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  1. On 17. April 2021 Ballet Dortmund celebrates the world premiere of a choreography by Marijn Rademaker, former Principal Dancer of Stuttgart Ballet and Het Nationale. He created Schönberg's "Verklärte Nacht" ("Transfigured Night") as a ballet film, in cooperation with the Dortmund Philharmonic, film director Mathieu Gremillet and costume designer Thomas Lempertz (also a former soloist with Stuttgart Ballet). The digital premiere will be streamed at www.theaterdo.de on Saturday, 17. April at 7:30 p.m. free of charge, it can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. the following day
  2. The next stream from Stuttgart: the annual evening of Young Choreographers - the famous Noverre evening where once the careers of Neumeier, Kylián, Forsythe, Spuck or Goecke have started, and the careers of many other choreographers and ballet directors. This year, the Stuttgart dancers Aurora de Mori, Jessica Fyfe, Vittoria Girelli, Timoor Afshar, Shaked Heller, David Moore and Adrian Oldenburger will take part. Live-Stream on Sunday, April 18th at 6 pm (CET), available as video-on-demand through April 22nd. https://www.stuttgart-ballet.de/home/noverre-young-choreographers/
  3. Bavarian State Ballet announces a new creation by Andrey Kaydanovskiy: "Der Schneesturm" (The Blizzard) will premiere on 17. April as live-stream online via https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsopertv.html, as will a documentation in German Language about the 30 year jubilee of the company on 25. April. As you may expect, the announced performances by the Mariinsky Ballet for the Ballettfestwoche were cancelled. Should theatres remain closed in Bavaria, they announce one week of free streams from 17.April on. The "Blizzard" livestream is free for the premiere, after that available as
  4. From Mauro Bigonzetti to Sharon Eyal Digital stage opens on April 1 HALF LIFE photo: Jubal Battisti Berlin, 31 March 2021 --- Despite currently closed theatres, audiences will now be able to experience the Staatsballett Berlin via a variety of streams starting 1 April 2021. Starting this Easter weekend, the Staatsballett Berlin presents repertory highlights from classical to contemporary on its digital stage. Streaming once or twice a week, all productions – SWAN LAKE by Patrice Bart, CARAVAGGIO by Mauro Bigonzetti, STRONG and HALF LIFE by Sharon Eyal and DISTANT MATTER by An
  5. Maybe Petipa already saw the end of story ballets on the horizon? Fokine's Chopiniana/Les Sylphides is just eight years away... When I watch the Raymonda reconstruction from Milano, I see a huge ballabiles at the end of every act, big abstract structures for the corps, with demi solos, solos, the principals. If you drop the very small story and the costumes, it could almost be Balanchine. Petipa's contemporaries were bored of him for exactly that reason, I know, and Fokine moved towards expressiveness and drama. But hey, what if the old Petipa of Raymonda was an early Balanchine? Just a thou
  6. Stuttgart Ballet live-streams a new Beethoven evening on 1. April, as VoD available until 5. April. The triple bill combines Große Fuge and Adagio Hammerklavier, two classics by Hans van Manen, with a new creation by Mauro Bigonzetti; the Italian choreographer uses three piano sonatas by Beethoven. The evening was planned for the Beethoven jubilee year 2020. https://www.stuttgart-ballet.de/home/livestream-beethoven-ballets/
  7. Demis Volpi, the new director of Ballet on the Rhine at Düsseldorf/Duisburg, presents his new creation "A simple piece" for free, premiere today, the platform is https://operavision.eu/ He uses the "Partita for 8 Voices", an a cappella piece by Caroline Shaw. The ballet was created on stage for the dancers and made into a dance movie by Ralph Goertz. Link: https://operavision.eu/de/bibliothek/auffuehrungen/tanz/simple-piece-deutsche-oper-am-rhein
  8. Béjart Ballet Lausanne launches BEJART.TV Lausanne, March 4, 2021. Béjart Ballet Lausanne presents its video on demand (VOD) platform: bejart.tv. A unique opportunity for local and international viewers to learn more about the company's history and Maurice Béjart's journey. Bejart.tv offers exclusive, free-to-view BBL "At a Glance" footage, archive videos and documentaries. More content will be added to the platform's catalog over time. For its launch, BBL presents "At a Glance", featuring excerpts from the company's repertoire, an exclu
  9. The Junior Company of Zurich Ballet had an online premiere yesterday, the stream is online until the end of April. They danced three new creations by Craig Davidson, Bryan Arias and Juliano Nunes: https://www.opernhaus.ch/en/digital/corona-spielplan/impulse/
  10. Bavarian State Ballet live-streams "Cecil Hotel" by Andrey Kaydanovskiy, a "criminal ballet", on Monday, 1. March for free. It will be available from 3. March for 30 days as VoD for 4.90 Euro. The piece was created in 2019, cast: Jonah Cook as Jack, Ksenia Ryzhkova as Prostitute and Séverine Ferrolier as Elisa. The music is a collage by Dmitry Cheglakov with songs like Que Sera, Sera, Women's Hour or Death Waltz Fantasy by John Zorn. https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsopertv.html
  11. Thank you! That's from Yuri Possokhov's choreography for SF ballet. It's a bit - shall we say: academic, for my taste. I always imagine something very emotional, between Fokine's Scheherazade, Cranko's Onegin (yes, it's the Francesca da Rimini music by Tchaikovsky he used for Onegin) and Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias. Or something completely different. As Diaghilev said: Etonne-moi... And by the way: where's the book?! 😉
  12. And as you can see from my profile photo, I am still waiting for "Francesca da Rimini", the ballet. 😍
  13. I don't know how many times I've seen Romeo and Juliet, mostly the Cranko Version, but also MacMillan, Lavrovsky, Maillot, Neumeier, Bigonzetti and many others: In every performance I am moved by the emotional power of Prokofiev's score for the balcony pas de deux. I know the ballet is not "lovey dovey", but I always think this is the most romantic, compelling love music ever written. As for the loving couples, besides Kitri & Basil or Lise & Colas, I also like the story of Moondog and La Capricciosa in "Lady and the Fool".
  14. Bavarian State Ballet streams „L’histoire du soldat“, a new creation by Norbert Graf to Igor Stavinsky’s music. Dancers: Carollina Bastos, Nicholas Losada and Ariel Merkuri. The musical director is Vladimir Jurowski, the new chief conductor of the Bavarian State Opera. Live-stream on 15. February, 20.15 CET, for free on this evening. VoD from 17. February for 4.90 Euro Resident choreographer Andrey Kaydanovskiy starts with his work on „Der Schneesturm“ (The Blizzard), after a novel by Alexander Pushkin, which will premiere on 16. April. Lorenz Dangel composed the music. Cast:
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