching (and sometimes creepy but sophisticated). I also remember seeing Petit himself dance this role with much compassion. Hope you have enjoyed the second half as well!
  12. Nijisky by Marco Goecke, Teatro Massimo is currently streaming.
  13. Today is the second streaming of National Ballet of Japan's Petit Coppelia and here are some additional information. The brochure (synopsis is provided in English as well) https://c.logosware.com/rtnlpp/PaLJr/cGZp2/html5.html#page=1 Direct link to today's stream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2nOvlZiUqw Link to May 5th stream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NINBF3WM0lM Link to May 8th stream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga0XAxKqoP4 clip from dress rehearsal
  14. Mariinsky Ballet streamed the 2nd act of Swan Lake with Lopatkina and Ivanchenko. They will stream the 3rd act on the 7th.(which I posted above) Lopatikina's legendary Odette is a mesmerizing experience.
  15. Mariinsky Ballet will stream Swan Lake with Ulyana Lopatkina and Yevgeny Ivanchenko from their back catalogue.
  16. So saddened to know the passing of Katherine Barber. Such a passionate, knowledgeable, kind, generous and lovely lady. I met her several times in Tokyo, Toronto and other cities and was looking forward to see her again. Rest in peace. The ballet world is not the same without her.
  17. Opera de Bordeaux will have a celebration of dance on April 29th, and they will stream a performance of La Sylphide from 20:00 European time via their Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/opéra-national-de-bordeaux/journée-internationale-de-la-danse-avec-lonb-table-ronde-la-danse-à-bordeaux-dhi/188768783082466/ https://www.opera-bordeaux.com/journee-internationale-de-la-danse-avec-le-ballet-17513
  18. National Ballet of Japan’s Coppelia by Roland Petit streaming dates are announced. They will live stream all 4 casts. The streaming is free of charge but no archives will be provided. https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/ballet/free-live-stream-coppelia.html Dates: May 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th at 14:00 JST. (UK TIME 6:00am I guess) an online booklet and link to the stream will be provided later, but they will stream on their YouTube channel and Facebook. CAST 2 May 14:00 Swanilda: YONEZAWA Yui Franz: IZAWA Shun Coppelius: NAKAJIMA Syunya 4 May 14:00 Swanilda: KIMURA Yuri Franz: FUKUOKA Yudai Coppelius: YAMAMOTO Ryuji 5 May 14:00 Swanilda: IKEDA Risako Franz: OKUMURA Kosuke Coppelius: NAKAJIMA Syunya 8 May 14:00 Swanilda: ONO Ayako Franz: WATANABE Takafumi Coppelius: YAMAMOTO Ryuji I will recommend the first cast on May 2nd but other casts will be good as well.
  19. Japan has declared a state of emergency for the 3rd time in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. This is the result of the corrupt government policies that were unable to secure vaccines, and the increasing number of new valiant infection cases. Therefore, almost all performances were cancelled within a day's notice. There was a family ballet festival called Ueno no Mori Ballet Holiday scheduled next weekend but sadly this was cancelled, so the festival went online and there are several offerings provided. https://balletholiday.com/2021/online/ such as Tokyo Ballet's Giselle (excerpt) Asami Maki Ballet's Paquita https://vimeo.com/537602119 Asami Maki Ballet's Raymonda act 3 https://vimeo.com/537602119 Inoue Ballet's Nutcracker in full https://vimeo.com/537595463 Also National Ballet of Japan's Coppelia by Roland Petit performances were cancelled, but they are planning to have a streaming of the performance without audience for free, so I will add information later.
  20. Norwegian National Ballet, Alexander Ekman's A Swan Lake is available free. (till April 30th) https://operaen.no/digital/a-swan-lake/ Some information about the production. https://operaen.no/forestillinger/a-swan-lake-hjemme-i-stua/
  21. A vintage recording of New York City Ballet's Apollo in Hamburg 1965. https://www.ndr.de/orchester_chor/das_neue_werk/Strawinsky-in-Hamburg-Ballett-Apollon-musagete-1965,strawinsky160.html?fbclid=IwAR2gellg_uH09StG9-W5O7NfZWop8gi_SMzxL2dYXBMgi4x28_b2BJnv0gE Jacque d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Gloria Govrin and Patricia Neary, Karin von Aroldingen
  22. The Korean ballet comic series Navirella is fabulous, I hope this will have an English edition in the near future. (Japanese edition is available with the first few episodes free online.) it is really touching that a 70 year old man is struggling to bring his life long passion to study ballet in spite of all his family opposing to it. I can’t wait to watch the drama in Netflix.
  23. Czech National Ballet’s world premiere Puppet by Douglas Lee is available till March 24th. Another work Dos Soles Solos by Alejandro Cerrudo is coming up on the 26th. Trailer.
  24. Paris Opéra Ballet’s official Twitter does confirm this.
  25. Patrick Dupond, former Etoile and artistic director of Paris Opéra Ballet has passed away. He was 61. https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2021/03/05/patrick-dupond-ancien-danseur-etoile-de-l-opera-de-paris-est-mort_6072102_3382.html
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