You will have been delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House intends to reopen for performances on the 17th May 2021 and will announce its programme on 13th April 2021, assuming the Government indicates that the easing of the lockdown is on schedule. They have already announced that two Crystal Pite works, new to the Company, will be performed and there will be a programme of Draft Works in the Linbury, to which the Association has already made a donation.
In the meantime, we hope most of you have been able to watch the many ballets being streamed by companies from around the world. For those without internet access, Sky Arts is now available through Freeview and is showing regular ballet performances, although often early in the morning.
You will have been delighted to hear that Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ballet Master and former Principal Dominic Antonucci has been appointed Assistant Director of the Company. We have sent our congratulations to him.
We have also sent congratulations to Yuhui Choe and Nehemiah Kish on the birth of their daughter Myriam on 29th January 2021; to BRB’s Daria Stanciulescu and Tyrone Singleton on the birth of their son Zion Adrian on 8th January 2021 weighing 8lbs 12oz; to former BRB Principal Delia Matthews and her husband in New Zealand on the birth of their son Lowen Matthew Harris; and to former Royal Ballet Principals Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg on the birth of their second daughter Ella Armelle. On the 1st March 2021 Alina left English National Ballet after seven years.
We are thrilled to announce that the annual joint visit to The Royal Ballet School with the LBC will take place online on the 27th April 2021 via Zoom.
As you may know, the students came back on the 8th March 2021 and the hope is that normal teaching will continue after Easter. The provisional programme for the day is 9.00 - 9.45 – Third Year Ladies; 9.45 – 10.30 – Third Year Men; BREAK; 11.00 – 11.30 – First Year Ladies; 11.30 – 12.30 – Second Year Ladies; 12.30 – 1.15 – Second Year Men; BREAK; and 1.30 – 3.30 – First Year Contemporary.
We have been told that the students will be very happy to have an audience, even though we cannot watch them in person. The Second and Third Year classes will include our 2020 RBS Award Winners.
You may have heard on the radio or tv that the V & A Museum has proposed restructuring which will result in the closure of the Theatre and Performance specialist section and is likely to lead to the redundancies of expert staff.
When the Theatre Museum was closed in Covent Garden, and absorbed into the V&A, they promised that they would hold and nurture the collections. Please sign the petition to ensure this specialist section stays open. Many of you will remember their wonderful Ballets Russes exhibition.