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10 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

 

Although you have to remember there is now the 'enhanced' congestion zone charge in the City to deal with ... 

 

Indeed. Guaranteed to bring London to its knees at a time when it needs every encouragement to get up and running again. 

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It's all the delivery-related options, travel to supermarkets, checking up on people and travelling to see friends and family, most of whom don't live anywhere near, that I was thinking about ...

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Happy that Staatsballett Berlin is back, as good as possible. Just ordered my tickets for "From Berlin with love" 1 (With the "Goodbye" performance for M. Kaniskin) and 2, and Lab Work COVID 19. Cannot wait.❤❤❤

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Munich are doing something different ....

 

They have removed 4 rows of the stalls in the Bayerische Staatsoper to make a larger socially distanced orchestra area ... no longer a pit.  I think the photos explain all without the need for a translation.

 

It will be a new challenge for the conductor to balance orchestra and opera singers.  Ballet should be fine.  But don’t buy seats in the first few rows of the stalls as I think vision will be impaired by the orchestra.   For the time being the opera house is only selling limited tickets in the first two tiers, and none in the stalls, for their programmes on 4 days of the week.

 

It’s a start.
 

https://blog.staatsoper.de/post/news/wo-ist-der-orchestergraben-hin.html?type=rss''&cHash=fd240f74b7d00e27b0f0b531b22324b8

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2 hours ago, capybara said:

I've just noticed on social media that Laurretta Summerscales and Yonah Acosta will be dancing the Le Corsaire pdd in the Monday Concert from Munich on the 22nd June.

 
with Emilio Pavan (Formerly of ENB) ... it’s the grand pas de trois 😉

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2 hours ago, FionaE said:

Munich are doing something different ....

 

They have removed 4 rows of the stalls in the Bayerische Staatsoper to make a larger socially distanced orchestra area ... no longer a pit.  I think the photos explain all without the need for a translation.

 

No, I really would recommend not bothering with a translation.  There's probably more information in there than anyone's ever likely to need :)

 

And I see from tonight's concert that the Royal Opera House has done something similar - presumably to allow enough room for dancing as well.

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1 hour ago, alison said:

 

No, I really would recommend not bothering with a translation.  There's probably more information in there than anyone's ever likely to need :)

 

And I see from tonight's concert that the Royal Opera House has done something similar - presumably to allow enough room for dancing as well.


I must check again.  I thought the ROH had just covered the orchestra pit to enlarge the stage forwards.   It looks like they may have used part of the rear stage too.  And have musicians in the wings.   Novel!

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Roster changes at Bavarian State Ballet:

 

Principal Dancer Ivy Amista retires from dancing with this season after 19 years with the company. She will work as a ballet master for the company.

Principal Dancers Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook return after one year at Zurich.

Nicholas Losada returns to the corps de ballet after one year with Gauthier Dance at Stuttgart. Madison Young from Vienna State Ballet joins als Soloist, Vladislav Kozlov joins from San Francisco als Demi Soloist. Melissa Chapski and Rhiannon Fairless join in the corps de ballet.

 

Six dancers are leaving: Isabella Knights joins Vienna State Ballet, Dukin Seo joins Ballet on the Rhine at Düsseldorf, Andrea Marino goes to Royal Swedish Ballet. Ziyue Liu returns to China, Stanislava Aitova and Madeleine Pastor are leaving.

 

The company intends to show Ray Barra’s Swan Lake on September 9. and Peter Wright’s Giselle on September 19. in „slightly adapted versions“ in accordance with the hygiene guidelines that will be in place in Munich in autumn.

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Speaking about Gauthier Dance at Stuttgart: The company is working on a Gershwin evening by Marco Goecke which will premiere in October. Just solos and some duos for couples who live together. Their "Swan Lakes" premiere which was planned for June with Swan Lake-inspired pieces by Hofesh Shechter, Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke and Cayetano Soto will be postponed to summer 2021.

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The delightful (but small) Jermyn Street Theatre in London has now announced that it will stay closed until 2021.  (This with having received one of those cherished Emergency Covid Grants that so many similar sized institutions failed to win.) .... I put this here because I thought a comment by the Jermyn Street AD Tom Littler in The Stage (but three sentences from that same to keep in line with BcoF guidelines) made it apt - and certainly put things in a clear British perspective ...

 

Artistic director Tom Littler said: "Even if we are allowed to reopen, British theatres cannot break even with social distancing – we rely on full houses.

 

"Theatres in Europe are already reopening – because, for example, there’s more state funding for theatre in Berlin than in the whole of England, so they can run with socially distanced audiences."

 

He added: "Theatres have asked government for a rescue package – a mix of loans, insurance, tax breaks, the extension of the job retention ’furlough’ scheme, and an investment. The money we need is far less than the bailout of the big three airlines.
"Week after week has gone by. Government silence has been deafening."

 

 Our friends in Germany are most fortunate.  Very lucky indeed!

 

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Christiana Stefanou has been appointed Director of the Ballet Academy at Vienna, starting in August 2020. After a huge scandal about children being mentally abused, discriminated and neglected, a special commission and a group of experts developed a new concept for the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera. The key points are child-friendly pedagogy and an appreciative corporate culture, physical and mental health, a revision of the curriculum and the new goal to become an internationally recognized and world-leading dance academy in the next five years. The Austrian state will make investments of € 882,000 for infrastructure and € 862,000 for additional educational, medical and therapeutic staff.

 

Christiana Stefanou studied ballet at Munich and in later years dance pedagogy at Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She was a dancer with Bavarian State Ballet and worked as a ballet master and teacher afterwards. She was Ballet Director at the Greek National Opera and a teacher at the State Ballet Academy in Athens and the School of Performing Arts in Greece. She worked as a guest ballet master and dance teacher with the most important companies in the world: Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballett am Rhein, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, National Ballet Romania, Czech National Ballet, Balleto de l'Opera di Roma, Ballett Theater Basel, at the University of Music and Theater in Munich and at the San Francisco Bay Point Ballet School. She has also rehearsed the classics at many ballet academies. She is currently working on her master's thesis „Dance Pedagogy and Ballet Direction“ at the University of Plovdiv.

 

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On 3 July 2020, the Staatsballett Berlin will stream a digital gala, giving its audience a taste of the upcoming programme in August and September 2020. 

While the Berlin stages are still closed, the Staatsballett Berlin will present a digital gala programme starting on 3 July 2020. Aurora Dickie, Iana Salenko and Polina Semionova, as well as Dinu Tamazlacaru, Daniil Simkin and Marian Walter will give a taste of the programme in August and September 2020. They'll be accompanied in parts by Donald Runnicles, General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Alina Pronina on piano and Elisabeth Heise-Glass on violin.

In addition to solos and pas de deux from the repertoire works SWAN LAKE and JEWELS, choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti and Mauro de Candia will be performed, some of which will be part of the gala programmes FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE I+II at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in August and September 2020. As a taste of the Staatsballett's first new production, LAB_WORKS COVID_19 with choreographies by dancers of the company, Ross Martinson showcases one of his choreographies and Ksenia Ovsyanick and Johnny McMillan present an improvised work.

The footage shot at the Deutsche Oper Berlin shows a change of perspective: behind the dancers on stage, the empty auditorium becomes an impressive backdrop, not only accentuating the beauty of the choreography but also the painful absence of the audience.

FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE will be available on 3 July 2020, 7pm CET via the company's Youtube channel under www.youtube.com/staatsballettbln.

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Stuttgart Ballet has published the first half of next season: https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/

They offer mixed bills of solos and socially distanced creations until November, when they hope they will be allowed to touch again. The audience is reduced to 250, maybe 330 in the Opera House (normal 1400), 170 in the Playhouse, maybe more in autumn. 

 

Diana Ionescu was promoted to soloist, Matteo Miccini was promoted to Demi-Soloist. Mackenzie Brown, Winner of the Prix de Lausanne 2019, joins the company. Former Apprentices Bridget Lee, Natalie Thornley-Hall and Riccardo Ferlito join the corps de ballet, Marco Piraino and Alexander Smith stay on as apprentices. Rose Maloney, Edoardo Sartori and Tristan Simpson are new apprentices, all come from the John Cranko School.

Principal Dancer Ami Morita leaves the company to join the Estonian National Ballet.

Corps de ballet dancer Jisoo Park leaves the company.

Mikhail Agrest joins the company as new musical director.

 

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I watched real ballet on a real stage today, and I never saw such happy, blissful dancers taking a bow after each of the six pieces. In front of 240 people, Stuttgart Ballet presented a mixed bill at the Opera House, with three new pieces by members of the company, where the dancers stayed three meters from each other, but with live music in the pit or from behind the stage. They also danced Fokine's Dying Swan and Hans van Manen's Solo, which keeps three very fast male dancers at an appropriate distance. Ballet director Tamas Detrich managed to get almost everyone of his company in one of the two casts, the programm will be repeated two times on Sunday and hopefully in October. It ended with Maurice Béjart's Bolero with only eight dancers instead of the 30+ they normally have around the red table. Friedemann Vogel was incredible and made me believe by the sheer power of his will that some day everything might be back to normal. At least for tonight.

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On 25/06/2020 at 10:39, Angela said:

Roster changes at Bavarian State Ballet:

 

Principal Dancer Ivy Amista retires from dancing with this season after 19 years with the company. She will work as a ballet master for the company.

Principal Dancers Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook return after one year at Zurich.

Nicholas Losada returns to the corps de ballet after one year with Gauthier Dance at Stuttgart. Madison Young from Vienna State Ballet joins als Soloist, Vladislav Kozlov joins from San Francisco als Demi Soloist. Melissa Chapski and Rhiannon Fairless join in the corps de ballet.

 

Six dancers are leaving: Isabella Knights joins Vienna State Ballet, Dukin Seo joins Ballet on the Rhine at Düsseldorf, Andrea Marino goes to Royal Swedish Ballet. Ziyue Liu returns to China, Stanislava Aitova and Madeleine Pastor are leaving.

 

The company intends to show Ray Barra’s Swan Lake on September 9. and Peter Wright’s Giselle on September 19. in „slightly adapted versions“ in accordance with the hygiene guidelines that will be in place in Munich in autumn.


Munich soloist Henry Grey announced he is also leaving .... to join Finnish National Ballet as a first soloist.  Congratulations!

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Hamburg Ballet announced an updated version of next season, as most German theatres only until December 2020. You can download the German booklet here.

Neumeier choreographed a new piece "Ghost Light" for all of his dancers, according to the guidelines of social distancing. It premieres on 6. September and will also go on tour to Baden-Baden in October.  From October on they will show Neumeier's "Death in Venice" and his "St. Matthew's Passion". Hamburg State Opera may allow around 500 visitors instead of the 1600 that normally fit in.

 

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I was a bit anxious but I did get my tickets for Staatsballett Berlin for late August and September yesterday. Distance is of course a matter in the auditorium, contact data will be collected, bring your ID to the performance is obligatory, resale of tickets is not allowed. At Deutsche Oper, only 415 out of 1859 seats are being sold. Oywey....but I am sooo looking forward to go to a theatre again.💖

 

Here is the link to "From Berlin with love 1" which is still accessible on youtube:

 

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6 hours ago, Sabine0308 said:

I was a bit anxious but I did get my tickets for Staatsballett Berlin for late August and September yesterday. Distance is of course a matter in the auditorium, contact data will be collected, bring your ID to the performance is obligatory, resale of tickets is not allowed. At Deutsche Oper, only 415 out of 1859 seats are being sold. Oywey....but I am sooo looking forward to go to a theatre again.💖

 

Here is the link to "From Berlin with love 1" which is still accessible on youtube:

 


I really enjoyed this End of Season collection.   Many super performances 👏

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17 hours ago, FionaE said:


I really enjoyed this End of Season collection.   Many super performances 👏

I am happy that you enjoyed it. My favorite was Iana Salenko's Swan❤. I also got word today that we can watch rehearsals again. The usual precautions of course but what a treat. Next week roll on❤

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Alina Cojocaru is awarded ‘Dancer of The Year‘ by Germany’s Tanz Magazine, for her work with Hamburg Ballett.
 

 https://www.der-theaterverlag.de/tanz/aktuelles-heft/artikel/taenzerin-des-jahres-alina-cojocaru-1/

 

John Neumeier has written some wonderful words about her, but I cannot access the full piece without a subscription.  Here is what I cou”d access (translation by Google😞

 

DANCER OF THE YEAR
Alina Cojocaru

John Neumeier, ballet director and chief choreographer in Hamburg since 1973, writes his very personal declaration of love to our dancer of the year.
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It's been almost 20 years since Alina Cojocaru not only danced the pas de deux from “Flower Festival in Genzano”, but also the second act from “Giselle” with Ethan Stiefel at the “Nijinsky-Gala 2001” in Hamburg. Although I had previously experienced Alina as a fascinating dancer in London, this gala performance in Hamburg was a revelation for me. Her interpretation of Giselle was well known. But because of the honest and humane dimension she gave the character, it was as if she had not just interpreted the role, but invented it that evening.

 

It was stylistically correct, but completely new to me - very modern! On the way to the gala celebration, I met this extremely fragile woman at the entrance to the opera house. Alina didn't want to come with me. She sat alone, quiet, waiting, as it were, and seemed almost disturbed in her shyness, so completely different from the rehearsal situation. After the rehearsals and the gala performance, I was happy to have this moment alone with this strange dancer who impressed me so much. She hardly spoke herself. I tried to explain to her how impressed I was with her performance. Because I saw more than just "Giselle". I saw the potential ...
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On 17/08/2020 at 18:08, Sabine0308 said:

I am happy that you enjoyed it. My favorite was Iana Salenko's Swan❤. I also got word today that we can watch rehearsals again. The usual precautions of course but what a treat. Next week roll on❤


yes Iana Salenko’s white Swan was my favourite too.  She is sublime.  Worth watching for this alone.  
 

Lucky you with audience participation re-starting.  Enjoy!

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1 hour ago, FionaE said:

Alina Cojocaru is awarded ‘Dancer of The Year‘ by Germany’s Tanz Magazine, for her work with Hamburg Ballett.

 

Just for the record:

Performance of the year is the modern opera "The Little Match Girl" by Helmut Lachenmann, staged and choreographed by Christian Spuck for Zurich Ballet.

Company of the year is Zurich Ballet.

Choreographer of the year is Akram Khan, mainly for "Outwitting the Devil", which premiered at the Colours International Dance Festival at Stuttgart.

No male dancer was chosen, too many different nominations.

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