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  1. It's not a matter of 'basic math', survival rate is determined by the percentage of deaths to those with the illness, not the total population.
  2. The Perm Ballet streamed a whole ballet 'The Bluebird and Princess Florine' based on the story. The composer was Adolphe Adam. It was a very traditional Russian ballet, quite old fashioned. I didn't make a note of the choreographer but it can't have been Petipa as Nadine Meisner doesn't list it in her lengthy biography.
  3. I enjoyed the Vail opening digital programme. To see Tiler Peck in 5 different ballets, and also to see a ballet she had choreographed, was brilliant. The Balanchine excerpts were frustrating, because so brief, but still very welcome. It was wonderful to see Balanchine's Elegie, you could tell from the choreography that it just had to be created on Suzanne (Farrell) although she would have danced it with even more rapt spirituality than Korbes. It must be one of the very last pieces Balanchine choreographed for Suzanne. Re Lil' Buck, I thought his piece had been chosen as it was so relevant to BLM and the upcoming election. It was great to see an excerpt from one of Robbins's masterpieces and well danced by Herman Cornejo.
  4. One of my favourite dancers, one of the places I love most in the world, some of my favourite music, and such poignant choreography and dancing. Thank you, Bruce.
  5. For me, Balanchine's ballet relates well to the music (which isn't especially Faustian in most of the ballet section) and I've always loved his version, especially when danced by dancers like Nichols and Hlinka. But equally I fell in love with the Soviet version which I first saw in the Paul Czinner Bolshoi Ballet film in the '50s. It was danced by Raissa Struchkova (one of the best ever Cinderellas) and her husband Alexander Lapauri, with astonishing reckless abandon. Ironically, whenever I see Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream, I think of the Russian Walpurgisnacht, in some of the irritating passages for Puck in the first act.
  6. The Paris Opera is currently streaming the gala held to celebrate its 350th anniversary. Although mostly opera there are 3 ballet excerpts. Fans of Neumeier's Dame aux Camelias will be pleased that 2 of the excerpts are pas de deux from that ballet: Leonore Baulac and Mathieu Ganio (8.26 - 19.24 in) and Eleonora Abbagnato and Stephane Bullion (54 - 1.05 in), plus the pas de deux from Le Parc, Amandine Albisson and Florian Magnenet (22.38 - 30.37 in). It's available until 12 July (sorry I can't give a link, I'm totally technically illiterate)
  7. Yes, but it sounds as though there will be no continuation of furloughing for the sector, so continuing to pay staff could be difficult.
  8. No, Robin, the interview focused on the general issues for theatres, and the economic benefits for the night-time economy of people attending theatres, and therefore the more general economic risks of theatres closing. (For BRB fans who (used to) go to the Birmingham Hippodrome to see the company there were nostalgic- inducing pictures not just of the theatre but also the nearby bars and restaurants.) I don't think there were any references to BRB itself.
  9. There's going to be an interview with the CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome on the Sophy Ridge show on Sky News (on now, ends 9.30)
  10. I am disappointed that- so far- there have been no obituaries of Fadeyechev in the national press. Indirectly he had some influence on British ballet in the 1960s as he epitomised the Bolshoi's expressiveness and technical virtuosity that influenced Aston and others. In particular his partnership with Nadia Nerina, both in her guest performances at the Bolshoi and in the BBC version of Giselle, will have influenced Ashton a little in creating Fille mal Gardee on Nerina. (There is an ICA DVD available of the BBC Giselle, which includes Lydia Sokolova as Giselle's mother, so is an archive treasure, and MacMillan's first muse, Margaret Hill, as Myrthe, and Peter Wright as Wilfried, his first performance in the ballet of which he was later to develop such marvellous productions). Incidentally, I think I once read that the overhead lifts in Act 2 that we see in most productions nowadays were only introduced in Britain after the Bolshoi's visit and the BBC Nerina/Fadeyechev screening. I never saw Fadeyechev dance live but the Paul Cszinner (?) film of the Bolshoi Ballet, taken during the famous 1956 London season, with Ulanova and Fadeyechev in (an abridged) Giselle, had a huge impact on me. As Amelia says, he was a true danseur noble. His son was a good dancer, but not in the same league. I think his grandson also has danced with the Bolshoi, albeit in minor character roles.
  11. In some ways it was encouraging that in PMQs there were 4 MPs who raised the problems facing theatres, arts centres and creative arts (3 Conservative, 1 Labour). But disappointingly the PM, although stressing his support for the arts, and saying he was against laying people off, offered no financial support as it was necessary to "strike a balance" and just wait for the coronavirus to end. My own MP has promised to keep talking to ministers about supporting the creative arts as, no doubt, other MPs have
  12. I didn't see all of the debate but thought there'd been no mention of the performing arts until the last person I saw speak, I think the MP for Richmond, who commented that she had discussed theatre and the arts at some length in an earlier speech she had made in the debate. Most of the speeches I listened to focused on problems in their constituency.
  13. I've just read an article in the Financial Times that states that the most likely assistance that the Treasury may offer, but not soon, is a loans package. Two arts representatives have been pushing for a loan scheme of £1billion but if a package is agreed it is likely to be 'on a significantly smaller scale'. Loans would increase pressure on theatres in the future, since they would have to be repaid, in a period that theatres would be struggling financially. A few days ago I read an article suggesting that a scheme similar to Student Loans would be helpful for theatres, as repayment would depend on them reaching a certain level of income. The article also says that the new 1 metre relaxation would still only permit 40% of the auditorium could be seated (I think it was focusing on London theatres, it might vary according to the size and design of the theatre).
  14. So far 3 MPs have asked the PM about support for theatres in the debate following the PM's statement about reducing the lockdown. His replies were vague, saying the Secretary for State would continue to speak to the sector, trying to seek solutions through task forces. I have just sent an email to my MP, the more pressure they get the better.
  15. It was an important day in America, especially at the moment: Juneteenth, which celebrates the US emancipation from slavery, regarded by some as more significant than July 4 (Independence Day)
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