Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
So she left the Bolshoi, the storied company whose name is synonymous with ballet, with its gilded theatres just blocks from the Kremlin, uprooted her life and moved to Amsterdam, where she joined the DutchNationalBallet...Olga Smirnova at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam.
BalletHispánico continued the discovery ... Now Vilaro is just the second artistic director in Ballet Hispánico's history ... But in 2009 he rejoined Ballet Hispánico after Ramirez's retirement ... In 2016 the ballet company’s costumes and floors were ravaged when a major water main burst on AmsterdamAvenue and flooded the studio.
Polina Chepik has just finished her third day at DutchNationalBalletAcademy. She has just traveled for five days by many modes of transportation get safely from Kyiv, Ukraine to Amsterdam... Polina Chepik at Academie voor Theater en Dans, or Dutch National Ballet Academy, in Amsterdam ... Polina Chepik has come to Amsterdam with very little.
In a move likely to shake up the ballet world, Smirnova, 30, on Wednesday announced that she had joined the DutchNationalBallet in Amsterdam, becoming one of the most significant Russian cultural figures to leave ...
A leading Bolshoi prima ballerina, who recently denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine, is leaving the country to join DutchNationalBallet... Her first role with the company will be appearing in the ballet classic Raymonda, which will premiere on 3 April in Amsterdam.
From StatelessRefugee to InternationalBalletStar. A Memoir in which world-renowned ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh shares his story of growing up in the Al-Yarmouk camp in Syria, a stateless refugee descended from Palestinians who fled war in the 1940s, and his determination to overcome life-or-death circumstances to achieve his dreams.