An ever-expanding list of dance available through streaming.
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The Ailey Spirit Gala will take place on June 11 at 7:30. It will include virtual performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, AileyCamp and other guests. You can register here:
Dance Theater of Harlem is broadcasting its historic production, Creole Giselle, on its YouTube page. The star of this important staging, in which the action has been moved from the Alps to a community of free blacks in the Louisiana of the 1840’s, is the elegant Virginia Johnson. The idea was Arthur Mitchell’s, and the staging was by Frederick Franklin. The production, which dates from 1984, hasn’t been seen in decades. Wouldn’t it be great if DTH could stage it again?
Saturday 20 June: Return, by DHT resident choreographer Robert Garland, his homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
Saturday 27 June: Balamouk, choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. This is a colourful and vibrant piece of dancing, infused with the spirit of magic realism, and set to kletzmer music, a traditional genre of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe
Saturday 11 July: Fifty Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Guggenheim. This is a celebratory mixed bill, including works by Arthur Mitchell and Robert Garland
Saturday 18 July: Coming Together, by the Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, an intense work set to a driving score by Frederic Rzewski, overlaid with phrases from a letter by a man killed during the Attica prison riot.
Saturday 25 July: Dougla, choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
The choreographer Alonzo King has created the first of five dance videos with dancers from his company LINES, entitled, There is No Standing Still. You can see it here:
Alonzo King: “There is No Standing Still”
The Works & Process series is commissioning short dance videos from a wide spectrum of dancemakers. So far, I’ve been impressed by Jamar Roberts’ Cooped, Dance Heginbotham’s Caprices, and Caleb Teicher’s Thank You Central Park. More are coming online all the time.
Miami City Ballet is kicking off a new series of online offerings, starting with its new Firebird, on May 29 at 8pm. After that, it’s Justin Peck’s Heatscape on June 12, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs on June 26, and Symphonic Dances on July 10.
So it is also on your radar, the next dance Metropolitan Museum 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 Royal Ballet is streaming Cathy Marston’s The Cellist May 24-Oct. 8
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).
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 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 June 11-14, Stuttgart Ballet will broadcast John Cranko’s Concerto for Flute and Harp
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
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:
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