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2 hours ago, LinMM said:

I can’t remember the new date for Emerging Dancer but will be giving  it a miss this year anyway but hope some public will get offered tickets. 

 

ENB's Emerging Dancer is now on Tuesday, 22nd September.

You don't have to "give it a miss" because it will be live-streamed.

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Saw this wedged in on the ROH site. Does anyone have any information? 

 

We'll soon be making a full announcement on what to expect from the Royal Opera House's participation in Open House London. Booking for Open House 2020 will open soon.

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9 minutes ago, oncnp said:

Saw this wedged in on the ROH site. Does anyone have any information? 

 

We'll soon be making a full announcement on what to expect from the Royal Opera House's participation in Open House London. Booking for Open House 2020 will open soon.

 

Not for 2020 but the Open House London is an annual initiative and, in the past, the ROH has been open to visitors in that context. I went in 2018 when the new parts were open for  the first time and it was possible to see all the public areas but not back stage.

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6 hours ago, oncnp said:

Saw this wedged in on the ROH site. Does anyone have any information? 

 

We'll soon be making a full announcement on what to expect from the Royal Opera House's participation in Open House London. Booking for Open House 2020 will open soon.

 

A bit more detail here https://open-city.org.uk/open-house

 

I first went to London Open House many years ago (though I haven't been for some time) - managed to see inside the FCO, Lloyds of London, City Hall etc etc. London Open Squares is also worth a look for the future - https://londongardenstrust.org/ogsw/2020/home/ (as one can go into Eaton Square, Cadogan Square etc without having to own a property on the Square!)

 

 

 

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Just had an email from my local theatre (Bath) that states it's going to be announcing its Autumn 2020 season on Friday with general release a week later, it's also stated their Covid measures....the normal capacity is 900

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From a Russian-language article fvia Google translate) Vadim Muntagirov (Principal or "Prime Minister" as it seems to translate in many languages, Royal Ballet)  thinks full scale productions won't be until March 2021.  Link below but relevant passage.....

 

But they said that they would be able to fill the hall completely and plan large three-act ballets only in March 2021. Before that, there will probably only be small one-act ballets, where there are as few artists as possible on the stage - such as "Appolo" or "A Month in the Country". 

 

https://chayka.lv/2020/09/01/vadim-muntagirov/?cn-reloaded=1&fbclid=IwAR3wjlIKpDVwUCr7Sn3v9oH7jmRPLpnD0-IgcH974CLE1EMPXUfPeYXPTZM

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, oncnp said:

Before that, there will probably only be small one-act ballets, where there are as few artists as possible on the stage - such as "Appolo" or "A Month in the Country". 

 

 

That would suit me very well indeed (and doubtless Muntagirov as well!).

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here BUT THE ROYAL BALLET DOES NEED TO PUT SOMETHING OUT VERY SOON even if, as in the case of ENB's press release, it is not possible to dot all the i's and cross all the t's.

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16 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

…. BUT THE ROYAL BALLET DOES NEED TO PUT SOMETHING OUT VERY SOON even if, as in the case of ENB's press release, it is not possible to dot all the i's and cross all the t's.

 

Perhaps they need a few days/a week to get everyone back into the studio (Sept 1? Anyone know if that actually happened?) and assess where they are and what's possible before making an announcement?

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34 minutes ago, oncnp said:

 

Perhaps they need a few days/a week to get everyone back into the studio (Sept 1? Anyone know if that actually happened?) and assess where they are and what's possible before making an announcement?

 

I'm sure I read somewhere that Tamara Rojo said it would take up to 12 weeks for the dancers to get fully fighting fit as, during lockdown/zoom classes they have only been able to do basic barre type work and not much in the way of leaping and turning as most of them have been working in their kitchens/lounges.

 

I can't see the RB being much different from ENB.

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15 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

I'm sure I read somewhere that Tamara Rojo said it would take up to 12 weeks for the dancers to get fully fighting fit as, during lockdown/zoom classes they have only been able to do basic barre type work and not much in the way of leaping and turning as most of them have been working in their kitchens/lounges.

 

I can't see the RB being much different from ENB.

 

Undoubtedly true but the ROH has already announced the date for  Friday 9 October, giving them just over a month (assuming back 1 Sept as advertised) and it will be a gala format ("showcase of heritage and modern highlights") , not requiring full fighting fit but maybe a step in that direction.  

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The situation appears to be not quite as difficult for orchestras, which are already performing live concerts (e.g. at the Proms).  For them, it seems to be the audience which is the problem.  The London Philharmonic Orchestra has just announced a full autumn season of concerts from the Royal Festival Hall streamed on Marquee TV:

 

Announcement here

 

I still think that with ballet and opera companies the orchestra being in a pit is likely to cause major problems :(  Sure, you can perform works with a cut-down ensemble (as you probably could with dance), but it's a question of finding something to occupy all the company/orchestra members which may be the problem.

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1 minute ago, alison said:

.  The London Philharmonic Orchestra has just announced a full autumn season of concerts from the Royal Festival Hall streamed on Marquee TV:

 

 

...and free if I'm reading correctly? Thanks for pointing this out. 

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Month in the Country and other one Act ballets sounds great to me Muntagirov was a total delight in Month last time. Perhaps we might even get Dances again! 
Just so I’ve got this straight these programmes will be live-streamed from ROH ....there is no audience at the theatre yet...assuming this is still 2021? 
 

As someone who has been doing most of the ballet classes I do on Zoom since April although it is amazing how just doing a barre and a bit of centre work can keep you in some degree of good shape ( both my injuries to ankle and shoulder are way way better than a few months back defo due to continuing the ballet) you definitely can’t really do much jumping and build up much dynamics in allegro type exercises with turns etc and it would take time to get to top level of fitness again but would imagine most Professional dancers could do this for class purposes well within 12 weeks. I think the 12 weeks is more for Performance fitness with both full on rehearsals and performances going on together. 

I was interested to read about the theatre in Bath. How will they manage intervals etc? Or will people stay in seats? (I often do anyway unless meeting friends etc.).  Will the loos be open? can you take mask off once in seat? 
 

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11 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Just so I’ve got this straight these programmes will be live-streamed from ROH ....there is no audience at the theatre yet...assuming this is still 2021? 

 

 

The two programs announced on 24 Aug will be streamed only. The announcement does say the detail of the Autumn 2020 season will come in a few weeks so perhaps a combination of stream and audience? (But wouldn't hold my breath on the live audience part)

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5 hours ago, LinMM said:


I was interested to read about the theatre in Bath. How will they manage intervals etc? Or will people stay in seats? (I often do anyway unless meeting friends etc.).  Will the loos be open? can you take mask off once in seat? 
 

 

Don't know about Bath but at B'ham Rep in October it already states that we have to wear masks at all times in the theatre building.

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6 hours ago, oncnp said:

 

The two programs announced on 24 Aug will be streamed only. The announcement does say the detail of the Autumn 2020 season will come in a few weeks so perhaps a combination of stream and audience? (But wouldn't hold my breath on the live audience part)

 

The Mariinsky will be resuming "galas" (one or two dancers at a time) this weekend, with checkerboard seating. A week later it will have a full performance, Romeo and Juliet. A week after that, closely dated full performances will begin. All of September will be checkerboard seating. 

 

The Bolshoi will begin full performances the beginning of this month with two seats together, then a space.

 

I think the performing arts world will be paying close attention.

 

The Bath guidelines posted above seem to be quite good and will probably be the norm for a while. 

 

On a personal note, I like Galas and think that they are a very good idea for now. There's also a lot of flexibility with this format.

 

One step at a time. Maybe a very good idea.

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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

How are they going to manage the intervals and loos in Birmingham? 

 

Don't know about loos but the performance is only due to last an hour with no interval.

 

I'm more worried about motorway pitstops!

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Dutch National Ballet are presenting seven performances in September of Dancing Apart Together, a programme of new choreography.  They are performing in their Opera House with a socially distanced audience - and no interval.  According to their website, all performances are sold out.

 

They have posted one of their excellent videos as a trailer, showing all 8 choreographers presenting their works - with fascinating explanations by Hans Van Manen, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ernst Meisner, Juanjo Arquez and of course Ted Brandsen himself.

 

The programme appears mouth watering - and it is heart-warming to see everyone from Ted Brandsen down, so clearly enjoying themselves back in the studio.

 

Sadly they have no plans to stream this programme, but I thoroughly recommend the 10-minute trailer video - First ballet after Covid19 lock 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

I’ve just seen on IG that Paris Opera is reopening in October (via Dance Europe).

 

 

 

L' Opéra National de Paris 

 

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/services-and-practical-info/booking-opening-on-8-september?utm_campaign=social-organic&utm_medium=instagram&utm_source=reseaux-sociaux&utm_term=ouverture-8-septembre

 

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It might be worth noting that the Paris Opera is also starting with the two or three dancers on stage at time format. The Mariinsky began like this in July and is doing it again with its reopening this weekend. It may well become part of the new startup norm. I don't know yet what audience spacing the Paris Opera will use.

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I hope the Mariinsky dancers who were hospitalised have recovered? I wonder what further measures are being taken to protect the dancers this time round, since the last reopening had serious consequences. 

 

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I had no idea what was going on at the Mariinsky re this Covid outbreak. 
Some staff and one dancer were hospitalised but the dancer was more seriously ill 😢  Unfortunately the latest on this was August 20th so don’t know what the update now on these people is. 
However it does seem as if the Company was rather ambitious putting on a larger group ballet and going on tour 🤔
They had safety measures in place but obviously not quite enough. 

I hope they have all fully recovered anyway. 

 

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2 hours ago, SheilaC said:

Slipped Disk today claims that 3 of the ballet coaches at the Mariinsky are seriously ill in hospital. No details were given.

 

They are probably the most vulnerable because many are elderly. I've briefly chatted with a few over the years and they are lovely and devoted individuals deserving much better than this. Let's hope for the best.

 

"Daily Testing"

 

This is something that I wrote at Ballet Alert! that might have some interest now. It's based on two New York Times articles about practical and reliable daily testing. It seems promising to me but I've not seen much written about it since. 

 

New York Times — Gia Kourlas — July 24, 2020

 

“There’s No Social Distancing for Dancers. How Can the Show Go On?”

 

As I contemplate how on earth dance can return to the stage, I often turn to the podcast “This Week in Virology,” ….

 

They talk about testing. Daily testing....By nature, dancers push through. And they want to be dancing. Apart from a vaccine, daily testing — from home, before leaving for the studio — seems like the only feasible solution for safe rehearsal. Even though paper-strip tests are less sensitive than nasal swab tests, their speed and ease would be a game changer.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/arts/dance/safety-protocols-dance-coronavirus.html

 

Gia Kurlas refers to another New York Times article. 

 

[Note this article is from the "Opinions" section. It's written by "Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Michael Mina. Mr. Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University and Dr. Mina is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.] 

 

“A Cheap, Simple Way to Control the Coronavirus” July 3, 2020

 

With easy-to-use tests, everyone can check themselves every day.

One variety, paper-strip tests, are inexpensive and easy enough to make that Americans could test themselves every day. You would simply spit into a tube of saline solution and insert a small piece of paper embedded with a strip of protein. If you are infected with enough of the virus, the strip will change color within 15 minutes.

 

The strips could be mass produced in a matter of weeks and freely supplied by the government to everyone in the country. The price per person would be from $1 to $5 a day, a considerable sum for the entire population, but remarkably cost effective.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/opinion/coronavirus-tests.html

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