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The Mariinsky Theatre, one of the last to shut down on 18 March, is one of the first to open and will give three ballet galas in Mariinsky II this weekend. Audiences will be limited to 500 people for each show. The programme will feature Alina Somova and Xander Parish in the adagio from Raymonda Act I; Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim in Don Quixote pdd; Maria Khoreva and Vladimir Shklyarov in Sleeping Beauty Act III pdd; Ekaterina Kondaurova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko in Carmen Suite excerpts; Olesya Novikova and Philipp Stepin in Giselle Act II pdd; Nadezhda Batoeva and Konstantin Zverev in Le Parc pdd; Anastasia Matvienko in the Dying Swan.
World Ballet School Day
Conceived by Viviana Durante, World Ballet School Day will feature students from Boston Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, English National Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Palucca University of Dance Dresden, The Royal Ballet School and the Prix de Lausanne in a round table to provide insights into the world of professional ballet and dance training especially during lockdown, and will introduce segments from each school featuring behind the scenes and performance footage filmed both before and during lockdown. The event will be streamed from www.worldballetschoolday.com on 7 July from 12 noon BST
Mike Dixon talks with Northern Ballet premier dancer Javier Torres about his early career in Cuba, his move to Leeds and his plans for the future. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.
Comprising students in their final year at the Central School of Ballet, Ballet Central has created Centrally Connected Performs, a new choreographic project set to a specially created piece of music by composer-in-residence Philip Feeney. Artistic Director Christopher Marney explains: “This year’s Ballet Central tour was unable to proceed due to the Covid-19 pandemic so we created Centrally Connected Performs instead to allow dance students to create their own choreography using ballet or contemporary dance genres to Philip’s innovative music.” No fewer than 27 student dancers, at home across the UK and in countries worldwide following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, have contributed to the film.
Dancing on a Quiet Canal
Choreographer Peter Leung and filmmaker Altin Kaftira created eleven short dance films shot in a deserted Amsterdam. This solo, Variations from Gently Quiet, features Dustin True dancing i front of the Hermitage museum next to the Amstel river. Music by Setareh Nafisi and Nicholas Robert Thayer.
Live Performances by Stuttgart Ballet
Although Stuttgart Ballet was obliged to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 season due to the corona pandemic, the company has just announced a new mixed repertory evening entitled RESPONSE I. Recent changes in regulations now allow audiences of up to 99 people and three performances have been scheduled for 25 & 26 July. Additionally, the opening night performance will be broadcast live to the Cannstatter Kulturwasen – a new, drive in movie theatre accommodating up to 1,000 cars. Entrance to the Kulturwasen will be free of charge thanks to the support of Stuttgart Ballet’s main sponsor Porsche, which has just renewed its commitment to Stuttgart Ballet until 2023. The programme, devised by Stuttgart Ballet artistic
The programme, devised by Stuttgart Ballet artistic director Tamas Detrich will include three world premieres by Fabio Adorisio, Roman Novitzky and Louis Stiens. The creations will adhere to all the current distancing rules, both on stage and backstage. The choreographers have also chosen music which can be played live by a small ensemble of musicians. Additionally, the programme will include solos from MacMillan’s Requiem and Edward Clug’s Ssss…, Fokine’s The Dying Swan, Hans van Manen’s Solo and a pas de deux by a couple living in the same household. The evening will close with a special edition of Béjart’s Boléro, thanks to Gil Roman and the Fondation Béjart, who have facilitated this.
Do You Love Gershwin?
Gauthier Dance has announced that a creation by Marco Goecke, originally planned to open the COLOURS Festival in 2021, has been brought forward and Do You Love Gershwin? will now be premiered in October. In turn, Swan Lakes – another new work by Marie Chouinard, Marco Goecke, Hofesh Shechter and Cayetano Soto, originally scheduled for June 2020, will now open COLOURS next year. Goecke has been rehearsing in the two Gauthier Dance Löwentor studios – in compliance with all Corona-related hygiene requirements – since the beginning of this month.
Live from Covent Garden
Amanda Jennings reviews the first live performance, including a world premiere by Wayne McGregor, created on Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, on the Royal Opera House stage since the theatre closed on 17 March. Read the review HERE
Close in Oslo
Gerard Davis reviews Melissa Hough's 5 Ballerinas and Lucas Lima's Distant Closeness - a double bill by the Norwegian National Ballet performed on the Opera House stage in Oslo. Read the review HERE
Amanda Jennings reviews the Royal Opera House's final live #OurHouseToYourHouse of the season featuring Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball in the pas de deux from Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour and Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke in the pas de deux from MacMillan's Concerto. REVIEW LINK
Back on track in Tallinn
Estonian National Ballet director Linnar Looris shares the optimistic news that the company will open the new season with Anna Karenina in September. Read the latest update HERE
Maina Gielgud just managed to finish setting her new production of Swan Lake for Cape Town City Ballet before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In this film, she talks about her lifetime connection with the ballet and about the rationale behind her new staging.
Video interview with Wiener Staatsballett principal Nikisha Fogo, who talks about her training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and subsequently in London at the Royal Ballet School; her career to date working with artistic director Manuel Legris in Vienna... VIDEO
Dancing under Lockdown
Dance students Gregoire Duchevet, Tessa Karle, Elizaveta Kiriakova, Kate Hester, Arianna Crosato Neumann, Eden Kew, Sara McGovern, Eva Sergeenkova, Elizaveta Chertikhina and Mila Nicolussi Caviglia share their stories
Ballett Zürich is also back in the studio with dancers taking class. Artistic director Christian Spuck shares the positive news in an interview. Read the story HERE.
Dutch National Ballet
Dutch National Ballet has just started to welcome its dancers back in the studio for carefully managed, socially distanced classes. This is been made possible by thanks to the determination of its artistic director to overcome the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic regulations. TED BRANDSEN explains how this has been made possible. Read the story HERE
The Mariinsky Ballet second soloist joined the company in St Petersburg shortly after graduating from the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco in 2017. Dance Europe caught up with the young Japanese ballerina at her home near Osaka. Click the photo to read the interview
An innovative project by the Norwegian National Ballet is enabling small groups of dancers to get back on stage. READ THE STORY
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on dancers, choreographers and directors around the world. This film is a compilation of excerpts from videos made by 26 dancers, choreographers and directors around the world.
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At the Mikhailovsky Theatre with
This film goes behind the scenes at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg with Principal Guest Ballet Master Mikhail Messerer, and follows the company's dancers in class and in rehearsal for Messerer's staging of Laurencia. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.