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  1. Here is Act I of Napoli in Ib Andersen's production for Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony available for 24 hours only ...
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. An interview with Marianela Nunez - https://www.gramilano.com/2020/07/in-conversation-with-marianela-nunez/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Again from the struggling Stage: .... During DCMS questions in the House of Commons, Dowden said: “I want to see these [cultural] institutions open their doors as soon as it is safe to do so, and I’m working extensively with the sector on how to achieve this and will be publishing further roadmap timings for further steps imminently.” ..... Dowden added: “We have more to do and there will be further announcements on restarts imminently but the best way to secure jobs and revive our sectors is to reopen them safely, and I won’t stop until we’ve achieved this for all DCMS sectors.” .... Dowden added: “The key thing for freelancers is to protect the institutions so that in future they can return [to work] as they reopen, and that is what this package [the one announced by the Chancellor yesterday] achieved.” Also ... Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the VAT reduction for the hospitality and leisure sectors during his mini-budget on July 8, and culture secretary Oliver Dowden subsequently confirmed that theatres and circuses will be eligible, along with concerts, fairs, amusement parks, museums and cinemas. ... The government has announced that VAT for theatres and circuses will be reduced from 20% to 5% until January 2021. .... Equity said: "Unions including Equity must be consulted as to how the Kickstart scheme can be applied to, and work effectively, in the entertainment industry ... New creative graduates are emerging into an industry in crisis and many have not been supported by the Self Employed Income Support Scheme."
  13. SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) where NYCB has for decades held a summer residence in Upstate New York which - like this everything else this year - was cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic - has sponsored a small digital season of its own during this month (commencing 14th July) in replacement. it will involve four new works from four choreographers and seven NYCB dancers. It is spearheaded by NYCB's Emily Kikta and Peter Walker with the musical elements being provided by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra - both of whom are also SPAC constituents. You can follow this on SPAC's Facebook page here.
  14. Telling? ... Perhaps ... Andrew Lloyd Webber has delayed performances of his and Emerald Fennell’s new Cinderella musical until March 2021. Also of germane interest to BcoF readers from the struggling Stage is the following. Certainly the renewed importance of the digital footprint for all arts aspects is one element which may well be seen as a defining legacy of the pandemic ... .... The online subscription service, [Marquee TV] which offers digital recordings of opera, dance and theatre, has already released its first co-commissioned recording of dance-theatre piece Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, in collaboration with the BBC. Until now, it has streamed existing recordings of works from organisations including the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company, but has shared its plans to become more involved in the creation of new digital work having been in conversation prior to Covid 19 with the Royal Opera House about co-producing recordings of works by emerging artists in the Linbury Theatre, which are set to resume when theatres reopen .... Director of partnerships at Marquee TV, Susannah Simons, said: "In a really odd way you can take advantage of the fact there’s no audience and you start looking at new spaces, new ways of doing things, and new ways of filming so you can create stuff that works in this new post Covid-19 world." .... Simons also said that Marquee is curating a festival of short films, called Summer Shorts, which will mainly be made up of dance films and will take place in August.
  15. American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck each work closely on performance excerpts with another acclaimed dance artist in this virtual five-part Studio 5 series curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Participating guests include Nina Ananiashvili (former ABT/Bolshoi principal), Merrill Ashley (former NYCB principal), Alessandra Ferri (former ABT/RB principal), Stephanie Saland (former NYCB principal), and Pam Tanowitz. All virtual Studio 5 events will be streamed for one week on City Center’s YouTube channel and can also be viewed below on this page. Following the week-long streaming period, City Center members will receive access to an archive of the full series. Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas is part of City Center’s Live @ Home virtual programming and includes the following events. Tiler Peck with Merrill Ashley On view from Thu Jul 16 at 3pm (8pm BST/UK Time) Sara Mearns with Nina Ananiashvili On view from Thu Jul 30 at 12pm (5pm BST/UK Time) Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland On view from Wed Sep 16 at 5pm (10pm BST/UK Time) Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz On view from Wed Sep 23 at 5pm (10pm BST/UK Time) Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri On view from Wed Sep 30 at 5pm (10pm BST/UK Time) All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing. Detailed Schedule - TILER PECK WITH MERRILL ASHLEY Thu Jul 16 at 3pm On view for seven days through Wed Jul 22 In the first program of the series, NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck, famous for her prodigious technique and musicality, works with former NYCB star and ballet master Merrill Ashley. Ashley created numerous roles for George Balanchine and is credited with establishing unprecedented levels of technique in the 1970s and ‘80s. Together they will explore a selection of Balanchine solos with Ashley coaching Peck live. SARA MEARNS WITH NINA ANANIASHVILI Thu Jul 30 at 12pm On view for seven days through Wed Aug 5 NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns has become known as one of America’s foremost interpreters of the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She explores this classic role live alongside Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili—a former principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and ABT, among others, and widely known as “one of the twelve greatest ballerinas of all time” (Daily Telegraph). TILER PECK WITH STEPHANIE SALAND Wed Sep 16 at 5pm On view for seven days through Tue Sep 22 NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck works with former NYCB ballerina Stephanie Saland on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic Dances at a Gathering. The only female solo in the hour-long quintessential piano ballet, Saland was coached in the role by Robbins himself who also choreographed a number of roles for her in the 1970s and ‘80s. SARA MEARNS WITH PAM TANOWITZ Wed Sep 23 at 5pm On view for seven days through Tue Sep 29 NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns works with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore new solo material created for her. Both artists have extended their artistic range in recent years—Tanowitz revealing her distinct choreographic voice through a witty and inventive post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary and Mearns expanding her repertory to include works by modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others. MISTY COPELAND WITH ALESSANDRA FERRI Wed Sep 30 at 5pm On view for seven days through Tue Oct 6 In the final program of the series, Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina with the prestigious ABT, revisits Juliet’s solo scenes in Act Three of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet to demonstrate how a ballerina continually refines her repertory, along with international ballet star and ABT principal dancer Alessandra Ferri.
  16. Works & Process at the Guggenheim Celebrates 50 Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem Dance Theatre of Harlem in Tones ll, choreography by Arthur Mitchell. Photo: Robert Altman/Works & Process at the Guggenheim Although founded in 1969, Dance Theatre of Harlem made its official New York debut in 1971 in the Guggenheim Rotunda with a performance that included Co-founder Arthur Mitchell’s Tones. Our Virtual Ballet Series continues this week with the online premiere of DTH’s 2019 performance at the Guggenheim Museum for the Works & Process Rotunda Project: Dance Theatre of Harlem at 50, a program celebrating the Guggenheim building’s 60th anniversary and DTH’s 50th anniversary. The company paid tribute to its history with Tones II, a restaging of Tones by former DTH Principal Ballerina Lorraine Graves with assistance from former DTH Principal Ballerina Caroline Rocher, set to music by Tania León; the first three themes from choreographer George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, with music by Paul Hindemith; and DTH Resident Choreographer Robert Garland’s Nyman String Quartet No. 2, with music by Michael Nyman. Works & Process Schedule of Events: Thursday, July 9 Inside Works & Process: The Four Temperaments at 8pm Watch a conversation with Deborah Wingert, a répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, on setting The Four Temperaments on Dance Theatre of Harlem, one of New York City Ballet’s solo pianists, Susan Walters, on playing The Four Temperaments live for the performance and DTH Company Artist Daphne Lee – on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram TV Friday, July 10 “What's the Step?” at 3pm Learn a section from Resident Choreographer Robert Garland's Nyman String Quartet No. 2 taught by Company Artist Christopher Charles McDaniel – on Instagram Live. Friday, July 10 Tones II - A Reflection On Arthur Mitchell at 8pm Current company artists Derek Brockington, Choong Hoon Lee, Amanda Smith and DTH alumni: former ballerina and Board Member China White, former ballerinas Gayle McKinney, Brenda Garrett-Glassman, and former Principal Dancer Donald Williams, reflect on their experiences working with Arthur Mitchell. Watch on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram TV. Saturday, July 11 Works & Process at 8pm Watch the online premiere of the September 2019 Works & Process performance streamed on YouTube, hosted by Caroline Cronson, producer of Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Viewers can participate in a live interactive chat on YouTube with Company Artists Christopher Charles McDaniel and Derek Brockington. Learn More
  17. Just a little more detail from The Stage - Arts Council England has announced support for 196 of its 829 national portfolio organisations, with money given to those who have shown they are at most urgent risk. .... London dance organisations Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet have been given the biggest grants, of £1.5 million and £1.35 million respectively. Of the total funding offered, 39% was offered to organisations in London, 27% granted to organisations in the north, 17% to organisations in the Midlands with the South East and South West given 9% and 8% respectively.
  18. The Vail Dance Festival, as spearheaded by the extraordinary Damian Woetzel, has announced a Digital Festival. Details of such are as follows - We are thrilled to bring you the Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition July 31-August 7, 2020! This special online series of events will feature unique performances from the past 10 years including debuts and revivals that have only been seen in Vail, a world premiere choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith made in, and for, the virtual space, plus a range of educational programming including Passing Balanchine On with Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, and Conversations On Dance with Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden. The Digital season is generously underwritten by Jody and John Arnhold. The Festival will be available for a limited time on our Facebook and YouTube channels. See the schedule below! OPENING NIGHT Friday, July 31, 6pm MST The Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition begins with a specially curated selection of performances from the past 10 years including debuts, revivals, and new works that have rarely if ever been seen outside of Vail. Hosted by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, with appearances by a range of the extraordinary dancers and musicians who have made Vail a summer laboratory for creative collaboration.  | LEARN MORE |  VIRTUAL GALA Sunday, August 2, 6pm MST The Virtual Gala evening will feature stars of the Vail Dance Festival from the worlds of ballet, tap, modern, and street dance. Among the highlights of this dynamic program will be The Personal Element, a 2019 Vail world premiere from revered choreographer Alonzo King, with an original score composed and performed by jazz luminary Jason Moran, danced by artists from Alonzo King LINES Ballet and New York City Ballet. | LEARN MORE |  PASSING BALANCHINE ON Monday, August 3, 6pm MST Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel on mentoring, coaching, and curating George Balanchine's works at the Vail Dance Festival, with Tiler Peck, Herman Cornejo, and Calvin Royal III, and featuring archival films of Balanchine repertory on Vail stages.   | LEARN MORE |  NOW: PREMIERES Tuesday, August 4, 6pm MST New works and collaborations made in Vail by a selection of today's most adventurous voices in dance, featuring a world premiere choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith with dancers Melissa Toogood, Calvin Royal III, and Smith herself joining in this dance made in and for the virtual space. This evening also features Rise Wait Climb Through, a 2018 world premiere choreographed by Justin Peck, with a commissioned score by Caroline Shaw.  | LEARN MORE |  CONVERSATIONS ON DANCE WITH REBECCA KING FERRARO & MICHAEL SEAN BREEDEN Wednesday, August 5, 6pm MST Join Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series Conversations On Dance, as they host in-depth discussions from afar with Festival artists including Lil Buck, Calvin Royal III, and "the Cindies" Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. | LEARN MORE |  CLOSING NIGHT Friday, August 7, 6pm MST Closing night of the Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition brings to the screen the extraordinary 2017 world premiere, we seem to be more than one, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance in collaboration with Dario Natarelli and her extraordinary cast. This piece captures the unique collaborative spirit of the Festival, bringing together dancers from tap, ballet, contemporary, jookin', flamenco, and modern traditions. Hosted by Damian Woetzel, the evening will open with the 2019 world premiere piece d’occasion Carolina Shout with jazz pianist Jason Moran and dancers Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck. | LEARN MORE | 
  19. Know members have complimented Anthony Huxley on this strand. Here he is in an animated chat with Megan Fairchild (briefly interrupted by 4th July fireworks) in which he beguilingly addresses his own 'shyness' and each have fascinating pointers - (both being SAB teachers) - for 'shorter' dancers, amongst much else.
  20. Thanks so, Angela. That was brilliant. Is there a MORE elegant dancer? I don't think so. Moreover, the documentary was so sensitively handled. A treat.
  21. Personally I would have preferred if you had preserved my words in their original sequence, Jeanette. T'was to a series of Peck's dance works I was referencing (including Rodeo, Belle Lettres, etc.,) to express my admiration for the overall breadth of his stylistic scope; each being rooted in a dedicated sense of community. For anyone hereabouts who wishes to witness Mr. Peck's 'respect for traditional ballet' - which certainly he HAS vividly eschewed - indeed so much so that he can aptly apply that same with original creatively - might I suggest In Creases - his second NYCB ballet - which will be performed as part of the SAB Workshop online assembly on 9th July here. I must say, Jeanette, I feel - for my own part - and it might very well just be 'my own part' - that it is a tad unfair to publish such commentary here when BcoF readers can ONLY see (as far as I am aware) selected - and very small sequences of The Times Are Racing - which Mr. Peck himself identifies as a 'sneaker ballet' - and not the entire piece so that they might at least be able to come to a fair evaluation for themselves. Do you have a link to the entire piece that you could share with us? Certainly I would be eager to see it if you do. I assume it may well have been whilst viewing that same that you had your 'revelation'.
  22. Again from the struggling Stage publication ... (in addition to the government monies announced last night ... ) 1. Theatre and film director Sam Mendes is spearheading the creation of an emergency fund for theatre workers in need of urgent support due to the coronavirus pandemic. .... Established with the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, the Theatre Artists Fund has launched with a £500,000 donation from Netflix, which will support an initial 500 individual grants to struggling theatre professionals. The fund is also actively seeking further donations so that it can support more theatre workers.
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