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12 minutes ago, MAX said:

 

I can't find anything conclusive in that though - it's speculation from yesterday unless I'm missing something?

 

For the avoidance of doubt: I'm not expecting there to be any more performances, I'm just looking for formal confirmation, or a route to it.

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1 hour ago, Lizbie1 said:

Please can any of our German specialists confirm whether today's announcement from Mrs Merkel means that the rest of the season is now off? Does the decision about large gatherings - how large is large? - get passed on to each region to implement as it chooses, as seemed to be the case when things were being shut down? (I'm assuming they'll all comply anyway.)

 

22 minutes ago, MAX said:

 

The 18 months were being discussed prior to todays news conference.

 

Based on today's conference

- theatres and opera houses (and other cultural venues) remain closed & there is no timeframe mentioned

- no large events prior to 31 Aug. There's no definition as to what constitutes a 'large' event in the document that was the basis for the news conference but I've seen a couple of articles that state that this will be defined by the various states

- the measures as to what will reopen / remain closed etc. will be reviewed every two weeks

 

Added link to article that links to the document that was the basis for the news conference today 

https://m.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/bund-und-laender-einig-kleine-schritte-zurueck-ins-leben-16726909.html

 

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From the Deutsche Welle news site:

Bars, restaurants, day care centers, theaters, and cinemas will stay closed until further notice. Religious gatherings are also canceled for the foreseeable future.

 

The theatres need to update their websites though. At the moment you can still buy tickets online for Stuttgart Ballet for performances after April 19! No doubt that will get fixed tomorrow.

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5 minutes ago, toursenlair said:

The theatres need to update their websites though. At the moment you can still buy tickets online for Stuttgart Ballet for performances after April 19! No doubt that will get fixed tomorrow.

 

I *think* that the guidance document technically only extends closure as far as 3rd May (to be reviewed fortnightly, as Duck says above), but I imagine many theatres and companies will be tempted to throw in the towel at this point.

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7 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

I *think* that the guidance document technically only extends closure as far as 3rd May (to be reviewed fortnightly, as Duck says above) ...

That's correct.

 

Any loosening of the current restrictions is done very slowly though so effects can be assessed. E.g., with the exception of book / cycle / car shops that can open again regardless of size, other shops that have been closed since mid March can only open if their retail space is below 800 square meters / 8600 square feet. This is less about safety in shops than about the number of people in the streets going shopping. Equally, schools will start with school-leaving classes only. Etc.

 

I thus think it'll be some time before the opening of cultural venues will be on the agenda, hence my assumption that the season is pretty much done.

 

No doubt the states will put out guidance as to what constitutes "large events" over the coming days.

 

 

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From what I understand, the number of people at "large events" will have to be confirmed by each federal state in the next days, but I too think that the season is over, no theatre will open again before September. All the open-air summer festivals are off, I suppose, and we have a lot of them.

Katherine, the Stuttgart theatre recently sent me my tickets for May and June, lucky me... I guess they still had hope they could re-open. All theatres had waited for the announcement and I guess we will see lots of cancelled seasons in the next days.

As Austria had closed for the rest of the season already a week ago and as France cancelled the big summer festivals, I guess you can expect the same will come for Great Britain. And the US. And Russia. No ballet for a long time.  

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Vienna State Opera posted the the premieres for next season. Martin Schläpfer, the new ballet director, has two world premieres: Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony, together with "Live" by Hans van Manen, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, together with pieces by Alexei Ratmansky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Balanchine (Symphony in Three Movements). A further premiere at the Staatsoper is a Robbins/Balanchine evening with Glass Pieces, Duo Concertante, A Suite of Dances and The Concert.

 

For the Volksoper, the smaller Vienna Opera House, the season includes an American evening with Promethean Fire by Paul Taylor, Lontano and Ramifications by Martin Schläpfer and Beaux by Mark Morris, an evening with Dutch ballet, including Skew Whiff by Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Adagio Hammerklavier by Hans van Manen and Symphony of Psalms by Jiří Kylián, and a restaging of Schläpfer’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with music by Brahms.  

 

Story ballets like Ashton’s Fille, Nureyev’s Swan Lake, Elena Tschernischova’s Giselle and also Balanchine’s Jewels will stay in the repertoire, the Volksoper keeps Pierre Lacotte’s Coppélia and Peter Pan by Vesna Orlić.

 

The Nureyev Gala in June, which this year should have been a big goodbye performance for Manuel Legris and his dancers and was cancelled due to the pandemic, will also take place in the future, but only every two years. A new discussion series named "Tanzpodium" will be established, also a weekly open class for advanced amateurs and interested professionals.

 

Let's hope everything can take place as planned. I could not find news so far about the new ensemble.

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3 hours ago, Naomi M said:

The new ensemble of Vienna State Ballet can be seen in this brochure. Many changes could be seen.

 

https://www2.wiener-staatsoper.at/fileadmin/Presse/Saison_20_21_PK/Textmaterial_Saison_20_21_PK/Saisonbuch202021_Presse.pdf

Some prominent omissions, indeed!  San Francisco Ballet has already announced the addition of Nikisha Fogo (Vienna's loss is definitely SFB's gain!), and I see that James Stephens is going to Royal Danish Ballet.  Any news of what Natascha Mair and Jakob Feyferlik will be doing?  (I could but won't speculate...)

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On 16/04/2020 at 03:44, Angela said:

As Austria had closed for the rest of the season already a week ago and as France cancelled the big summer festivals, I guess you can expect the same will come for Great Britain. And the US. And Russia. No ballet for a long time.  

 

I don't think the U.S. is entirely predictable especially as things may be decided on a state by state basis, but certainly no ballet in most major cities that have ballet and obviously not New York where Lincoln Center has already cancelled all summer events....The Vail Dance Festival in Colorado (which always has a slew of great ballet artists) has posted a letter to audiences on their site saying that they think it is too soon to know whether or not to cancel. It is hard for me to imagine that they won't cancel, but then the past year has been full of events that would have been hard for me to imagine.

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A small sign of hope from Stuttgart Ballet: the dancers who had been for six week under lockdown are now allowed to go back to the studio in small groups of two to four dancers, ballet master and pianist will join by video only. The dressing rooms stay locked, the studios will be disinfected on a regular basis. It's possible because professional dancers are included in a special Corona times law for top-class sport which allows training in small groups. All on a voluntary basis, of course, no dancer is forced to come to the theatre.

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That may have to do with the fact that it's a production for television and that German broadcasters ARD or SWR hold the rights for foreign countries. I thought that is the reason that I cannot see certain streams from France or Italy, but I'm not really sure. The same could happen with Death in Venice, but it's much older, so maybe they concede the rights.

If it helps: The Beethoven ballet is not Neumeier's best work.

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3 hours ago, Angela said:

That may have to do with the fact that it's a production for television and that German broadcasters ARD or SWR hold the rights for foreign countries. I thought that is the reason that I cannot see certain streams from France or Italy, but I'm not really sure. The same could happen with Death in Venice, but it's much older, so maybe they concede the rights.

If it helps: The Beethoven ballet is not Neumeier's best work.

Thanks for this -it seems a very likely explanation. Death in Venice was streamed with no problems. I wonder what will happen with Illusions? 

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Same thing happening in Japan, Beethoven Project was available last time, but not this time. And it was broadcasted on television here (NHK)  last week, so I guess it seems to be because of rights issue here. 

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52 minutes ago, toursenlair said:

 

that's a very tactful way of putting it. 😉

 

I am happy to have survived to it (live in Hamburg), somehow. 🙂 I am sorry for Aleix Martinez, a great Artist, IMO, but NEVER again thanks .

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