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  1. SADLER’S WELLS ANNOUNCES NEXT DANCE PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOPS ON ITS DIGITAL STAGE DURING COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS Today Sadler’s Wells announced this week’s additions to its Digital Stage programme – a special matinee screening of balletLORENT’S Rumpelstiltskin this Friday 3 April, and the first dance at home workshops for families and older audiences. Rumpelstiltskin is the next production available to watch via Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook Premieres, part of its free online performance platform, Digital Stage. It will be available on Friday 3 April at 3pm UK time, in a special day time screening for families, via this link and then available to watch for seven days thereafter. Director Liv Lorent joins forces with poet Carol Ann Duffy to retell the story of Rumpelstiltskin, an outsider shunned for being different. Stunningly beautiful, heart-warming and set in a spellbinding world of spinning wheels, kings and queens, Rumpelstiltskin is a mesmerising tale of love, loss and magical powers. With a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, costumes designed by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones), and narration by actor Ben Crompton, Rumpelstiltskin is the perfect treat for families. BalletLORENT had originally been due to perform as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend this Easter. The first of Sadler’s Wells’ new workshop series for audiences to dance along to at home is also available this week, from tomorrow Wednesday 1 April, with five workshops created to connect with younger children, and one workshop for older people. Five family workshops created by Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells, will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel from midday on Wednesday 1 April with more to be added in coming weeks. Aimed at children aged 2 to 6 years, the activities include balancing, jumping, rhythm, colours and animals to follow at home. The family workshops can be found online from midday tomorrow here. There will also be workshops for older people aged over 60, inspired by Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders programme, with the first in the series available tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. It is inspired by the Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam and hosted by choreographer Seeta Patel. The workshop can be found online from tomorrow afternoon here. New dance content on Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage has been created in response to the cancellation of shows across its theatres as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and aims to continue bringing dance to audiences through digital channels. The first in a series of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres was Deluxe by BalletBoyz, which was made available on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm, the same time the work was due to be performed live at Sadler’s Wells. This work is available until Friday 3 April via the Sadler’s Wells official Facebook page. Upcoming performances include a new version of Wilkie Branson’s dance for camera installation TOM, which would have formed part of Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Edition in April. Further details, including all titles, dates and screening times, will be announced via Sadler’s Wells’ social media channels, and updated via this link on the Sadler’s Wells website: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/. Sadler’s Wells social media handles: Facebook: @SadlersWells Twitter: @Sadlers_Wells Instagram: @sadlers_wells YouTube: Sadler’s Wells Theatre About Sadler’s Wells Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With a rich theatrical heritage of over three centuries, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. Its mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Its vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world and accessing its content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 180 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes. Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, Sadler’s Wells’ new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre. www.sadlerswells.com
  2. From the ROH just now. My bolding: Dear xxxxxx It is with regret that we must cancel the upcoming Ballet Studio Live event. The programme was due to feature performers from companies involved in International Draft Works, which we have had to cancel due to global travel disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The cancellation of International Draft Works means that Ballet Studio Live will also be unable to take place as planned. We will refund your tickets automatically to the original method of payment, so you do not need to do anything. As we are experiencing a high volume of transactions, please allow up to 5 working days for this to be processed. All other productions at the Royal Opera House are currently expected to continue as scheduled, as per guidance from Public Health England.
  3. It was reported on the news tonight that La Scala is closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. I don't know how much the ballet is affected by this, and in fact, what their schedule is at all. Do they alternate performances with the opera as they do at Covent Garden?
  4. Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, and Barry Hughson, Executive Director, today announced the cancellation of the June season. The world premiere of Swan Lake, directed and staged by Ms. Kain, originally planned for June 5 to 21, 2020, will take place June 11 to 27, 2021. Mr. Hughson and Ms. Kain also announced further changes to the 2020/21 season. “The National Ballet of Canada, along with the global community, has faced extraordinary challenges due to COVID-19. We are all in unchartered territory. The safety and health of our artists, staff, patrons and community is our foremost priority. In accordance with government orders and public health guidance, the National Ballet has cancelled all June performances. The world premiere of Swan Lake will take place in June 2021,” said Mr. Hughson. “The special Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala planned for June 9 has been rescheduled to November 24, 2020. These unprecedented circumstances have required us to make changes to the 2020/21 season including the postponement of the company’s appearance at the Royal Opera House in London, the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM, the North American premiere of Cathy Marston’s Victoria and the guest appearance by San Francisco Ballet. These are challenging times for all of us but with the support of our patrons, staff and artists, the National Ballet will weather this storm and return to the stage stronger than ever, when it is safe to do so.” 2019/20 Season Romeo and Juliet, March 13 – 22, 2020 – CANCELLED Romeo and Juliet, April 2 – 4, 2020 National Arts Centre, Ottawa – CANCELLED Swan Lake, June 5 – 21, 2020 – CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to June 2021 Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, June 9, 2020 – CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to November 24, 2020 2020/21 Season Update On Tour The Sleeping Beauty, July 28 – August 1, 2020 Royal Opera House, London – CANCELLED Fall Season Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons, November 11 – 15, 2020 Replacing Guest Company San Francisco Ballet, CANCELLED The Sleeping Beauty, November 19 – 29, 2020 Replacing MADDADDAM by Wayne McGregor, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to November 2021 Karen Kain 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, November 24, 2020 Holiday Season 25 Magical Years The Nutcracker, December 10 – 31, 2020 On Tour Angels’ Atlas & Serenade & The Four Seasons, February 4 – 6, 2021 National Arts Centre, Ottawa Replacing Swan Lake Winter Season A Streetcar Named Desire, March 3 – 7, 2021 March Break Cinderella, March 11 – 20, 2021 Replacing Swan Lake Frame by Frame, March 24 – 28, 2021 Summer Season World Premiere Swan Lake, June 11 – 27, 2021 Replacing the North American premiere of Victoria, CANCELLED and RESCHEDULED to June 2022 and the Balanchine & Tchaikovsky programme, CANCELLED
  5. NEW YORK CITY BALLET As New York City Ballet continues to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, and the community at large, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Season in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we are deeply saddened that the Company’s artistry will not be seen on stage this spring, the current pandemic has left us with no other choice. The cancellation will include all performances and events, including the May 7 Spring Gala, as well as the Company’s public programming, which includes Workshops, Inside NYCB, and Family Saturdays. We will be reaching out to all spring ticket holders with further instructions shortly. As a result of the Spring Season cancellation, NYCB projects a loss of approximately $8 million through June 30 alone. We will need the support of our audiences and patrons more than ever, as the impact of this crisis on the wellbeing of our company of 100 dancers, 62 musicians, and over 200 administrative and theater staff will be significant. We have established a special Relief Fund to ensure the Company’s future and offer immediate support to our NYCB family during this challenging time. We hope you will consider making a gift to the Relief Fund today. MAKE A GIFT TO NYCB'S RELIEF FUND We are grateful for your dedication to the Company – our incredible artists, iconic repertory, and commitment to new work – and we look forward to the time when we can return to the stage and share the beauty and joy of NYCB with audiences of all ages. Katherine E. Brown Executive Director Jonathan Stafford Artistic Director Wendy Whelan Associate Artistic Director
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