Digital access to dance

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 5/21/2020, midnight
In April we shared this: COVID-19 has crippled the dance world in an unconscionable way, but balancing the struggle, the ...
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In April we shared this: COVID-19 has crippled the dance world in an unconscionable way, but balancing the struggle, the dance goes on. Many venues have turned to digital ways of gathering to support the artists that were programmed for March, April and into the summer. Performers and some companies have also moved to the virtual platform to share their work. Most online presentations are free, but some ask for financial support. Again, below are venues, performers and companies that continue to keep their online programming updated, but there are also some new additions that include Zoom-inspired performances.

Featured this month is the first ever digital DanceAfrica. For the 43rd annual DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest African dance festival—BAM celebrates DanceAfrica through digital public programming. It launched on May 14, with offerings that include conversations with DanceAfrica creatives and members of the Council of Elders, online dance classes, streams of past performances, surprises and other programs that will bring the DanceAfrica community together in their homes. And, for the first time in its history, the popular DanceAfrica bazaar will go digital with an online marketplace. Get programming access here: https://www.bam.org/danceafrica2020 and access to the Virtual Marketplace here - https://www.bam.org/bazaar

SOME VENUES:

Abrons Arts Centers is now streaming full-length performances from past seasons. Get access here: https://vimeo.com/abronsartsctr

All Arts is a new streaming site through WNET, the partner company of New York’s PBS, and offers a mix of dance and other events. Get access here: https://allarts.org/genre/dance/

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is offering “Ailey All Access” featuring a weekly series that broadcasts full-length works from their expansive repertory, Ailey Extension dance and fitness classes, original short films created by the Ailey dancers and more. Get access here: https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access

The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance’s “Virtually BAAD!” series aims to re-imagine programming and have charged artists to present work on a virtual platform so audiences can experience it on their computers or phones. Get access here: http://www.baadbronx.org/virtually-baad-.html

Baryshnikov Art Center is offering “PlayBAC” featuring a weekly video series from their 15-year archive of live performances and so much more. Get access here:

https://bacnyc.org/performances/performance/playbac

The Chocolate Factory is sharing full performances of past presentations on their website. Get access here: www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

The Joyce Theatre’s “Bring Dance Home” and their “JoyceStream” invites audiences to view their “…selection of international and homegrown performances available for streaming. After you tune in to the show, join our Artist Talkback, a discussion series bringing choreographers and collaborators together to share more about their creative processes, moderated by Joyce staff,” according to the release. Get access here: https://www.joyce.org/engage/joycestream

LaMama is partnering with CultureHub for livestream events of select productions on Howlround Theatre Commons. Get access here: http://lamama.org/livestreams/

New York Live Arts is sharing “(RE) Live Arts Streaming” featuring a new batch of content from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Live Arts archives every Thursday. Get access here: https://newyorklivearts.org/programs/streaming/

The Guggenheim is offering “Works & Process,” a series that takes a new look online, giving access to past presentations in the Rotunda and new virtual commissions created at home by artists. Get access here: https://www.guggenheim.org/event/event_series/works-process

SOME ARTISTS:

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – Brown writes, “…Our tour plans and performances may have been cancelled, but that doesn't mean we can't share an experience in the virtual theater.” Get access here: https://www.camilleabrown.org/covid19

The Feath3r Theory’s Raja Feather Kelly, says, “Starting in June through the summer we will be doing once a week conversations with the artist community: sharing the process of our work, sharing reading lists, videos, and classes to get people moving, thinking, and shaking.” Get access here: http://thefeath3rtheory.com/mailing-list