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  1. I didn't want to start a new topic, but I thought that this might be interesting and this might be an okay place to post it. To give a sense of how the ballet world is carrying on in Russia, Ballet Friends (Большой - Балет и Опера (Bolshoi Ballet and Opera)) probably the biggest Russian ballet forum has devoted a full three pages to general comments on the last two days of performances at their Mariinsky topic. I don't want to judge the wiseness of the Mariinsky/Bolshoi full scheduling of performances that has been in effect for almost a half year now, but it's certainly a contrast to many oth
  2. From video clips, Annamk, Kimin Kim does seem to be at the top of his game. Even with my very mixed feelings about the Mariinsky's dealing with the health aspects of its full programming, such as no seat spacing for the audiences, etc., Kimin Kim has, for me, been an inspiration through all of this.
  3. Great, Sim. Thank you. Could I add a brief one, featuring the wonderful ballerina Maria Kochetkova at her balletic finest, which also received a delighted response from both Alexei Ratmansky and Aurelie Dupont. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKHfWRVFR5G/ (thanks to Pherank at Ballet Alert!)
  4. Thanks, Ian. That's what can happen to you when you live in Switzerland. 😊 I've been there, half a year, for over thirty years. I like this sort of thing very much, when a dancer relates directly to and interacts with nature's beauty. Thanks also, John. This is quite charming among other nice things.
  5. “They [two new NY City Center works, one by Christopher Wheeldon] reminded me of what I love in dance: the way watching a person move on a stage, to music, can stir something deep inside of you, something you didn’t know was there.” (Marina Haars — Dance Tabs)
  6. Thank you very much Naomi. The Mariinsky will be appearing for the first time.
  7. If I could make a quick general comment, I just started following this topic today. There’s a lot that I haven’t read, but based on some of the opening gala reports this seems to be the best worldwide scenario (performers and audience) for reopening that I’ve yet read about.
  8. Mandy, your's (and the following ones) might well be the first ballet review of a live performance that I've read since all this started. It was a real pleasure and you might have made history (for me anyway). Thanks !
  9. They are probably the most vulnerable because many are elderly. I've briefly chatted with a few over the years and they are lovely and devoted individuals deserving much better than this. Let's hope for the best. "Daily Testing" This is something that I wrote at Ballet Alert! that might have some interest now. It's based on two New York Times articles about practical and reliable daily testing. It seems promising to me but I've not seen much written about it since. New York Times — Gia Kourlas — July 24, 2020 “There’s No Social Distancing for Da
  10. It might be worth noting that the Paris Opera is also starting with the two or three dancers on stage at time format. The Mariinsky began like this in July and is doing it again with its reopening this weekend. It may well become part of the new startup norm. I don't know yet what audience spacing the Paris Opera will use.
  11. L' Opéra National de Paris https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/services-and-practical-info/booking-opening-on-8-september?utm_campaign=social-organic&utm_medium=instagram&utm_source=reseaux-sociaux&utm_term=ouverture-8-septembre
  12. The Mariinsky will be resuming "galas" (one or two dancers at a time) this weekend, with checkerboard seating. A week later it will have a full performance, Romeo and Juliet. A week after that, closely dated full performances will begin. All of September will be checkerboard seating. The Bolshoi will begin full performances the beginning of this month with two seats together, then a space. I think the performing arts world will be paying close attention. The Bath guidelines posted above seem to be quite good and will probably be the norm for a while.
  13. Thanks, Jan. Very lovely. This is what it's all about after everything. One step at a time, for the moment, seems like one very good way to go.
  14. I'm unable to edit my posts, so I'll have to continue in this fashion. Peony, the article does say, “The corps de ballet soon joined rehearsals, and the class size jumped to 30 dancers.” If only 30 dancers were active, then your 10% figure is unfortunately correct. But, it's been stated at several sources that 30 dancers were infected, 27 mildly. It's not likely that all the active dancers were infected, thus more than thirty were probably active. In any case your 10% figure is possibly much closer than my 1%.
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