While I am dearly missing live ballet and dance performances in these times of corona, fortunately there are plenty of streaming offers around. Now I discovered Marquee.TV where you can get a 14-day free trial! https://www.marquee.tv
Don’t miss COPPELIA – one of the most popular classical ballets. An ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. COPPELIA is a true classic, performed by companies around the world and enjoyed by audiences for its abrasive and sardonic comedy. This most recent staging from the Bolshoi Ballet features Margarita Shrayner as the witty Swanilda, and Artem Ovcharenko as the love-sick Frantz as well as the company’s always-stunning corps de ballet in the famous “dance of the hours”.
While I am dearly missing live ballet and dance performances in these times of corona, fortunately there are plenty of streaming offers around. As it will still take a while for operas and theaters to open, I started watching Marquee.TV – streaming Arts and Culture https://www.marquee.tv .
Getting bored? Have a look to all these amazing offers now available to watch for free online. You can find most links on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. Unfortunately some performances are difficult to locate on the websites of the ballet companies, so feel free to follow my Facebook account Evi Hock, my site Ballettlovers and balletloversblog on Instagram to get all infos.
I wanna give you a nice selection what I am going to see.
So who has the largest ballet company? France, Russia or the US?
There are many large, glamorous ballet companies all over the world. Usually they perform in majestic theaters, have diverse amazing repertoires, go on international tours and employ many dancers each season. Find out which company has the highestnumber of dancers.
It‘s tricky to figure out the right time to clap at a ballet. First-time goers are often concerned about embarrassing themselves by being the only one to clap. While you would never consider clapping in the middle of a symphony, at a ballet it is completey acceptable to clap throughout the performance to show your excitement and encourage the ballet dancers. Ballet ettiquette is also dependant on culture. For example, at the Bolchoi Theatre, it‘s a tradition to clap long, loudly and wildly.
Alexei Ratmansky is one of the most reknowned choregraphers today. He reconstructs and revives old ballets by spending months to study the movement score, step by step. So Sleeping Beauty came out with more subtlety, with more gradation and more in-between things. These are small differences but in the end it makes a changed ballet.