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DAVID NIXON OBE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF NORTHERN BALLET WAS "IN CONVERSATION" WITH DAME MONICA MASON DBE on 12th January via Zoom
In an illuminating conversation, which included many mutual reminiscences, David spoke about starting out in dance, performing in his home country (Canada), in Berlin and on 'gala' tours, his early days as a Director in Columbus,Ohio, and his 20 years at the head of Northern Ballet.
Discussion of David's approach to choreography, to choosing dancers who would be a good 'fit' for the Company, and to operating within the constraints imposed by touring and budget limitations was especially illuminating, as was his summation of the role of a Director, "It's not about you at all - you're there for other people".
A FULL REPORT WILL BE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE SHORTLY.
[Photo Fran Waterhouse]
Members who would like to view the videos of the inaugural "In Conversation" on Zoom (with Cassa Pancho, Artistic Director of Ballet Black) and the subsequent evening (with Brandon Lawrence, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet) should sign in and go to > About Us > Members Only. Provided that there is permission from the guest and host, the videos are now being made available to LBC Members in this way some months after each event.
For the final Zoom event of 2020, the LBC was delighted to welcome the dancer, musical star, choreographer and producer Adam Cooper.
[A full record of the 'talk' is now in the Reports section.]
No charge is made for the Zoom 'talks' but those attending are encouraged to make a donation so as to help the LBC maintain its support to student dancers and organisations.
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The link to Zoom is sent to LBC Members a few days ahead of the event and is on the News: Members Only page. Non members who would like to 'attend' may request the link from firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 hours beforehand, please.
Many companies have moved into seasons of digital programmes. Those listed below are 'pay-to-watch' unless stated otherwise:
DANCING NATION is a free all-day festival of British dance presented by Sadler's Wells and BBC Arts on the 14th January.
Divided into three one-hour programmes, to be streamed on the bbc.co.uk/iplayer or via sadlerswells.com at 10:30 am, 01:30 pm and 04:30om, the festival brings together a huge variety of dance numbers from across the country, as well as interviews with participating dancers and choreographers. Audiences can sign-up to receive an email and/or SMS alert which will remind them when Dancing Nation is available to view. Sign up is available at https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2021/dancing-nation.
Scottish Ballet is selling tickets for streamings of The Secret Theatre which includes a taste of The Nutcracker: https://www.scottishballet.co.uk The company is also offering free viewing of The Fairy's Kiss and The Rite of Spring on https://www.youtube.com/user/scottishballet/videos
The Royal Ballet is charging £3.00 to watch a recording of Alice in Wonderland which is being streamed in place of the cancelled performance of The Nutcracker. However, the 2018 filming (Nunez/Muntagirov/O'Sullivan/Sambe) is available on Netflix.
ENB School's Winter Showcase premiered online (YouTube and Facebook) on Monday 21st December from 7.30pm and is available for 30 days thereafter.
Bavarian State Ballet (Munich) offers its PARADIGMA triple bill for a cost of 9.90 Euros, commencing 6 January, for 30 days. info: https://www.staatsoper.de/staatsballett/stueckinfo/montagsstueck-viii-paradigma.html?fbclid=IwAR2auPFpQHtgkirGTmIq6gCx8m_vXOdus9wr7UEQJjlOaeu9DqIIt2mgkqE
English National Ballet's digital season of specially created works for camera is still available via ENB at Home. The programme is as follows and each work is available to watch for 3 days after it is purchased (£3.49 each time): Take Five Blues (from 23rd November); Senseless Kindness (from 30th November); Laid in Earth (from 7th December); Echoes (from 14th December); Jolly Folly (from 21st December)
ENB also has a range of class and exercise programmes which can be accessed online. Details are on https://www.ballet.org.uk and on the company's Facebook page.
[Dance Europe has an interview with the Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare on its home page https://www.danceeurope.net and a range of other short films on its website: https://www.danceeurope.net/films/]
Dutch National Ballet has an ongoing sequence of programmes: https://www.operaballet.nl/online
Other companies' digital seasons are set out on the following websites:
[Sarasota Ballet has three Digital Programmes at a cost of $35.00 per performance; $90 for all three]