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1 hour ago, Geoff said:

 

I'm sorry, but as I've said elsewhere that first link is "expert" only if an interest in Star Wars and creative writing is relevant.

 

By all means, link to contrasting views from epidemiologists and so on, but propagating the views of amateurs is the opposite of helpful in these circumstances.

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46 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

I'm sorry, but as I've said elsewhere that first link is "expert" only if an interest in Star Wars and creative writing is relevant.

 

By all means, link to contrasting views from epidemiologists and so on, but propagating the views of amateurs is the opposite of helpful in these circumstances.

 

Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet (one of the best medical journals in the world, based in London) Dr Richard Horton: “The evidence is clear. We need urgent implementation of social distancing and closure policies. The government is playing roulette with the public. This is a major error.”

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/government-is-playing-roulette-with-the-public-as-uk-coronavirus-cases-hit-456/11/03/

 

Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, Prof Devi Sridhar: "...said the time had come for the UK government to ban large gatherings, ask people to stop non-essential travel, and recommend employers shift to home working"

https://www.ft.com/content/c43b9c3e-6470-11ea-a6cd-df28cc3c6a68

 

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt: "I think it is surprising and concerning that we're not doing any of it at all when we have just four weeks before we get to the stage that Italy is at."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51865915 

 

Former regional director of public health for north-west England Professor John Ashton: “We’ve got a complacent attitude, it feels wooden and academic, and we’ve wasted a month when we should have been engaging with the public."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/12/health-expert-brands-uks-coronavirus-response-pathetic

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And in Sarasota, FL, Ashton’s R&J apparently will go on next weekend (25 March)! The venue - Van Wezel Center - hasn’t issued any update of any sort...the ballet troupe depends on the venue, which depends on mandate by the local & state governments.

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3 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

There are clearly different expert opinions (and a lot of opinions from non-experts) as to the most effective strategy. The experts who advise the Government are working to models in which they clearly have confidence, and they speak convincingly (from what I've seen). The fact that it's a different strategy to many other countries is indeed nervewracking, but that's not to say it's wrong. It's good (essential) to ask questions, and to continue to do so, but all I can do is pray for those who have to make these very difficult decisions.

 

Indeed...and the  links below perhaps throw more light on the UK's particular approach...

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51865915 Telling those with a high temperature or cough to self-isolate for a week will have the "biggest impact" in the fight against coronavirus, the UK's chief science adviser says.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51858987 Coronavirus: Three reasons why the UK might not look like Italy

 

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1 hour ago, alison said:

(Yet?) Florida has been getting all incomers from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days, hasn't it, or am I getting confused?  One would assume there was a good reason for it.

Alison, I think those guidelines were revised a few days ago:  https://www.wesh.com/article/florida-coronavirus-self-isolate-after-international-travel/31286388#

 

Of course now, anyone entering the US who's been in a Schengen country in the last 14 days is required by Federal regulation to self-isolate.

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4 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

There are clearly different expert opinions (and a lot of opinions from non-experts) as to the most effective strategy. The experts who advise the Government are working to models in which they clearly have confidence, and they speak convincingly (from what I've seen). 

 

For those in the UK who would like to remind themselves of the NHS doctrine, here it is, as set in 2011:

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/213717/dh_131040.pdf

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4 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

 

I'm sorry, but as I've said elsewhere that first link is "expert" only if an interest in Star Wars and creative writing is relevant.

 

By all means, link to contrasting views from epidemiologists and so on, but propagating the views of amateurs is the opposite of helpful in these circumstances.

 

I apologise. I was sent this link by one of my senior UN colleagues who told me it is a good example of how to communicate these complicated issues to a general audience. 

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Hi all.  In these extraordinary times, we mods understand that everyone is worried about the current world health pandemic.  As is always the case with social media, any big news gives rise to rumour, speculation and mis-information.  For this reason, we are asking that, going forward, any discussion of the Covid-19 virus be limited to its effect on cultural closures.  Please don't discuss the medical or political aspects of this problem.  We have already had a couple of posts reported, and in order to stem anything further from snowballing we are curtailing inappropriate comments, even if they are made in good faith and with helpful intent.  We don't want to risk adding to anyone's worry or distress, or disseminating mis-information.

 

We wish you all well;  take good care of yourselves.  In the meantime, please keep sharing your thoughts about what gives us joy in this increasingly strange world:  ballet and dance.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

With best wishes,

Sim

Chair, BalletcoForum Committee 

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In my town, public life is shutting down completely at the moment - all theatres and cultural venus, cinemas, sports, bars, clubs, everything is closed. Go out and get some ballet while you still can! And toilet paper, of course... 😀😢😱

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My DD’s company abroad has cancelled all performances, the theatre is closed, and its tours have been cancelled/postponed. As a relatively large company, it’s probably financially better protected than many, but I know of dancers elsewhere being sent home. Mine is hanging in there for now, waiting for news.

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A Japanese musician was being interviewed on Radio 3 earlier: she said that many performances in Japan are being streamed online, without an audience.  How viable that would be here, I don't know.

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Romeo and Juliet Performances Cancelled

 

March 13, 2020 … Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that due to the unprecedented pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all performances of Romeo and Juliet as well as In Studio classes and events are cancelled effective immediately.

The above is for Toronto. All performances are also cancelled at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The R&J run was supposed to go for another week, followed by a tour to Ottawa.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

A Japanese musician was being interviewed on Radio 3 earlier: she said that many performances in Japan are being streamed online, without an audience.  How viable that would be here, I don't know.

 

I saw this from the Berlin Philharmonic earlier but I’m not sure how to copy the link:

“The Philharmonie Berlin will be closed until 19 April – as a measure to counteract the spread of the Corona virus. However, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle have decided to give their planned concert with Berio’s Sinfonia and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra anyway: without an audience, exclusively in the Digital Concert Hall. A first broadcast on 12 March will be followed by repeats on 13 and 14 March. Access is free.”

A number of other recorded concerts are also available for free whilst the hall is closed.

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Zurich Opera House has cancelled all shows until 30 April.  I was due to see Nutcracker next week but I will no rearrange my trip.  Oddly they are only crediting funds to client theatre accounts though not issuing proper refunds unless you specifically request buy completing a form!!! I am not very happy about that, albeit I only bought cheap tickets anyway but if they cancel they should refund.

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11 hours ago, Jeannette said:

And in Sarasota, FL, Ashton’s R&J apparently will go on next weekend (25 March)! The venue - Van Wezel Center - hasn’t issued any update of any sort...the ballet troupe depends on the venue, which depends on mandate by the local & state governments.

 

Sarasota Ballet has just announced the cancellation of performances of Ashton’s R&J.

 

www.sarasotaballet.org

 

 

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6 hours ago, alison said:

A Japanese musician was being interviewed on Radio 3 earlier: she said that many performances in Japan are being streamed online, without an audience.  How viable that would be here, I don't know.

 

A production of Vagner' s Gotterdammerung was cancelled (a series of Ring Cycle) at Biwako Hall, which was a major new production. They decided to stream live the 2 performances without audience, and 12 thousand spectators watched it. On the same day, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra streamed their concert and this time 100 thousand spectators watched it. Japanese companies have not streamed live performances so it was a groundbreaking  event but of course it is a huge loss financially. The Biwako Gotterdammerung was recorded and a DVD is expected to be released.  Some more concerts will be streamed without audience but not any ballet/dance companies yet.    

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9 hours ago, JohnS said:

 

I saw this from the Berlin Philharmonic earlier but I’m not sure how to copy the link:

“The Philharmonie Berlin will be closed until 19 April – as a measure to counteract the spread of the Corona virus. However, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle have decided to give their planned concert with Berio’s Sinfonia and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra anyway: without an audience, exclusively in the Digital Concert Hall. A first broadcast on 12 March will be followed by repeats on 13 and 14 March. Access is free.”

A number of other recorded concerts are also available for free whilst the hall is closed.

 

Link here https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52535. I haven't checked what happens when the free access ends e.g., whether it just ends or switches to payable access unless the customers gives advance notice, etc.

 

Both the Bavarian State Opera and Stuttgart Opera have stepped up on (live) streaming of operas, I am putting the links under "Opera & Music".

There will also be a live streaming by the Bavarian State Ballet of Swan Lake on 21 March, link under "News from Germany, Austria and Switzerland".

 

 

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1 hour ago, oncnp said:

'Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere......

 

Joberg Ballet has announced on IG that Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov have canceled their Don Q in Johannesburg next weekend.  

 

No doubt because of the coronavirus issues here. What a shame for J'oburg and the two dancers concerned.

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