photo: Jubal Battisti.
At the end of August, Berlin operas and theaters will be able to reopen after the lockdown. We’re really happy with that, but it won’t be the same with a lot of restrictions on stage and behind the scenes, as well as far fewer seats in the courtroom. Many of the new productions that we have been looking forward to have been discontinued because they did not respect distance rules or simply could not be repeated due to restrictions.
For a few months now, the dancers at Staatsballett Berlin have been unable to play or practice together. In an earlier stage of the lockdown, we already shared a truly wonderful video initiated and edited by lead dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick which showed dancers performing in their homes and gardens during self-isolation. Now, a few months later, the dancers were able to leave their homes and practice again, but still not together as they were used to. After the great success of the first video, they have now released two more videos that we want to share with you here.
The first filmed by Jubal Battisti shows part of Emanuel Gat’s play Sunny performed at a distance in Hasenheide Park. In fact, I have never seen this piece live, but I am happy to now have this version in the park which shows the contemporary and cool side of the Staatsballett Berlin.
The second video that was shot and edited by Olaf Kollmannsperger is more in line with Ksenia’s isolated dance video. This time, 30 dancers from the ensemble perform small improvisations in front of the places where they usually perform: Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Komische Oper and Deutsche Oper. This video was also initiated and produced by one of the dancers themselves: the solo dancer Arshak Ghalumyan.
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