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  1. Stuttgart Ballet will repeat the streaming of Cranko's "Initials R.B.M.E." next weekend, from July 9. to July 12. https://www.youtube.com/c/dasstuttgarterballett
  2. This is a TV portrait of Friedemann Vogel, I have no idea if the stream works outside of Germany. It's online until Sunday. https://www.3sat.de/kultur/kulturdoku/friedemann-vogel-tanz-100.html
  3. Next stream from Stuttgart: Martin Schläpfer's "Taiyō to Tsuki" from July 2. until July 5. The ballet was made in February to music by Franz Schubert (Third Symphony) and by Toshio Hosokawa. The title means "Sun and Moon", and that's what you get: a feast of dance for the Schubert, classical dance in modern shape - and a minimalistic, rather sinister second part. If you want to know how Vienna State Ballet will dance from next season on, take a look at Martin Schläpfer's latest creation. With Hyo-Jung Kang, Anna Osadcenko, Miriam Kacerova, Friedemann Vogel, Roman Novitzky, David Moore and many others.
  4. Either you touch, or you don't. So it's either an evening of solos and pdds for the married couples, and nothing else - or the whole company feels safe to dance together again.
  5. The cheapest way to continue is to cancel any new creations and show repertory productions for a while. No need to reduce sets and costumes, as they already exist. Nutcrackers and Swan Lakes fill the house and bring money in, which is what all the companies need after the long closure. When they have some kind of financial basis back, they will continue with the productions they had postponed, I guess.
  6. On 3 July 2020, the Staatsballett Berlin will stream a digital gala, giving its audience a taste of the upcoming programme in August and September 2020. While the Berlin stages are still closed, the Staatsballett Berlin will present a digital gala programme starting on 3 July 2020. Aurora Dickie, Iana Salenko and Polina Semionova, as well as Dinu Tamazlacaru, Daniil Simkin and Marian Walter will give a taste of the programme in August and September 2020. They'll be accompanied in parts by Donald Runnicles, General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Alina Pronina on piano and Elisabeth Heise-Glass on violin. In addition to solos and pas de deux from the repertoire works SWAN LAKE and JEWELS, choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti and Mauro de Candia will be performed, some of which will be part of the gala programmes FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE I+II at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in August and September 2020. As a taste of the Staatsballett's first new production, LAB_WORKS COVID_19 with choreographies by dancers of the company, Ross Martinson showcases one of his choreographies and Ksenia Ovsyanick and Johnny McMillan present an improvised work. The footage shot at the Deutsche Oper Berlin shows a change of perspective: behind the dancers on stage, the empty auditorium becomes an impressive backdrop, not only accentuating the beauty of the choreography but also the painful absence of the audience. FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE will be available on 3 July 2020, 7pm CET via the company's Youtube channel under www.youtube.com/staatsballettbln.
  7. Christiana Stefanou has been appointed Director of the Ballet Academy at Vienna, starting in August 2020. After a huge scandal about children being mentally abused, discriminated and neglected, a special commission and a group of experts developed a new concept for the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera. The key points are child-friendly pedagogy and an appreciative corporate culture, physical and mental health, a revision of the curriculum and the new goal to become an internationally recognized and world-leading dance academy in the next five years. The Austrian state will make investments of € 882,000 for infrastructure and € 862,000 for additional educational, medical and therapeutic staff. Christiana Stefanou studied ballet at Munich and in later years dance pedagogy at Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She was a dancer with Bavarian State Ballet and worked as a ballet master and teacher afterwards. She was Ballet Director at the Greek National Opera and a teacher at the State Ballet Academy in Athens and the School of Performing Arts in Greece. She worked as a guest ballet master and dance teacher with the most important companies in the world: Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballett am Rhein, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, National Ballet Romania, Czech National Ballet, Balleto de l'Opera di Roma, Ballett Theater Basel, at the University of Music and Theater in Munich and at the San Francisco Bay Point Ballet School. She has also rehearsed the classics at many ballet academies. She is currently working on her master's thesis „Dance Pedagogy and Ballet Direction“ at the University of Plovdiv.
  8. Stuttgart Ballet is streaming "Messenger" by company member Louis Stiens until Sunday
  9. I can't tell you how sad I am to read all those articles about the British theatres, Alison - I always thought the London theatre scene is absolutely unique in the world and I love to see ten performances in five days - ballets, plays, musical theatre, everything. I'm sure we will see theatres dying here in Germany too, the smaller venues, the private venues. The financial crisis is only just beginning.
  10. German theatres and concert halls are re-opening slowly, for very reduced audiences, but everywhere in the country. Even before the cinemas. It's easier here because they are funded by the state - staff and artists were still paid during the closure. It would be very hard to get rid of whole theatres and orchestras, they have reliable contracts. The ballet company at Munich intends to show Swan Lake and Giselle in September.
  11. Speaking about Gauthier Dance at Stuttgart: The company is working on a Gershwin evening by Marco Goecke which will premiere in October. Just solos and some duos for couples who live together. Their "Swan Lakes" premiere which was planned for June with Swan Lake-inspired pieces by Hofesh Shechter, Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke and Cayetano Soto will be postponed to summer 2021.
  12. Roster changes at Bavarian State Ballet: Principal Dancer Ivy Amista retires from dancing with this season after 19 years with the company. She will work as a ballet master for the company. Principal Dancers Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook return after one year at Zurich. Nicholas Losada returns to the corps de ballet after one year with Gauthier Dance at Stuttgart. Madison Young from Vienna State Ballet joins als Soloist, Vladislav Kozlov joins from San Francisco als Demi Soloist. Melissa Chapski and Rhiannon Fairless join in the corps de ballet. Six dancers are leaving: Isabella Knights joins Vienna State Ballet, Dukin Seo joins Ballet on the Rhine at Düsseldorf, Andrea Marino goes to Royal Swedish Ballet. Ziyue Liu returns to China, Stanislava Aitova and Madeleine Pastor are leaving. The company intends to show Ray Barra’s Swan Lake on September 9. and Peter Wright’s Giselle on September 19. in „slightly adapted versions“ in accordance with the hygiene guidelines that will be in place in Munich in autumn.
  13. And another sign of life: the plans of Berlin State Ballett for August and September: Two gala evenings and a new production Season kick off in August and September PRESS RELEASE OF 18 JUNE 2020 Berlin, 18 June 2020 --- The Staatsballett Berlin opens its 2020/21 season on the city's opera stages with two gala evenings FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE (I + II) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in August and at the Staatsoper Unter den Lindin in September as well as the new production LAB_WORKS COVID_19 at the Komische Oper Berlin in early September. Due to the corona pandemic, the Staatsballett Berlin opens its 2020/21 season with three special programmes, two gala evenings FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE (I + II) and the new production LAB_WORKS COVID_19. On 27, 28 and 29 August 2020, the gala FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE I invites you to a diverse programme of classical and contemporary works. In addition to excerpts from the more recent repertoire such as SWAN LAKE and JEWELS works by choreographers such as Heinz Spoerli, Uwe Scholz and Mauro de Candia will be staged. The programme is complemented by works by dancers of the ensemble who have already appeared as choreographers on several occasions. On 29 August 2020, the Staatsballett also bids farewell to long-time Principal Dancer Mikhail Kaniskin, who has been a company member since 2007, dancing all the major roles. In addition to two performances with him, soloists from international ensembles are invited. A second gala programme, FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE II, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, follows on 18, 19 and 20 September 2020, which highlights the company's romantic and classical repertoire. With pas de deux, solo variations, dance suites and ensemble pieces from repertoire pieces such as GISELLE, SWAN LAKE and DON QUIXOTE, the Staatsballett already dares to include longer sequences with various dancers*. The Staatsballett Berlin's first new stage production after the lockdown is called LAB_WORKS COVID_19 and premiers on 3, 4 and 5 September 2020 at the Komische Oper Berlin, boasting choreographies created by the ensemble: during times of self-isolation, dancers from the Staatsballett Berlin created choreographies for themselves and/or co-dancers residing in the same household with regulations suggested by the Robert-Koch-Institut which will not only apply in the auditorium but on stage as well. Ticket sales for these events start on 15 August 2020. Due to the existing distance regulations for protection against SARS-CoV-2, a reduced ticket contingent for all three venues applies; press tickets are also limited. Other precautionary measures such as registration of all visitors' personal data as well as special rules of conduct during the performance must be taken into account. The rest of the programme for the 2020/21 season will be published bit by bit over the next few months in order to be able to react to possible changes at short notice. The premiere of Marcia Haydées DORNRÖSCHEN and the world premiere of Sasha Waltz's SYM-PHONIE 2020 are still planned for this season. The guest performance NELKEN by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as well as the premieres of Alan Lucien Øyen and the evening DAWSON | MCGREGOR have to be cancelled.
  14. Legris writes about it in his Instagram
  15. Stuttgart Ballet streams "Naiad" by former principal dancer Douglas Lee next weekend - it was made in February. Lee is a British choreographer, trained at RBS and now working here from Germany. It was inspired by "The Kraken" by Lord Tennyson. https://www.stuttgart-ballet.de/schedule/stuttgartballetathome/
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