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    Ballet during Lockdown

    Since the start of lockdown, a plethora of dance has been available to watch online including performances streamed by most companies, virtual classes and some new creations. I hope you all enjoyed watching Men at the Barreon BBC4 and the streamed productions from the Opera House every Friday, as well as the live performances over the last three weekends. These have included Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales dancing Wayne McGregor’s duet Morgento the music of Richard Strauss; Vadim Muntagirov performing Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke performing the lyrical central pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concertoand Mayara Magri and Matthew Ball dancing a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.

    There has been an array of ballet streamed online during the lockdown due to Covid-19. This can be accessed through the websites and social media accounts of companies, as well as those of individual dancers and on YouTube. We don’t intend listing all of these. Those of you who use the internet can find them for yourselves or through BalletCo Forum.

    Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website contains many clips, both of dancers in lockdown and from the companies varied repertoire. BBC Arts also contains Celine Gittens dancing The Dying Swan in her home, slightly re-imagined by Director Carlos Acosta.

     

     

    The Dying Swan is also used for a short film featuring 32 ballerinas from 14 companies around the world, including The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward to raise funds through Swans for Relief to aid those suffering from Covid-19.

     

     

    Dancers from The Royal Ballet created a piece entitled Ghost Light, to the music of the Rolling Stones to raise awareness of the charity Acting for Others.

     

    Christopher Wheeldon has created a new work with Royal Ballet dancers and Opera House musicians filmed on their mobile phones to the music of Ravel’s Boléro.

     

    And, for those of you who need cheering up, please watch the Australian Ballet's take on Myrthe and the Wilis

     

    Over the past few years, our member Charles Haswell has been working on a series of ballet inspired short films with members of the Royal Ballet. Charles was producer and Alice Pennefather, sister of former Royal Ballet Principal Rupert, directed the films with choreography by Valentino Zucchetti and Kristen McNally.

    The films are:

    Dreams of Giverny

    Sarah Lamb, Annabel Pickering, Allen Christer Choreography: Valentino Zucchetti

    The Sun is God

    Francesca Hayward, Matthew Ball - Choreography: Valentino Zucchetti

    In Her Hands

    Natalia Osipova, Matthew Ball, Léa Jackson - Choreography: Valentino Zucchetti

    Esprit du Jardin

    Ashley Dean - Choreography: Kristen McNally

    The films are now available to view live on BBC Culture in Quarantine platform. You just click on the link and scroll down to Ballet Shorts. Alternatively, you can access them via Pennefather Films.

    The films are tributes to Claude Monet, the fallen of the First World War, JMW Turner and Camille Claudel and were shot on location at La Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, France, Petworth House in East Sussex, LAMDA, the Royal Opera House and a Gold Medal winning garden from the Chelsea Flower Show. 'Making Of' films, which feature interviews with all of the dancers, actors, choreographers, director and our chairman as producer/executive producer are also available to view.

     

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