An ever-expanding list of dance, music, and opera available through streaming.

Please send me more ideas through the comments

Theatres/groups that are streaming dance and opera and concerts (this list will be updated as I hear of more):

On May 28, The Mark Morris Dance Group will livestream an online event premiering four short videodances by Mark Morris, choreographed and rehearsed entirely via Zoom videoconference. The free event will be streamed Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm ET. The streamed event is free but in order to watch you must register via email to receive a personal link to the live stream. To register, visit:

New York City Ballet is broadcasting ballets from its repertory through May 29, on its YouTube channel, Facebook page and website. On May 26, the company will feature the delightful Donizetti Variations, led by Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette. And on the 29th, the last day, the program will be a mixed bill: Justin Peck’s Easy, set to music by Leonard Bernstein, along with excerpts from six other ballets:

-Pam Tanowitz’ Bartók Ballet, her first work for NYCB, featuring Indiana Woodward in the 2019 world premiere performance

-Alexei Ratmansky’s Voices, his latest work for NYCB, featuring Lauren Lovette in the 2020 world premiere performance

-Gianna Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday, her first work for NYCB as the youngest choreographer commissioned in the company’s history, in the 2017 world premiere performance

-Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway, his first work for NYCB, featuring Taylor Stanley, who received a 2019 Bessie Award for this role

-Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing, featuring Peck and Robert Fairchild in the 2017 world premiere performance

-Mauro Bigonzetti’s Oltremare, set to a commissioned score by Bruno Moretti

Each program will be available for 72 hours after it premieres on NYCB’s website, Facebook, and YouTube pages.

I recommend accessing from the website:

Sara Mearns and Jonathan Stafford in Diamonds ©Paul Kolnik


On Wednesdays at 5pm, Wendy Whelan will be offering a movement class on the company’s Instagram page


Choreographed by Farley to traditional spirituals and new songs created by current inmates at San Quentin State Prison who, through the podcast Ear Hustle, contributed music for the performance, he is joined by dancers Cassia Farley, Rachel Hutsell, James Shee, Taylor Stanley, Claire Kretzschmar, and Alizah Wilson; and soprano Kelly Griffin, and tenor Robert May. Songs from the Spirit was created in collaboration with Ear Hustle from PRX’s Radiotopia.

So it is also on your radar, the next dance MLA digital premiere will be Nrityagram: Samhāra Revisited on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, in collaboration with The Chitrasena Dance Company, performed Samhāra Revisited at The Temple of Dendur in October 2018.


The Castleton Festival is streaming Derrick Wang’s new opera Scalia / Ginsburg

The Royal Danish Ballet is broadcasting Petipa’s Raymonda and John Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly opera streams. The coming week includes Verdi’s Ernani with Ferruccio Furlanetto (May 26), Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Renata Scotto and Plácido Domingo (May 27), and Strauss’s Salome, starring Karita Mattila (May 31).

The Royal Ballet is streaming Cathy Marston’s The Cellist May 24-Oct. 8


On the week of May 30-June 4, Lincoln Center At Home will be offering a cornucopia of dance at, including performances by Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Here’s the schedule:

Sat 5/30 at 2pm:         Ballet Hispánico

Sat 5/30 at 8pm:         A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New York City Ballet

Sun 5/31 at 8pm:        tba, American Ballet Theatre

Mon 6/1 at 7pm:          The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration

Tue 6/2 at 8pm:           Coppélia, New York City Ballet

Wed 6/3 at 8pm:         Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet

Thu 6/4 at 8pm:           Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


The Merce Cunningham Trust is launching a very exciting online initiative, offering streams of Cunningham dances performed around the world during the Cunningham centennial last year. These include the spine-tingling Sounddance performed by the Ballet de Lorraine (May 4-31), Tread performed by the Stephen Petronio Company (May 18-June 14), Scramble performed by NYTB/Chamber Works (June 22-July 19), Beach Birds performed by CNDC (July 13-August 19) and Summerspace performed by Lyon Opera Ballet (Jul 20-August 16).

All can be accessed through the Trust’s Vimeo page

An image from “Beach Birds”


St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater  is broadcasting opera and ballet. Coming up: Giselle and Ratmansky’s Little Humpbacked Horse.

The Joyce Theater  has begun transmitting works by companies who have performed there in the past or should be performing there now.  Malpaso Dance, an up-and-coming Cuban company, is currently on tap, and May 25-28 it will feature the Tap Family Reunion. Then after that, the two films by the Danish director Signe Roderik will be shown on May 29-June 1 and June 1-4. The first focuses on the art of balletic mime, a Danish specialty. And the second, When I Dance, is an extremely moving portrait of two students at the Royal Danish Ballet school.


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company will stream Camille A. Brown’s City of Rain May 21-28, and Battle’s The Hunt May 28-June 4.


The Paris Opéra has a large online offering, including Boris Godunov, directed by Ivo Van Hove and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (with Ildar Abdrazakov as Boris) May 25-31. And La Bohème, directed by Claus Guth, June 8-14. Some of these broadcasts can only be seen in France, unless you have a VPN.


On May 7-10, Stuttgart Ballet will broadcast Edward Clug’s Patterns in 3/4 , followed by John Cranko’s Initials R.B.M.E.  on May 14-17.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, the Martha Graham Dance Company will be broadcasting archival footage on its YouTube channel. May 5-9 will be devoted to Graham’s Chronicle, with a program that includes archival footage and a full performance from last August. May 13-16 is features Herodiade. May 20-27 is devoted to Letter to the World. June 3-6: Primitive Mysteries, and June 19-20: Clytemnestra.

Trisha Brown Dance Company has posted Brown’s uber-80’s-uber-cool 1983 work Set and Reset

This week, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is streaming a rare filming of Paul Taylor’s 1966 work From Sea to Shining Sea, filmed in 2014, on thd occasion of the company’s 60th anniversary.

The company is also streaming a behind-the-scenes video of Taylor alumni gathering to discuss and rehearse the work

“Dancemaker,” an excellent documentary on Paul Taylor, is also available

Dancemaker (1998)

Ballet Hispanico is hosting watch parties around various pieces from its repertory

On Wednesday April 29, Ballet Hispanico will hold a Facebook Watch Party of Tiburones by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is now streaming performances from its archives, including the powerful flamenco dancer Rocío Molina’s 2014 appearance with the singer Rosario “La Tremendita”

The excellent Perm Opera and Ballet is broadcasting concerts, opera, and ballet, including  Jerome Robbins’ The Seasons and Le Corsaire and La Sylphide.

Lincoln Center is offering a whole slew of performances, including chamber music, an evening of flamenco with Soledad Barrio, and Copland’s Appalachian spring

NYTB, formerly known as New York Theatre Ballet, is streaming works from its repertory, including Merce Cunningham’s Scramble:

For more, go to the company’s Vimeo page:

Performances from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia are here:

More dance, from The Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering several of its concerts online, including a 1967 concert of excerpts of the Götterdämmerung (more Wagner!) here:

The Teatro La Fenice is broadcasting productions on its YouTube channel. Right now, they have Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso and Rossini’s Semiramide, among other things on there.

The Teatro Regio in Turin is broadcasting operas on its YouTube channel, including Carmen, Nabucco, and Un Italiana in Algeri

Ballet Flanders is streaming Benjamin Millepied’s Bach Studies (haven’t seen it, can’t vouch for it):

The Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo (wonderful dancers) is streaming its shows

New York Live Arts is streaming works by Bill T. Jones and others on its YouTube page

The Teatro Regio di Parma is streaming its Verdi Festival. April 1, Macbeth, with its excellent demonstration of hand-washing.


The Dutch National Opera and Ballet have set up an online portal on which they are currently streaming Coppelia and a Hans van Manen evening.

Béjart Ballet Lausanne is streaming Béjart’s Magic Flute and other ballets

Teatro Comunale di Bologna is streaming both opera and ballet on its YouTube channel. March 29: Swan Lake:

The Teatro Massimo in Palermo offers opera via this link:

The Teatro San Carlo in Naples offers both opera and ballet through its Facebook page:

Only available in Europe:

Dance Films

Alla Kovgan’s stunning “Cunningham” film is now available for streaming


Ballet Classes with Sam Black of Mark Morris Dance Group

Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet offers a daily class at 1pm EST on Instagram


Streaming ballet classes from Ballet Academy East (the studio in NY I normally go to)

Ballet classes with Tamara Rojo of English National Ballet:


Companies or groups I’m less or not at all familiar with:

Michelle Brangwen Dance Ensemble








The Season Rolls On…

Ratmansky’s “Odessa” is back at NYCB for just a few performances. I wasn’t allowed to review it last season because I’d watched a couple of rehearsals (company policy). So I was glad to revisit the ballet—which caused some controversy—and get to think about it again.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz, Odessa. Photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet held a gala evening with premieres of dances by young choreogarphers. I particularly enjoyed Justin Peck’s new “Pulcinella Variations,” his first stab at a real “classical” ballet. My review is here.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

I got to watch Julio Bocca and Alessandra as they coached a group of students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in a scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a ballet they danced together countless times. I wrote about it for the New Yorker Culture Blog.

Teen-age dance students at a ballet workshop led by the former stars Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri, in New York City.


‘Tis the Season

Dance season arrived last week with a vengeance. Suddenly there is just too much to see, too much to choose from! Here are a few of the things I’ve caught around town:

  1. Twyla Tharp at the Joyce
Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright in The Raggedy Dances at ANTA Theatre (1972). © William Pierce



Here’s my review.

2.Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis’s “A Love Supreme,” at New York Live Arts

Rosas in A Love Supreme. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Here’s my review.

3. The New York City Ballet fall gala, with works by Troy Schumacher, Gianna Reisen, Lauren Lovette and Justin Peck

Indiana Woodward in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Here’s my review. 

This is a portrait of Breanna O’Mara (by Claudia Kempf) of Breanna O’Mara, part of a new generation of dancers who are beginning to fill the ranks at Tantzheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. A full 15 of the 36 dancer joined after Pina’s death. This week, the company is coming to BAM to perform Café Müller and The Rite of Spring. (O’Mara will dance Pina’s role in Café Müller 9/19-20.) For the Times, I spoke with O’Mara, the legendary Nazareth Panadero, and Tsai-Chin Yu about what it’s like to dance these works after Pina.

See link here.