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  1. This is a project by Rocío Alemán, principal dancer of Stuttgart Ballet, who asked ten of her colleagues to choregraph short solos for students of her former school, the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza in Monterrey, Mexico. The solos were made by Zoom and then filmed in very, very beautiful outdoor locations. The film will stay online.
  2. I'm not sure that we can compare Mozart's bad language (and it was terribly bad) to what Liam Scarlett allegedly did to young people. Or that we could compare Mozart's rank as a composer to that of Liam Scarlett as choreographer (whose works I would also keep in the repertory, no question). I'm sorry to weigh in with this, but somehow I felt compelled to defend Wolfgang Amadeus... Just look what happened with the US gymnasts, Simone Biles and others, who testified against that pedophile doctor and the entire system betrayed them, their organisation and the FBI.
  3. Uh, sorry - wrong thread. Thank you for moving this, I had forgotten about this one...
  4. LIVE STREAM tänze bilder sinfonien On September 21st we will present a live stream – free of charge – of our production Tänze Bilder Sinfonien from the Wiener Staatsoper. The premiere of this triple bill evening took place in June and was celebrated by the audience with standing ovations. The program includes three masters of contemporary ballet: Symphony in Three Movements is a perfect example of George Balanchine’s elegant virtuosity, Alexei Ratmansky sheds new light on the forms of classical ballet with great naturalness in his piece Pictures at an Exhibition and Martin Schläpfer gains his energies, imaginations, and movement for his ballet impulses from Shostakovich’s last Symphony for his new creation Sinfonie Nr. 15 for the Wiener Staatsballett. Robert Reimer conducts the Wiener Staatsopernorchester which will play Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky and Symphony Nr. 15, A mino, op 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Alina Bercu plays Modest Mussorgski´s Pictures at an Exhibition. The evening will be streamed live and free of charge, starting 7 pm CET, 2021, and it will be available for 72 hours. It is a gratuitous and worldwide live stream presented on the following website: play.wiener-staatsoper.at/
  5. Berlin State Ballet announces the return of Polina Semionova after one year off. She will be dancing in "Voices", a creation by David Dawson to Max Richter's music piece with the same name. Her part is called "Mercy", her partner is Alejandro Virelles. "Voices" is part of a double bill with the solo "Citizen Nowhere" by Dawson, danced by Olaf Kollmannsperger.
  6. For Ballet, stay in the middle, you have a badly restricted view if you are too far on the side. The standing room is fine, if you stay on the more expensive standing places (the lilac coulour on the plan). You have a good view in the 2. and 3. balcony, the Galerie is too far away for my taste. My preferred, still payable places are 2. balcony, up to numbers 29 or 30, but not the higher numbers. The Nationaltheater is bad for ballet, if you ask me - in the stalls, you have to look upwards in the first rows, in the back rows you are already far away from the stage (but it's a fine, unrestricted view, also on the outside of the rows, no problem). Same goes for the middle seats in the balconies, they are very far away from the stage. Don't buy Hörerplätze or Partiturplätze, they are without view, by the way.
  7. Some more company news from Bavarian State Ballet: Soloist Séverine Ferrolier and Principal Dancer Javier Amo will end their careers and work as ballet masters from this season on. Philip Hedges from Switzerland joins the corps de ballet, he was dancing at the Mikhailovsky and the Estonian Ballet at Tallinn before.
  8. Dortmund Ballet announces the first gala of the season on Sept. 18 and 19, with Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball from the RB (a non specified Grand pas de deux and a pdd from “Infra”), Elena Vostrotina and Alexander Jones from Ballet Zurich with a pas de deux from the Ratmansky Swan Lake and a “Nocturne” by Chopin, Anna Tsygankova and Constantine Allen from Het dancing “Delibes Suite“ by José Carlos Martinez and a duet from Christopher Wheeldon, Friedemann Vogel and Elisa Badenes from Stuttgart Ballet with “Nachtmerrie” by Marco Goecke. https://www.theaterdo.de/produktionen/detail/internationale-ballettgala-xxxiii
  9. Germany’s dance magazine „tanz“ has published the winners of this year’s critics survey: best production: “Ghost Light” by John Neumeier and “The Barre Project II” by William Forsythe (both were also streamed) best choreographer: Marco Goecke with “The Lover” after Marguerite Duras at Hannover Ballet and “Do You Love Gershwin?” for Gauthier Dance, Stuttgart best company: NDT, also because they offered the best streams during the pandemic best dancer: Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet
  10. At Hamburg Ballet, Hélène Bouchet has announced that she will retire from the stage at the end of this year. Her farewell performance will be in one of the “Christmas Oratorios” in December. She came to Hamburg in 1998 and was promoted to principal in 2005. Bouchet will return to her hometown Cannes, either to open a ballet school or to design fashion for children. A new principal ballerina will come from the Royal Danish Ballet: Ida Praetorius moves to Hamburg in January 2022. She has worked in Denmark with Neumeier in the past.
  11. Chloe Lopes Gomes, the dancer who had accused Berlin State Ballet of racism, who had won her lawsuit against the company, received a compensation payment and had her contract extended for another year: she is leaving on her own decision now. She will dance for Ballet du Rhin at Strasbourg.
  12. Jacopo Godani, Director and Chief Choreographer of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, will leave the company in 2023. He was the successor to William Forsythe, who founded The Forsythe Company in 2005 and retired from his position as director in 2014. Since 2015, the company is named Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, with homes at Bockenheimer Depot at Frankfurt and Festspielhaus Hellerau at Dresden.
  13. At Stuttgart Ballet, the contract of Artistic Director Tamas Detrich has been extended for a further five years until 2028. He was appointed in 2018, following Reid Anderson.
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