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  1. 2021 DIGITAL SEASON Just announced today, New York City Ballet is creating several new works and special programs for digital release this winter and spring. Following is an overview of this exciting programming with more on our winter activities below. All performance streams and Inside NYCB presentations will be available free of charge. Visit our website for complete details and The New York Times for additional coverage. FEB 23 - MAR 18 Three Sides of Balanchine We’re kicking off an array of programming with a three-week series exploring the narrative, classical, and neoclassical aspects of George Balanchine’s choreography as represented by Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, a group of works spanning more than 40 years of creation. Scroll down for the schedule of events, including virtual workshops and onstage presentations. MAR 9 A Parting Pas de Trois This year’s virtual version of the Company’s Annual Luncheon fundraising event will honor three NYCB principal dancers who will retire during the 21-22 performance season. During the program, Maria Kowroski, Ask la Cour, and Gonzalo Garcia will each perform an excerpt from a work closely associated with their NYCB careers and participate in a conversation with NYCB Board Member Donya Archer Bommer, which will also feature performance clips from the dancers’ repertory. Event tickets starting at $350 are available online; for more information, please contact NYCB Special Events at specialevents@nycballet.com. APR 8-22 Kyle Abraham World Premiere Choreographer Kyle Abraham returns to premiere his third creation for NYCB, beginning with a three-week COVID-compliant residency bubble at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, NY. Subsequently, his new work will be filmed onstage at the David H. Koch Theater and digitally released in early spring. MAY 6-20 Spring Gala featuring Justin Peck World Premiere NYCB's first-ever virtual gala will take place May 5, highlighted by a world premiere from NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, who is creating a solo for Principal Dancer Anthony Huxley to a string quartet arrangement of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, along with excerpts of ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins newly filmed for the occasion. The gala program will be digitally released on May 6 and available to view free of charge for two weeks. Gala tickets, including an opportunity to mingle with Company artists online, start at $2,500; for more information, please contact NYCB Special Events at specialevents@nycballet.com. INSIDE NYCB: TUESDAYS AT 8 PM Inside NYCB presentations corresponding with each week's featured ballet will release on three consecutive Tuesdays, starting with Prodigal Son on February 23. Principal Dancer Russell Janzen hosts these onstage rehearsal sessions and conversations with NYCB artists and repertory directors, offering unique access and insights into each work. These events will be available to stream for nine days after airing. PERFORMANCE STREAMS: THURSDAYS AT 8 PM Performance streams of complete ballets begin February 25 with Prodigal Son, a narrative work from 1929. The following two weeks will feature the virtuosic 1947 showpiece Theme and Variations on March 4 and Balanchine’s 1972 neoclassical masterpiece Stravinsky Violin Concerto on March 11. These streams will be available for one week after they air. Access both the Inside NYCB presentations and performance streams on YouTube and our website as of their respective 8 PM airings. New episodes arrive beginning Monday, February 22, exploring Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto as part of the Three Sides of Balanchine series. But you don't have to wait – binge a variety of chats before the next episodes are released. For the practical minded .... There might be some interest in the activities below ... WINTER VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS Warm up with movement workshops for participants of all ages and ability levels. Dancers from across the Company's roster lead these lively classes, which are livestreamed via Zoom. Tickets are available now. FEB 22 – MAR 8 Ballet Essentials Online for Teens and Adults of All Levels These hour-long, open-level workshops every Monday at 6:30 PM EST include a ballet warm-up, choreography inspired by Company repertory, and an interactive Q&A with the hosting dancer. Tickets: $0, $10, and $15 FEB 24 – MAR 10 Signature Steps for Experienced Teens and Adults For intermediate- to advanced-level teen and adult dancers, these one-hour sessions every Wednesday at 6:30 PM EST feature a barre and abridged center work exploring George Balanchine's signature aesthetic. Tickets: $30 FEB 25 – MAR 11 Access Workshops for Teens and Adults with Disabilities Movers of all ability levels are invited to join a different Company dancer each week at these hour-long workshops every Thursday at 6 PM EST. Attendees will be led in a warm-up and choreography inspired by NYCB's repertory, with modifications and movement options offered for all. Tickets: $0 and $15 FEB 27 – MAR 13 Ballet Breaks for Children (Ages 3-8) Get your tiny dancer moving with these 30-minute sessions each Saturday at 11 AM EST. Our young fans will explore basic ballet concepts and learn a new dance together each week. Tickets: $0, $8, $12 FEB 27 – MAR 13 Access Workshops for Children with Disabilities Lively movement workshops designed especially for children with disabilities, these 45-minute sessions every Saturday at 12 PM EST include modifications and movement options to accommodate all little movers. Tickets: $0 and $10 Ticket sales for a series of spring virtual workshops, running May 3-22, will open at a later time.
  2. I don’t know if this has been discussed elsewhere, so I am starting a new thread. I hope that is ok. I’m sure we have all been thinking about how theatres might open when they can. Timing of course is unknown at this stage. I realise it’s totally disheartening for performers to dance to an empty auditorium. So I am assuming that is not an option being considered. The point of my post is to ask if anyone knows whether theatres are considering opening with a partial ‘socially distanced’ audience ... say 1/2 or even less capacity? (I am assuming masks for audience members will be compulsory, and people coughing etc will have to leave.) And then I also wonder .... if theatres can top this up by live-streaming performances at a cost? I know I’d pay say £20 to watch often. E.g. I would have wanted to watch each of the RB and ENB Swan Lake casts at least once. That would go some way to compensating for missing out on tickets for in-house seats. I would still hope to attend as many live performances as ‘before’. Thoughts?
  3. I had intended to get this up straightaway once the new anti-coronavirus measures were announced, but life has got in the way. Thank you to everyone else who has posted relevant material in the meantime. We knew it was inevitable that more stringent measures would have to be taken, so with no live theatre, concerts, plays, and dance for the foreseeable future, what can we do, arts-wise, to help us pass the next few months? We already have a thread going on online streaming in the opera and classical music world here:
  4. If you are in need of a Sylvia fix, there is a free streaming of this production today 7.00 pm Vienna time. Available for 24 hours. However you need to register and set up a login and password. Then purchase a free ticket. A little bit fiddly but worth it. https://www.culturall.com/ticket/ists/performance_schedule.mc?view=month&year=2020&type=month_menu&process_mode=normal A big day with Mayerling as well. Might be a bit of a juggling act.
  5. Has everyone received this email from the Royal Opera House? They're streaming some of their back catalogue of productions via Facebook & YouTube. Looks terrific. #fromourhousetoyourhouse https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_March_Free_Content_Announcement_Public_Ask&utm_content=version_A&emailsource=49912 NB: I hope this isn't replicating what others have already posted; I did check to see ...
  6. In case you couldn't access the Washington Post link in last week's Links, here are details of MMDG's online season: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/40th-anniversary-digital-season/ Starts with a livestream tomorrow, 12th November, extracts from The Hard Nut in December, Dido and Aeneas and L'Allegro next year, and more.
  7. If you've been visiting this site via a computer, you will probably already have noticed that a Calendar has appeared on the right-hand side of the page, listing streaming dates for various items of interest. It's also at the bottom of the "page" on smartphones if you scroll far enough. (It was very annoying, constantly missing out on things because they were posted all over the place and it was difficult to keep track.) It's been put together in rather a hurry, and we're still playing with it, but do feel free to add anything which is on for only a limited length of time - I don't think you can break it More details here:
  8. In order to try and keep track of all the dance-related streamings which are being shown at the moment, as an experiment we have reinstated the forum's calendar feature, with forthcoming showings listed in date order in the right-hand column of all the sub-forums, or below them if using a smartphone (the list of new threads can still be accessed from the Home page). Note that this is a community calendar, which means that any member can add to it! Do bear in mind that this is meant to be a rough guide only: at the moment, we are only posting dates, plus company and production, rather than anything more specific, so you will need to check actual "show" times, if there are any, for your time zone, and remember that depending on where you are in the world and where the transmission originates from, you may need to add or deduct a day. How it works: - A "Calendar" tab has been added to the tabs at top left of the forum, and clicking on it will take you to the actual calendar. There, you can click on "Create Event" to add an event. - Set the correct date, and uncheck "Single day event" and put in an end date if the event runs for more than one day. Ignore "This event repeats"! - Then put a title - we would suggest company, production, and possibly choreographer (maybe with some indication of whether it can only be viewed at a specific time, if applicable), and put some text in the Description box too (this doesn't actually show up in the listings). Ideally, put the link to the stream so others don't have to hunt around for it. Click on "Submit an event", and Bob's your uncle! - If you need to edit the event, go to the calendar itself, click on the event, and then you can edit it under "Manage Event", remembering to click on "Save" afterwards! Please do add any online dance events you think will be of interest. Other events possibly too, if you think they will be of interest to sufficient members. This is all very new, and we'll sort out any teething problems as we go along, so please do leave feedback.
  9. The Stuttgart production with new sets and costumes by Jürgen Rose will be online for 24 hours from April 11th, 18.00 CET to April 12th, 18.00 CET on Stuttgart Ballet's Youtube Chanel https://www.youtube.com/c/dasstuttgarterballett The cast is the premiere cast at Stuttgart, with Friedemann Vogel (Rudolf), Elisa Badenes (Mary), Miriam Kacerova (Elisabeth), Alicia Amatriain (Larisch), Diana Ionescu (Stephanie), Anna Osadcenko (Mizzi), Marcia Haydée (Sophie) and Egon Madsen (Franz Josef).
  10. May 8 - Pacific Northwest Ballet will hold a virtual house party to stream it’s complete Giselle! From what we can tell from the Facebook announcement, access will be by donation (?). This is the historically-informed production on which Doug Fullington and Marian Smith worked a few years ago. It should be fascinating to watch the film, following on the heels of Ratmansky’s own historical Giselle for the Bolshoi. Go to PNB’s Facebook page for more info...I tried pasting the direct link but could not.
  11. Sarasota Ballet have announced a true 'Heritage' programme for their upcoming Autumn digital season and for which you can buy tickets to watch. I have a feeling that many hereabouts may want to do so as it features some true Ashton gems that we don't oft get to see hereabouts nowadays. PURITY IN MOTION (Program 1) 23 – 25 October 2020 FSU Center for the Performing Arts George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations Ricardo Graziano's Amorosa Paul Taylor's Company B BEYOND EXPRESSION (Program 2) 20 – 21 November 2020 Sarasota Opera House Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering Sir Frederick Ashton's Dante Sonata Sir David Bintley's The Spider's Feast ROMEO & JULIET (Program 3) 18 – 19 December 2020 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo & Juliet Composed by Sergei Prokofiev
  12. 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 exclusive interview with Maurice Béjart from 1971, as well as four documentaries by Spanish director Arantxa Aguirre. These four films depict the daily life of the BBL under the leadership of Gil Roman since the death of its founder in 2007. These films reflect the company's desire to share its heritage, new creations and tours. Available for viewing: Of heart and courage (2010) Béjart Ballet Lausanne at the Paris Opera (2012) An American Swan in Paris (2012) Béjart Ballet Lausanne on China Tour (2013) An annual subscription gives access to all VOD content and archive videos. The four documentaries can also be rented individually*. *A special discounted rate is available for 30 days. https://www.bejart.tv/
  13. The Vienna State Opera has changed its details: "Starting with the 2020/2021 season, live performances of Wiener Staatsoper will be accessible free of charge at the Wiener Staatsoper website (play.wiener-staatsoper.at) and on updated apps for Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire TV devices."
  14. This is next week's contribution from New Adventures: https://mailchi.mp/new-adventures/october-2725030?e=4c93d522b6
  15. I'm hoping someone can help me with this one. When I first started streaming ballet performances onto my "dumb" TV by connecting the laptop to it with an HDMI cable, the audio came through on the TV speakers as well. However, the last few times I've tried, the TV has remained silent, and the audio has come through via the laptop. Not only is it disconcerting to have the audio and video disconnected and coming from different areas of the room, but the laptop wasn't designed with hi-fi in mind, and the sound quality is pretty poor. I'm not aware of having made any changes to the laptop settings which could have caused the change, although of course it's always possible that some update may have altered things. Can someone suggest what I might need to tweak so that I can get the audio to transfer to the TV like the picture does, please?
  16. Don't miss this. It's really charming, really well put together and no spare fat on it at an hour's running time. The little boy with the football is brilliant. Available till midnight on Christmas Eve.
  17. The Scottish Ballet has a new film out this December. Free online (donation requested) This Christmas, Scottish Ballet will bring the magic of the theatre right into your home. In a deserted city, a young boy stumbles into a theatre. He wanders through the auditorium, where rows of velvet chairs, draping curtains and chandeliers seem to lie in lonely wait for audiences to return. The theatre may be empty, but the show will go on... Starring characters from our most popular festive ballets, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy collide when the theatre bursts into life. In this spectacular, feature-length film, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary show filled with acrobats, snowflakes, clowns, princes and – of course – beautiful ballerinas. The Secret Theatre features the choreography of Scottish Ballet founder Peter Darrell and CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, co-directed for the screen by Jess & Morgs. With set and costumes designed by Lez Brotherston; music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, recorded live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra; and performances from the full Scottish Ballet Company; this Christmas special will be an unforgettable adventure for all the family. The Secret Theatre will premiere on Monday 21 December at 6pm and be available online until Thursday 24 December. Tickets are FREE and must be booked in advance. https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/event/the-secret-theatre
  18. Good to see this: People on this forum have often expressed their disappointment at not being able to see NYCB and/or Balanchine, so it's good to have the opportunity.
  19. E-mail from ENB - not going to cut/paste the whole thing as takes up far too much space but you get the idea.... Mods...I couldn't find this anywhere else but please move if appropriate ENB at Home: Ballet on Demand and BalletActive Classic titles available to rent and view on demand + online dance and fitness class subscriptions Throughout 2020, we have connected with hundreds of thousands of dance lovers all over the world via our ENB at Home programme of online classes and ballet streams. We are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new ENB at Home online platform, which will allow us to engage further with our global community and reach new ballet fans everywhere. With Ballet on Demand, you can now rent some of our best-loved titles, including Akram Khan's Giselle, La Sylphide, Dust, and Le Corsaire, and watch them from home! (Rent for three days from £4.99 – no subscription needed ) Ballet on Demand will also host our digital season of short films commissioned specifically for the camera, with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov, Stina Quagebeur and Arielle Smith. These unique dance-film collaborations are unlike anything we've previously done and will premiere throughout November and December. BalletActive takes our online classes to an entirely new level! Subscribe today to take ballet, contemporary and yoga classes with an exciting team of instructors, including Company ballet masters and mistresses. Designed for at-home participation, this is a fitness subscription you'll look forward to using!
  20. Not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere but I just received an email from Sadlers Wells announcing a free virtual Global Gala on 5 December. The email itself mentioned some of the participants (Osipova & Acosta included). Registration link: https://www.sadlerswells.com/receive-updates-about-sadlers-wells-global-gala/
  21. The big premiere of Hubbe’s newest (3rd?) La Sylphide will be this Saturday! Has precise casting been announced? (The website indicates dancers of three potential casts.) Is a telecast or streaming being planned? Thanks for any & all insights.
  22. When ENB issued their press release the other week I meant to point out that their BalletActive classes are now available online (paid-for). I'm considering trying them out over the Christmas break, as I have a long patch with no lessons coming up.
  23. https://vimeo.com/469873929/5ee47dee00 Well I've just spent a very happy time at the matinee performance of Milwaukee Ballet's production of Dracula. It was produced by Christopher Gable with Michael Pink doing the choreography. They were a wonderful partnership with Christopher Gable having such a dramatic flare and creating very tight productions. Not only was this very well performed but it brought back so many happy memories of seeing Northern Ballet perform it in the 1990s from it's premiere at Bradford in September 1996 to the final performances by them in 2000. I thought this Milwaukee cast was very well chosen and they all brought out the characters they were playing. Dracula was very sinister and Mina was just beautiful. This ballet is incredibly atmospheric and is a comparatively straightforward re-telling of the book (although the final scenes are in Carfax Abbey rather than having the chase across Transylvania). The ballet is in three acts, with each act featuring a different target for Dracula - act 1 is for Jonathan Harker, act 2 is for Lucy Westenra and act 3 if for Mina Harker. Let Brotherston's set absolutely fits the gothic action and Philip Feeney's score is just awesome with the constant background of someone knocking at the door (Dracula has to be invited in by his victims) and a throbbing heartbeat. I used to play it all the time in my car and I had to be careful because there are certain sections that just make you want to driver FASTER!!! Act 1 starts with Harker having nightmares about his trip to Transylvania. When he wakes up he is actually getting ready to go to Transylvania. We seeing him saying goodbye to Mina and then we have the impression that he is on a train. From the train he can see the local people trying to ward off the evil eye with stylised folk dances. Eventually he arrives and one of the local women gives him a crucifix and tells him to keep it with him at all times. He is met by a mysterious coachman who takes him to Dracula's castle and here he encounters Dracula who shows him to his bedroom and who sees Harker's photograph of Mina. Dracula disappears off and Harker lies on the bed. The three brides of Dracula appear and seduce him. He is on the point of succumbing to them when Dracula appears and draws the brides away with what seems to be a squealing baby in a sack. He then turns his attention to Harker and there is a magnificent duet for the 2 of them where Harker is desperately trying to escape and Dracula is there whichever way he turns. There are some wonderful "still" moments for Dracula who will then suddenly put out a hand (like a cobra's tongue perhaps) and grab Harker as he is trying to run past him. It all ends with Dracula about to drink Harker's blood. Then Harker wakes up screaming in bed and Mina comes in to soothe him. Act 2 is set at a grand hotel in Whitby where there is a tea dance going on. Lucy Westenra is there with her suitors. (She and Mina are old friends). In a sort of time-lapse section a rejuvenated Dracula appears and Lucy is seduced by him. Van Helsing is consulted and realises what has happened to her. She is being treated in the same place as the mysterious Renfield and sadly she "dies". In Act 3 Van Helsing, Harker, Seward and Quincey are trying to gather facts and find out where Dracula has gone. Mina is in her room upstairs. Eventually Harker comes to bed. Dracula appears and there is a very exciting duet for him and Mina where he starts by dragging her off the bed into a one-handed lift. She is trying to resist him but is powerless. It ends with Dracula forcing her to drink his blood and he disappears with her leaving Harker and the others in despair. Then we switch to Carfax Abbey where more vampires await the wedding of Dracula and Mina. As the ceremony reaches its climax, Van Helsing, Harker, Quincy and Seward burst in and do manage to vanquish Dracula who disappears into a coffin. Quincy has been mortally wounded in the battle and his friends comfort him. As the ballet ends Mina moves away and you are left wondering whether she has become a vampire or has been saved in the nick of time. (To become a vampire you have to drink another vampire's blood - if the vampire drinks yours you just die!) Anyway that is the bare bones. I can't even begin to describe the excitement we used to feel in the theatre before curtain up. The houselights didn't dim they were just suddenly turned out and people who hadn't experienced it before inevitably gasped. Even though I saw it numerous times I never got used to the experience! On one occasion a friend and I ventured to Atlanta to see Atlanta Ballet performing the work. The orchestra was on strike and the company had employed a scratch orchestra of retired musicians and students. It seemed that the conductor wasn't an experienced ballet conductor. When Dracula comes for Mina there are spooky noises. He comes to the bed, pulls her up into the one-handed lift and then the orchestra crashes in ... except they didn't and the dancer performing Dracula had to twirl around and around the stage with Mina in the one-handed lift until they did start playing. I remember always sticking my fingers in my ears because the explosion in act 3 was so loud. In 1997 on a solo trip to Newcastle I met other people who had made the trip and I'm happy to say that we are still good friends to this day. So a huge thank you to Michael Pink and Milwaukee Ballet for streaming this production - not only did I enjoy the performance but I had a lovely trip down memory lane. I don't know how long it will be available online but I'm going to try and see it at least once more!
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