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  1. More UK news .... to put things in perspective ... More than 50% of staff at Exeter Northcott Theatre could be at risk of losing their jobs, with 21 roles under threat at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and a requirement to cut staff costs by as much as 70% at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol. Northcott artistic director Daniel Buckroyd said the theatre was unsuccessful in its bid to Arts Council England for emergency funding because it is not in danger of closing before September. However, Buckroyd said that this, combined with the end of the furlough scheme and the impact of losing 90% of its income, which comes through ticket sales, meant it must look to cut staff.
  2. Here is Act I of Napoli in Ib Andersen's production for Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony available for 24 hours only ...
  3. A review of a socially distanced (non-balletic) experience at La Scala: https://www.gramilano.com/2020/07/the-experience-of-returning-to-a-socially-distanced-la-scala/ Meanwhile ... on the UK front ... Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced it is beginning redundancy consultations that could affect up to 40% of staff, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the announcement of the government’s support package and Arts Council England’s emergency funds, which Birmingham Rep said would “partially mitigate” its losses, the theatre said cost-saving measures would be necessary to ensure the organisation’s future survival amid continued uncertainty about when it could reopen. “Even after the new measures are taken into account, we believe that survival is threatened if we do not act now. We could still be facing many months of being unable to trade and must therefore take action to mitigate the loss of income by reducing our costs.”
  4. Some may be interested in checking out Lincoln Center's entrancing and all-star concert performance of Rogers and Hamerstein's Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. I only add this here as the dance sequences - based on the original Agnes De Mille - are performed by Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in 2012. At that time BOTH were still principals of NYCB.
  5. A strong and elegant piece with Miami City Ballet dancers celebrating the heroes of the Covid 19 pandemic - plus an equally chic introduction by Lourdes Lopez ...
  6. Not 'strictly' perhaps, Jeanette, but certainly 'official' ... Enjoyed the programme very much myself - as well as the Alumnae memories. Nadon is radiant ... and to think - only 16! ... Great fun too to see Arch Higgins as the Ringmaster. I so remember Robbins doing it and delighting in poking fun at himself. So many memories from decades of SAB Workshops and so pleased that the vast majority are still available to view in the invaluable Robbins collection at the NYPL, Lincoln Center and open to anyone who wishes to watch and benefit from them.
  7. The SAB (School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB - New York City Ballet, both founded by George Balanchine) Workshop Performance Celebration, with pieces by Balanchine, Robbins and Peck, is available for your enjoyment until 13th July (i.e., up to and including 13th July) here ...
  8. Found a few bits of this impactful. There are some dancers you will recognise ... Matthew Ball, Benjamin Ella, etc .... I almost didn't recognise Taylor Stanley with his head shaved. Looks good though. Nice to see Madison Keesler ... and Lonnie Weeks ... and one of the most beautiful sets to be held 'Aloft' .... oh, and a Tango en pointe that is exceedingly well shot.
  9. An interview with Marianela Nunez - https://www.gramilano.com/2020/07/in-conversation-with-marianela-nunez/
  10. Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony will stream one act from their production (staged by Ib Andersen) of Bournonville's Napoli, on three successive Sundays, July 12th, 19th, and 26th. Each will be available for 24 hours only and will be posted on the Phoenix Symphony’s YouTube page here.
  11. So look forward to hearing news of the ballet/dance companies' outdoor performances. Can't wait to walk or cycle to those within my local (London) reach.
  12. Surely you saw him dance during all those years he was at NYCB, Jeanette. (If I remember correctly he took a break in the middle to appear in Fosse on Broadway.) He had a great range. You can see that same breadth of influence in his choreographic work. The pieces he did for the Company and for the Choreographic Institute always showed great promise I thought and Martins always championed him.
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