Creative Times

While theaters and clubs are shuttered, artists are finding new ways for us to be “alone together” as singer-songwriter Will Hoppey is calling his regular dining room “tour.”

As my second career is ballet master class tours, I started out to make a list of virtual ballet classes offered by our studios. It turns out someone else is doing that quite well. (The best way to find out about upcoming virtual ballet classes and to discuss logistics with other teachers and students is the “Virtual Ballet” Facebook group.)

But I wanted to put together a list of some of the arts offerings that are out there in the virtual world. Many of your favorite artists and arts organizations are making classes and shows available during this time, but my personal favorites are the low tech creations by sidelined artists stuck in their houses who want to reach out to the rest of us stuck in our own houses. People are reaching out all over the world with their senses of humor intact. I’m uplifted by all of the creativity and desire for connection on display.

I love this one from the dancers of the Moissiev Ballet Ensemble.

Ballet dancer Danil Simkin also has some funny quarantine videos on his Facebook page.

Here are some of the other things that I’ve compiled for your streaming pleasure and edification:

Ballet/Dance Performances Upcoming:

March 27, 7PM GMT (3 PM Eastern Time) Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

April 17 7 PM BST (2 PM Eastern Time) Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Ballet/Dance Performances Ongoing:

Boston Ballet has released video of dress rehearsals for its delayed performances

Ballet and Dance Classes

ProBallet Ilya Kuznetsov’s Youtube/Instagram channel has online classes every day. Here’s one featuring Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov of the Bolshoi Ballet.

CLI Studios. Free live dance classes

Dance Center of San Antonio. Register for online classes, with corrections.

Louisville Ballet Facebook Live Streaming Classes, March 13-April 5.

  • 3/15 12:30 -1:00 pm Intermediate Ballet Barre
  • 3/18 6:00 – 6:30 pm Pilates
  • 3/21 11:00 – 11:30 am Beginning Ballet Barre

Visit their web page for more information.

Pop-Up Ballet from Principal Ballet, Reston.  March 16-20
Free streaming Ballet class perfect for kids under 7 at 10:35 AM.

Ballet with Rebecca Lemme. Video of 40 minute barre class.

Debbie Allen has been offering a series of classes. Follow her Twitter for announcements of upcoming events.

Broadway alum Tommy Bracco (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Newsies)
launches #QuarantineCombo, a dance video series on Youtube.

Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit have the hashtag #Livingroomdance going on their social media. Share your home routines.

Ballet/Dance Resources:

Dance Magazine’s list of virtual classes.

Dance Spirit magazine has put together a list of online classes. 

Pointe Magazine’s List of Online Dance Courses (Mostly for a fee)

Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online

Theater/Film Performances Upcoming:

March 24-29: 58th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival  The festival will be live streaming its entire program for free!

March 22-April 2: Boston’s ReelAbilities Film Festival
(running March 22 through April 2), devoted to films about people with
disabilities, will also be presenting movies and discussions online for

March 26-29: Apollinaire Theater Company (Massachusetts) is doing a series of free interactive online play & film script reading gathering (by video mAeeting). You can to become part of the show — from a safe social distance.  Download and read the script, choose your favorite
parts and, if your name is drawn, you become part of the production or just sit and watch if you wish. Tentative Schedule

Thurs. March 26, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)

Sonia Flew

by Melinda Lopez

•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Friday March 27, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)


by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on novel by Peter Benchley

•Hosted by David Reiffel

Saturday March 28, 7:30 (gather 7:00-7:30)

Out of Sterno

By Deborah Zoe Laufer

•Hosted by Andrea Lyman

Sunday March 29, 3:00 (gather 2:30-3:00)

Dr. Stragelove

By Stanley Kubrick & Terry Southern, Based on the novel “Red Alert” by Peter George

•Hosted by David Reiffel

March 27-29: Botton Dog Theater Company has made the one man show A Wilde Fan availalbe on Youtube.

April 3 7PM BST (2 PM Eastern) Acis and Galatea, Royal Opera on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

April 5 1 PM: Shakespeare in Detroit will host a live abbreviated reading of Taming of the Shrew

April 10, 7 PM BST (2 PM Eastern) Cosi fan tutte Royal Opera  on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

April 11 7:15 PM (Not clear what time zone) Royal Shakespeare Company and Marquee TV are teaming up for a Twelfth Night Online Premiere Watch Party.

Theater/Film Ongoing:


National Theatre (London)is streaming a free play every Thursday at 7PM GMT.

The Show Must Go On Online will be streaming all of Shakespeare’s plays in order

Theater without Theater (Instagram) is posting everything from songs from canceled productions to full performances.

Center for Puppetry is offering a regular series of streaming shows and puppet making workshops see their web page for upcoming dates.

Cinema Detroit is hosting virtual screenings of indie films. Buy a ticket and they’ll send you a link to stream.

Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch from Home

Helen Mirren reads Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets (His Twitter feed)

Marquee TV
offers a 30 Day free trial of its streaming service with performances by
the Bolshoi, Royal Shakespeare Company and Classic Spring Theater
Company’s Oscar Wilde season.

Corona Virus Theater Club. Linking writers and actors to produce streaming content.

Playbill has a regular feature going of new videos put out by sidelined actors.

The Guardian has a list of its choices for the best streaming options


Talking Shorts, an online magazine devoted to short films, has organized the My Darling Quarantine Online Film Festival.
Each week, the site will host seven shorts curated by the international
film community on the theme of of “dystopia.” Vote on your favorites, and if you’re able, donate to the GoFundMe the site has set up to support both Medecins Sans Frontiers and cultural workers who have been impacted by the various shutdowns.

Music Upcoming


March 28, 8 p.m. Boston Artists Ensemble presents French Connection

March 29, 3 PM.  Boston Lyric Opera’s Norma Free on Demand starting March 29.

Norma, starring Elena Stikhina, conducted by Music Director David Angus, which was shuttered due to the health crisis, will be available for Free
On Demand audio streaming on the websites and and accessible for the next month.

Other Genres

Club Passim (Massachusetts) is streaming a series of concerts in upcoming days, mostly singer/songwriters.

Thursday, 3/26 – Zachariah Hickman’s Parlor of PlayfulnessZachariah will be livestreaming HERE at 8pm EDT

Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Friday, 3/27 – Trace BundyTrace will be livestreaming HERE at 3pm EDT
Acoustic, Guitar
Saturday, 3/25 – Matt Smith’s 50th Birthday Watch Party Set 1“Rebroadcast” from Feb. 12th!

We’ll be hosting a watch party on FaceBook at 6pm EDT 
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Celtic 

Sunday, 3/29 – Peter Mulvey
Peter will be livestreaming HERE at 7pm EDT
Singer/Songwriter, Fiddle, Folk Pop

Music Ongoing


The Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly live streaming. 

Paris Opera is screening select performances (including Swan Lake) online free

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live Streaming on its Youtube Channel

Boston Symphony Orchestra At Home

Pianist Igor Levit presents daily (or nearly so) Hauskonzerte via Twitter

Operawire’s list of opera companies offering free livestreams

London Symphony Orchestra performance archive (new concerts streamed every Sunday and Thursday)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Digital Concert Hall, free access if you register before March 31 (voucher code: BERLINPHIL)

Fred Hirsch, pianist and composer, is livestreaming a free mini-concert from his home every day at 1 PM on Facebook.

Other Music

First a few more videos from artists around the world:

Virtual Music Events Directory

Broadway World Living Room Concerts

Rufus Wainwright Livestreaming Daily

Mary Chapin Carpenter is doing songs from her kitchen on Facebook

Will Hoppey, NY Singer-Songwriter, is holding regular living room gigs. See his Facebook page for times and dates.

Virtual Corner Club
I’ve created an interactive Spotify List where you can share the music of some of your favorite local artists whose gigs have been canceled during social distancing. Add the music of the folks you’d been going out to see on the weekend (please no more than three tracks by any one
artist) and share the list. We can all discover some great new artists.


Lunch Doodles with Kennedy Center Artist in Residence Mo Williams 

Google’s Interactive Frida Khalo Exhibit

Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums 

My Modern Met’s List of “Eclectic” Online Exhibits 

Online Art Challenges

10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online


Unemployed NYC Booksellers launch online bookstore 

David Williams releasing a free children’s audiobook every day for 30 days

Resources from Children’s Literature Authors
Looking for something useful to do during distancing? The New York Public Library needs volunteers to correct computer transcriptions of oral histories.

Insideout Literary Arts/Citywide Poets have daily writing prompts and a virtual poetry slam every Saturday from 3-4 PM.


Taxi Magazine’s list of celebrity streaming concerts and classes

Virtual Field Trips

Resources for Artists

Springboard list of Emergency Resources for Artists 

Article on How Musicians Can Ask Fans for Support 

Large List of Resources for Opportunities and Relief for Freelancers 

Creative Capital’s List of Artist Resources

Backstage Magazine has listings
for paid voice over jobs that can be done remotely. To get access to
the application pages you must be a paid subscriber.

Robert Rauschenberg Emergency Grants.  An emergency grant program that provides one-time grants of up to $5,000
for medical or dental emergencies.  The grants are available to visual
and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the United
States or U.S. Territories.

Michigan Music Alliance has created a fund to help musicians

Emergency Grants for Museum Curators

Of course, this is just the stuff that has been coming across my radar. I’ll keep you posted as I find out about more.

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