Sunday, September 29, 2013

Barrenjoey Headland (Palm Beach) Fire


From Sunday 29 September 2013:

Sydney firefighters save historic Barrenjoey lighthouse from headland blaze

Almost 80 Rural Fire Service volunteers have worked this morning to contain a bushfire on Sydney's northern beaches, near the historic Barrenjoey lighthouse.
The blaze started yesterday on the Barrenjoey Headland near Palm Beach and has burnt out 17 hectares of bushland.
The RFS said crews succeeded in saving the main lighthouse, but there is some damage to the roof of one building in the complex.
Spokesman Brendan Doyle said crews are still on scene.
"Currently crews are allowing the fire to burn slowly down to the waterline," he said.
"Crews are obviously controlling any hot spots around the main ridge of the Barrenjoey headland and any problem trees that may be in the area."
Two helicopters were on the scene yesterday to help firefighters after the fire broke out at 2:00pm (AEST).
The blaze had cut off access to the walking track at the headland and at the height of the fire it was feared tourists may have been trapped.
However, all people have been accounted for. One firefighter has been treated for minor burns.
Authorities had warned that if anyone was stuck in the area they could seek shelter at the lighthouse, where there was a clearing from the scrub.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

NEW BEGINNINGS - New York City Ballet



New York City Ballet presents NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12, 2013.
Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film
captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon's
After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a
tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.

Spiegel Im Spiegel by Arvo Part
with kind permission of Universal Edition AG Vienna
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon

Maria Kowroski
Ask la Cour

Directed by Davi Russo
Edited by Tim Zeigler
Produced by Radical Media
Executive Produced by Gregg Carlesimo
Executive Produced by Maya Brewster
Produced by Logan Luchsinger

Developed in collaboration with DDB New York
© 2013 New York City Ballet, Inc.

New York City Ballet on September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, the New York City Ballet was on a European tour that
had taken the company from Edinburgh, Scotland to Athens, Greece and finally
to Parma, Italy, where the company was scheduled to perform as part of the
Verdi Festival at the Teatro Reggio that evening. As news of the events
unfolding at home in New York began to make its way to the dancers of the
New York City Ballet, the sense of fear and loss became more and more
overwhelming, and Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins ultimately decided to
cancel the evening's performance.

By curtain time, the sold-out audience had arrived at the Teatro Reggio, and
stood in silence and mourned with the Company and the rest of the world.
Martins addressed the audience from the stage, saying "We came here to
dance, it is what we do, but our hearts are breaking and it is simply not
possible for us to perform this evening. But we will be back tomorrow, and we
will be honored to perform for all of you then."

NYCB did perform at the Teatro Reggio the following evening, September 12th,
2001, and 12 years to the day after, New York City Ballet offers NEW
BEGINNINGS, which features an international team of collaborators, including
director Davi Russo who was born and raised in New York City, British
choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, American dancer Maria Kowroski, Danish
dancer Ask la Cour, and a ballet set to a score by the Estonian composer Arvo
Part, which provides a moving backdrop to a film of profound and powerful

Breaking News: Barrenjoey Headland on Fire


Officially uncontrolled, but to me it doesn't seem to be too bad (the lighthouse 
doesn't seem to be threatened). I'll post more of my photos tomorrow...

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