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*** THE FULL REPORT ON THE "IN CONVERSATION" WITH KEVIN O'HARE CBE CAN NOW BE FOUND IN THE REPORTS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE ***


During the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’, many organisations are relaying performances from their back catalogues and people are making “what to watch” suggestions online. We will draw together some suggested viewing here and update the list on a regular basis.

THE ROYAL BALLET WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN "LIVE  FROM COVENT GARDEN" RELAYS ON THE 13TH, 20TH, AND 27TH JUNE. The first one (including a new work from Wayne MacGregor) is free but, thereafter, it will be pay to view.

The Mariinsky Ballet has both Raymonda and The Fountains of Bakhchisarai on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Ayg9nhTq4&feature=youtu.be     - for Raymonda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhrJ51hetc&feature=youtu.be - for Bakhchisarai

Monday Concerts at the National Theatre Munich at 19.15 BST are on https://www.staatsoper.de/tv.html  The concerts can be accessed subsequently on a pay-to-watch basis.

BBC4's programme about the BalletBoyz, Ballet Black and the documentary about the men of The Royal Ballet: Men at the Barre which were transmitted on the 27th May are now available on iPlayer. 

ENB's weekly relays continue on the 17th June with Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth and on the 24th June with Manon. The relays (via Facebook or youtube) are available for 48 hours afterwards.

The Vienna State Opera has posted its streaming schedule for June. It will include Giselle on 6th June, Neumeier's Legend of Joseph and Verklungene Feste on 10th June and  segments from an assortment of Nureyev Galas on 25th June, 

From 13. June, the Bavarian State Ballet will show a gala that was recorded in 2017 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, with Prisca Zeisel in Swan Lake, Ksenia Ryzhkova in Raymonda, Ivy Amista and Osiel Gouneo in Don Quijote. The gala will be online for two weeks at https://www.staatsoper.de/tv.html

Novosibirsk Ballet also has Coppelia here: https://www.russianseasons.org/ru/live/balet-koppeliya-spektakl-novosibirskogo-gosudarstvennogo-akademicheskogo-teatra-opery-i-baleta/

The Cellist from The Royal Ballet (relayed on 29th May) can be accessed on Facebook or Youtube until the 12th June when La Fille Mal Gardee (Nunez/Acosta cast)  will be shown at 7.00pm

THERE IS A VERY USEFUL SUMMARY OF BALLET/DANCE WHICH CAN BE WATCHED ON DEMAND HERE: 

https://bachtrack.com/search-dance/medium=2

Vienna's Don Quixote is now online here:

https://www.staatsoperlive.com/

THE ROYAL DANISH BALLET's next streaming will be Swan Lake  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NZTstS7Mvxo

Raymonda is still available to watch: https://video.kglteater.dk/raymonda-1


https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCusHNEiSVMvyNaYLIWtmWOg/?fbclid=IwAR0zhtkB3GMooVVmMW2H7k_ekLM6fQT_jwjADfmXfQkNHhz3w0_v90u-CtA 

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BBC WITHIN ITS CULTURE IN QUARANTINE PROJECT TO RELAY CLASS AND FILM. THE DETAILS ARE AT: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts AND ALSO ON THE BRB'S WEBSITE: https://www.brb.org.uk 

https://www.brb.org.uk/home-from-home

THE IS A SHORT FILM FROM CNN FOCUSING ON ROYAL BALLET DANCERS MELISSA HAMILTON, VADIM MUNTGIROV AND ANNA ROSE O'SULLIVAN IN 'LOCKDOWN':

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/royal-ballet-opera-house-lockdown/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2Dp_V9GyeQ-EXx8mOt1N3jBqAm0dxh9eh8LXY1wmDmJJ35D3iChnWXsBM

NEW YORK CITY BALLET IS NOW OFFERING PERFORMANCES ETC ONLINE

 All programs start at 8 pm Eastern Time (4.00pm BST - but check!)

  https://www.youtube.com/nycballet

DANCE EUROPE has put a complimentary copy of its May edition online and is also offering regular news updates 

https://danceeurope.net/secure/articles/viewer/10/comp-dig-edition/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2kplb9zuCx4gcgtKOLk4FgPz2w6tDWzVQMQckEOn7vW9RU0NzkzwnKqwQ

THE BOLSHOI BALLET is showing several ballets, including Le Corsaire, The Bright Stream and Spartacus on their youtube channel. 

https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/about/press/articles/none/2020-05-04-broadcast/

TROCKS FOOTAGE can be accessed via: 

https://www.vimeo.com/231150393

PERM BALLET has made a Jerome Robbins Programme available:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JoRVALI6_M

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET is uploading a new video each week:

https://www.sfballet.org/sf-ballet-home/ 

SADLER'S WELLS VIDEO OFFERINGS CAN BE ACCESSED VIA:

https://youtube.com/user/sadlerswells/videos

DETAILS OF THE RAD'S EXERCISES FOR THE OVER 55s ARE HERE: https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1623582/over-55s-kitchen-counter-makeshift-barre-online-ballet. SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS. THE FIRST SESSION IS AT 1.00PM ON WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL

There is a discussion involving the Duchess of Cornwall, Dame Darcey Bussell and Angela Rippon on youtibe which focuses on Silver Swans.

ALSO OF INTEREST, ESPECIALLY TO PEOPLE WHO HEARD DAME DARCEY BUSSELL TALKING ABOUT HER DIVERSE DANCE MIX INITIATIVE IS HER OFFERING ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/ddmix

Please copy the viewing links below and paste them into your browser:

A blogger has posted her own collection of favourites here:

https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/2020/03/23/My-Top-5-Ballerina-variations-this-week?fbclid=IwAR1FYdcT4EGgKlZELlPzGhTxqU-wgTstCViv7NPxC_tyIdpGatJH6hILwHc   

https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/2020/04/02/My-Top-5-Pas-de-Deux-clips-for-this-week?fbclid=IwAR36lMcovTB2fUpcLbWY_ncKCXs-KPVg9Z6zv-gG5OWd3AuoRr8ZUk4f8f8

https://tothepointemagazine.wixsite.com/tothepointemagazine/single-post/2020/04/09/My-Top-5-Mad-Scenes-from-Giselle

Paris Opera Ballet is offering:

Cinderella - April 18th to June 19th

https://www.operadeparis.fr/

THERE IS AN A COMPREHENSIVE ROUND-UP OF "WATCH TO WATCH" ONLINE HERE: 

https://www.fedora-platform.com/news/experience-opera-and-ballet-online/123

IN VIEW OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INSTRUCTIONS ON MANAGING THE CORONAVIRUS [COVID-19] SITUATION, ANY  EVENTS  PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED ON THIS WEBSITE ARE POSTPONED FOR THE TIME-BEING. UPDATES ABOUT REARRANGED DATES ETC. WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN POSSIBLE. 

LBC Members have been notified individually by e-mail or letter. Members are also being kept informed by Newsletter.


The AGM of THE LONDON BALLET CIRCLE was held on Monday, 9th March 2020 at the Royal Ballet School, Floral Street, Covent Garden. The ANNUAL REPORT and ACCOUNTS have been posted on the Archived Newsletters page (via About Us). Members wishing to access the page should be sure to have first created an account and to have logged in.

This year,  the AGM evening took a very varied form, with dance and conversation featuring more prominently  than the formal business.

By kind permission of the Director, Christopher Powney, members were afforded the treat of  watching third year students Maddison Pritchard and Denilsen Almeida rehearse the Chanson pas de deux by Derek Deane. Created for Alessandra Ferri and David Wall, the piece featured many intricate lifts, which made it all the more absorbing to hear the coaching points from teachers Nicola Tranah and Ricardo Cervera and watch the students refine their technique and interpretation.

Following this, Kevin O’Hare CBE, Director of The Royal Ballet, was “In Conversation” with Jane Pritchard MBE, Curator of Dance at the V&A Museum. The focus was firstly on how Kevin had thought about, discussed, and acquired the experiences  which shaped his desire to lead a company and later, in some detail, on how he perceived and discharged the various and ever-developing elements of his role, both within The Royal Ballet and in collaboration with others. It was a privilege to hear Kevin’s perspectives on these aspects of managing The Royal Ballet. [A photo by LBC is underneath this brief summary and a full report on the conversation between Kevin and Jane will be posted on the website as soon as possible.]

THE FULL REPORT OF THE CONVERSATION IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE REPORTS SECTION

Three lucky members then won a draw for an annual subscription each (worth £39.50) to The Dancing Times, kindly donated by the Editor, Jonathan Gray.

Finally, members were thrilled to be joined for drinks and titbits by many special guests from the ballet world who had talked to the LBC during the previous financial year or facilitated LBC visits to classes and rehearsals.

The feedback about the occasion has been extremely positive and grateful thanks are due to everyone - our various guests; the RBS teachers, students and other staff; and, not least, our president Dame Monica Mason DBE -  for making it possible and giving members such a memorable evening.


< THE LONDON BALLET CIRCLE IS THRILLED AND HONOURED TO ANNOUNCE THAT DAME DARCEY BUSSELL DBE HAS KINDLY AGREED TO BECOME ONE OF OUR VICE PRESIDENTS >

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