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A Corona cluster has been detected at a smaller University theatre in Vienna last week, but until now I know nothing about infections at a theatre in Germany or Austria - most cases happen at private festivities or in bars. With their very strict hygiene rules, theatres seem to be rather safe places. When I visited the reopened theatres at Stuttgart in July (we're still on summer holiday here), people behaved very carefully and treated each other with respect - theatre audiences are friendly, peaceful people, I guess that makes a theatre visit easier than, let's say, a football game. 

And on the other hand there's Madrid, where an opera performance had to be cancelled because people did not stay in their seats... You never know.

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Berlin State Ballet announces some performances of Giselle for October. Patrice Bart himself has adapted and shortened his choreography according to the distancing rules of Covid, there will be fewer Wilis than usually.

Cast: Iana Salenko and Daniil Simkin on 28. and 30. October, Ksenia Ovsyanick and Dinu Tamazlacaru on 29. October. The music will be played live in the pit in a smaller orchestration.

 

For the third part of the Gala "From Berlin with Love", they will show the ball scene from Swan Lake with 29 dancers, among other highlights. They also continue to show "LAB_WORKS COVID_19" at the Komische Oper.

 

For the Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper they can now offer some more tickets, the distance between audience members has been reduced to 1 meter.

 

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Due to the virus, the big opening of the new building of the John Cranko School at Stuttgart will be reduced to some 30 people in the new, big theatre at the school. BUT they will stream the event live on Friday, 28. September 19.00 CET.

Surely you don't want to listen to lots of Swabian politicians delivering speeches, but they promise some videos of the new building and performances by students and dancers of Stuttgart Ballet - no idea which will come when. I'm sure we will find the video on their website later.

The new building is really huge and glorious from the inside - eight ballet studios (one with a raked stage!) and a theatre, a boarding home with 41 rooms. It's in walking distance to the theatre and offers wonderful views over the town and the opera house from every balcony.

 

Check out the stream here:

https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/spielplan/john-cranko-schule-neubau/

 

some pictures of the building:

https://fm.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/media/mid/neubau-der-john-cranko-schule-in-stuttgart-ist-fertig-gestellt/

 

https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/cultural-architecture/john-cranko-ballet-school-stuttgart/

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During the opening ceremony, Reid Anderson just declared that the rights/royalties of the Cranko heritage will go to the new school, "to protect the school forever". He called it "a living monument to John Cranko". 

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On 28/05/2020 at 18:30, Angela said:

The German Dance Award 2020 goes to contemporary dancer and choreographer Raimund Hoghe, working on inclusion and diversity since the 1990s.

 

The Award for Outstanding Performer 2020 goes to Friedemann Vogel, Principal Dancer with Stuttgart Ballett.

 

Awards for Outstanding Artistic Developments in Dance 2020 go to:

Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft, a contemporary choreographer from Hamburg and her company,

and to Raphael Hillebrand, a HipHop/Urban Dance/Contemporary artist and choreographer from Berlin

 

The gala for the Award ceremony will take place on Saturday, 17. October 2020 in the Aalto-Theater Essen.

 

 

The Award Gala will be streamed live at 18.00 CET and then for 24 hours as Video-on-Demand. It promises the rare treasure of Béjart's Bolero with Friedemann Vogel

 

Programme here

the Link for 17. October:

http://www.deutschertanzpreis.de

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John Neumeier's new work "Ghost Light" will be streamed live from Hamburg Ballet's tour to Baden-Baden on 10. October, 18.00 CET on arte.tv. It's available for two days.

 

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/099933-000-A/ghost-light-ein-ballett-in-corona-zeiten-von-john-neumeier/

 

I've added both this and the Gala the calendar but the times aren't showing up properly.

 

Both are 18:00 CET which, dispite being input as 18:00, somehow got changed to 13:00. Sorry! 

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At Bavarian State Ballet, the December premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella will be postponed to one of the coming seasons. It is replaced by a triple bill called "Passages": young German choreographer Philippe Kratz contributes a new creation called "To get to become" with music by hip-hop songwriter Milo. Russell Maliphant‘s "Broken Fall" returns, the third work will be confirmed.

 

The performances of John Neumeier's Nutcracker will be replaced by Giselle and Swan Lake.

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Staatsballett Berlin continues careful steps back on stage with a 4th gala in December. The beloved Nutcracker won't happen this year of course, but they're trying to show a stream online in December, since it has been filmed some time ago. For me, Christmas is only complete with Nutcracker ballet.  Sad news is that Marcia Haydee's Sleeping Beauty had to be postponed to 2022. So everything is still back and forth. Corona restrictions in Berlin are harsher than in Stuttgart for example, so SBB performances are still very limited. 

Other news: since today, Berlin's former Mayor for 13 years and also former Senator for Culture Klaus Wowereit is now CEO of SBBs friends circle. Let's hope he brings more attention for ballet into Berlin public. In general, Ballet has not a big voice/lobby in Berlin. I hope this changes a bit now.

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Due to a single dancer infected with Covid, Zurich Ballet had to cancel two performances of Christian Spuck's Sleeping Beauty. They hope they will be back for 27. Oct.

Also Bavarian State Ballet will have to cancel two Swan Lakes due to six Covid cases in the company.

 

In general, most theatres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are playing now, but with reduced audiences everywhere.  

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Berlin State Ballet also reports a dancer with Covid, but as the 91 dancers work in separate training groups, divided according to the productions in which they appear, they will be able to go on with the performances, f.e. the premiere of new LAB_WORKS COVID_19 today. The training group was immediately isolated and examined. By tracing the contact chains, the isolation and the receipt of negative test results it could be ensured that there are no chains of infection within the company. One choreography will be modified due to the circumstances.

 

The Staatsballett Berlin has been working with an extensive and continuously updated safety and hygiene concept since May 2020. The concept includes work in fixed training groups, regular tests and a catalog of measures in the event of positive test results.

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Yes. Isn't it sad? Just when things started to get going again. Let's hope it will only be for the one month! Saying this here makes me feel bad bechause I know that theatres in the UK have been closed down and without an audience far longer.

Anyway, I do  hope that the dancers can practise together, whether as pairs or bubbles of dancers, and will not have to return to the spring regime when only households were allowed to dance together.

 

 

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On 27/10/2020 at 06:52, Angela said:

Stuttgart Ballet live-streams the premiere of a new evening with five creations by company members on this Friday at 19.00 CET- for the links check the calendar.

 

 

Did anyone else watch this? Wow, so creative! I especially loved Agnes Su’s extremely glowing and positive piece, Resonanz...the penultimate one performed. Try to watch it before it disappears.

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During the November Lockdown in Germany, Ballet Hannover streams its premiere "Restless" on 8. November via Youtube. The recording will stay there for the whole month. It's a triple bill with "Moonlight" by Juliano Nuñes (Creation to Beethoven music), "Double You" by Jirí Kylián and "Masculine/Feminine" by Lukáš Timulak.

 

For ballet buffs:  Though Ballet Hannover is a rather modern company, the have a Camargo and a Viganó in the company ... 😀

 

 

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Did anyone else watch this? Wow, so creative! I especially loved Agnes Su’s extremely glowing and positive piece, Resonanz...the penultimate one performed. Try to watch it before it disappears.

 

Sorry I am responding to this so late, Jeannette. Yes, I did watch it, live, three times, actually, as this was the last chance for the next couple of weeks if not longer to watch live performances in Stuttgart. I loved Resonanz, too, it really seemed to be the most positive piece of the lot, with the second part evoking some of the melancholy reminiscent of DAAG (if you can forgive the comparison with an absolute masterpiece), in the sense that it brings up memories of better times. I admired the tension of the PDD of Giaquinto’s Aedis where the couple very imaginatively dance with a table. And, upon the third viewing I really grew to like the last piece, Mehlberg, too, with its cartoon character like movements. The last performance I saw was with another cast and the piece worked very well, if not even better, on this so very different trio.

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On 03/11/2020 at 17:20, Angela said:

During the November Lockdown in Germany, Ballet Hannover streams its premiere "Restless" on 8. November via Youtube. The recording will stay there for the whole month. It's a triple bill with "Moonlight" by Juliano Nuñes (Creation to Beethoven music), "Double You" by Jirí Kylián and "Masculine/Feminine" by Lukáš Timulak.

Thank you for this tipp Angela. I'll be watching.

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Stuttgart Ballet cancelled all performances until 31. January 2021. Most other German companies don't play until the end of December, a longer lockdown might be likely. Berlin State Ballet is off until 3. January, Hamburg still plans to bring a Neumeier premiere on 22. December: "Beethoven Project II". 

 

Bavarian State Ballet at Munich presents a triple bill online on 20. December:

"Paradigma" unites three choreographies by Sharon Eyal ("Bedroom Folk"), Russell Maliphant ("Broken Fall") and Liam Scarlett ("With a Chance of Rain"). Just as every paradigma is characterized by its structure, so is each of the three choreographies, where the forces within the choreographies fight the dominant structure and from that gain their creative potential. Both "Bedroom Folk" and "With a Chance of Rain" are new works that are presented for the first time at Bavarian State Ballet. "Paradigma" premieres live on 20th December 2020 on STAATSOPER.TV, free of charge. As video on demand from 22. December for 9,90 Euro, online for one month.

The cast for "Broken Fall" is Jeanette Kakareka, Jonah Cook and Jinhao Zhang.

https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsopertv.html

         

In December, the company will record Ray Barra’s Swan Lake to stream the performance at the end of the year.

Cast: Ksenia Ryzhkova (returning after her baby break), Jinhao Zhang as Siegfried and Emilio Pavan as Rotbart.

 

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Bavarian State Ballet at Munich presents a triple bill online on 20. December:

"Paradigma" unites three choreographies by Sharon Eyal ("Bedroom Folk"), Russell Maliphant ("Broken Fall") and Liam Scarlett ("With a Chance of Rain"). ...[edit]...l. Both "Bedroom Folk" and "With a Chance of Rain" are new works that are presented for the first time at Bavarian State Ballet. "Paradigma" premieres live on 20th December 2020 on STAATSOPER.TV, free of charge. As video on demand from 22. December for 9,90 Euro, online for one month.

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Wait - wait - wait...stop the presses!  I can’t believe what I’m reading. Liam Scarlett’s With a Chance of Rain is being performed and livestreamed on 20 December? The full thing? If so, it will include a horrendously vulgar Pas de Deux with moves termed “The Grope” (with jiggling) and “The Twerk” that disgusted many of us in the ABT audience. If that particular pdd will be omitted or significantly modified at the Staatsoper, then fine. If not, please alert viewers to keep the children far away.

 

For reference, here’s a review of its ABT premiere in 2014:

https://criticaldance.org/american-ballet-theatre-with-a-chance-of-rain/

 

 

 

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