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  1. Thanks Quintus. It will be particularly interesting to see whether/how ballet and ballet classes (apparently included in the French scheme) benefit from the French card. According to an interesting New York Times article at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/arts/france-culture-pass.html, 75% of purchases in France are on manga (a type of Japanese comic which was already popular in France). The French pass apparently allows 100 of the 300 euro (over 2 years) to go on streaming services, music subscriptions etc. which must be from French companies. And for video games, " the game’s publisher must be French, and the game must not feature violence — conditions so restrictive that most popular titles are unavailable." Apparently the card was included in pre-election promises and there are critics who say it is a waste of taxpayers' money...
  2. I read that the 3,000 rubles is just until the end of this year to kick off the programme, and that for 2022, the amount will be 5,000 rubles. Still, it's indeed not much in the major cities, but perhaps will have a bigger impact in the outlying/rural areas.
  3. Yes, I believe that funding for the project comes from the federal budget, and it is basically a matter of major and smaller cultural institutions benefiting when a young person decides to attend their event. Nice to see that it operates throughout the country, not just in the main cities, and with all young people getting the same amount of credit which is refreshed every year (i.e. no money is carried over - so the young people must use it or lose it). And as the card is personalised, there can supposedly be no black market trading. It will be interesting to see how it works in practice - but in theory, it seems a great way to help the arts recuperate some of their recent inevitable losses, with young people of all backgrounds and income levels in the driver's seat, maybe even helping to shape what is offered to them. It would be nice to see something on similar lines in England...
  4. From: https://en.krasopera.ru/news/the-project-of-the-ministry-of-culture-of-russia-pushkinskaya-karta-the-pushkin-card-was-launched-on-september-1.htm ....Starting from September 1, Russian citizens aged 14 to 22 will be able to receive a Pushkin card; its balance will be 3,000 roubles. This money can be spent until the end of the year and only in cultural institutions: museums, theatres, philharmonic societies, galleries, and other venues.... Has anything like that been tried in England?
  5. Northern Rail just started a flash sale with a million tickets costing just £1 for travel between 6th Sept and 22nd October. Many routes are currently available, mostly off-peak, but they'll probably go very quickly. See: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/northern-rail/#53591 . Routes include Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Stoke on Trent, Blackpool, Chester etc. You can only book single tickets via this offer. As in the past, the moneysavingexpert.com page at https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/cheap-coach-train-ticket-deals is a useful first place to look for train and coach deals - currently including LNER, £5 seats for travel from 6th September to 15th October. I have no connection to any of these - just passing on the info...
  6. Also hoping very much that there'll be a recorded version. In the meantime, Dance Tabs has a very interesting review: https://dancetabs.com/2021/07/royal-ballet-school-summer-show-roh-main-stage-london-2/
  7. I now have left just the ticket for tonight: Wed 23rd June 7:15 pmLEVEL LG Upper Circle LGB, B-26 | Full Price £15.00 (The rest were returned to the box office which now issues gift certificates for tickets that can't be used, but the request must now be submitted no less than 24 hours before the performance.)
  8. My tickets are not needed by RBS families, so are on sale to anyone who can use them. If you know someone who might like a ticket but can't afford to pay please also drop me a PM, as I really don't want the tickets to go to waste - It's so terrific that the children are back on stage, and the Linbury performances have always been really special. I have available: Wed 23rd June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGB, B-26 | Full Price £15.00 Thurs 24th June 2:30 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, B-24 | Full Price £15.00 Thurs 24th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, A-5 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by tier ledge & safety rail, side view of the stage Friday 25th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, A-5 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by tier ledge & safety rail, side view of the stage Sat 26th June 2:30 pm LEVEL LG Circle LGB, C-29 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by pillar Sat 26th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, B-24 | Full Price £15.00
  9. Oops sorry, some wrong times and no prices in my original post. The ROH matinee ticket has now gone. The remaining Linbury tickets are as follows: Wed 23rd June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGB, B-26 | Full Price £15.00 Thurs 24th June 2:30 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, B-24 | Full Price £15.00 Thurs 24th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, A-5 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by tier ledge & safety rail, side view of the stage Friday 25th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, A-5 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by tier ledge & safety rail, side view of the stage Sat 26th June 2:30 pm LEVEL LG Circle LGB, C-29 | Full Price £10.00 View obstructed by pillar Sat 26th June 7:15 pm LEVEL LG Upper Circle LGA, B-24 | Full Price £15.00 Would prefer that the tickets go to families of children who are performing, but will sell any remaining ones to anyone who's interested from Tuesday.
  10. Unfortunately both I and a relative are unable to come to get to London for the RBS summer performances. So selling one ticket for the RBS ROH matinee on 10th July (£3, restricted view) and one for each of the Linbury RBS performances: Wed 23rd June 9:15 p.m. Thurs 24th June 4:30 p.m. Thurs 24th June 9:15 p.m. Friday 25th June 9:15 p.m. Sat 26th June 4:30 p.m. Sat 26th June 9:15 p.m.
  11. This online programme looks very interesting: https://eno.org/news/national-rollout-of-eno-breathe-programme-for-people-recovering-from-covid-19/
  12. I've watched World Ballet School Day, plus RBS and other schools' lockdown videos. But I've really missed the visits to classes at RBS, Elmhurst Paris Opera Ballet School demonstrations and more. Is anyone attending interesting virtual classical ballet summer schools as an observer? (I'm catching up on posts now, so sorry if I've missed something in this area.)
  13. I wonder if they have any special training or footwear? I have also seen that position many times in rhythmic gymnastics.
  14. I've heard it described as a toe-knuckle stand but maybe it should be something like the feet-wreck position? 😃 Glad it has no place in ballet....
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