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:
Ballet/Dance Performances Ongoing:
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
Pop-Up Ballet from Principal Ballet, Reston. March 16-20
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.
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)
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)
by Melinda Lopez
•Hosted by Andrea Lyman
by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Based on novel by Peter Benchley
•Hosted by David Reiffel
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
•Hosted by Andrea Lyman
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 5 1 PM: Shakespeare in Detroit will host a live abbreviated reading of Taming of the Shrew
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.
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.
Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets (His Twitter feed)
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.
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 blo.org/norma and classicalwcrb.com and accessible for the next month.
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
Acoustic, GuitarSaturday, 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
Peter will be livestreaming HERE at 7pm EDT
Singer/Songwriter, Fiddle, Folk Pop
Paris Opera is screening select performances (including Swan Lake) online free
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Live Streaming on its Youtube Channel
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.
First a few more videos from artists around the world:
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.
Insideout Literary Arts/Citywide Poets have daily writing prompts and a virtual poetry slam every Saturday from 3-4 PM.
Resources for Artists
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
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.