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May 3, 2021 7:43 PM   Subscribe

Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online. The list is a tiny bit UK-centric, but if you have other online performances you'd like to recommend, that would be excellent :).
posted by storybored (10 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you so much for this! Can’t wait to watch many of these. For more dance films and taped performances:
Alvin Ailey has released a number of full length performances online:
The film “Pina” is gorgeous and available on Amazon Prime and possibly Kanopy as part of the Criterion Collection
Movement (R)Evolution Africa (available on Kanopy) is a documentary about contemporary dance across the African continent and it is stunning
The Joyce Theater in NYC also has a list of streaming performances, classes, and more:

And just a plug to pay/support working artists and your local performance art spaces!
posted by sleepingwithcats at 9:08 PM on May 3 [3 favorites]

My favourite quarantine discovery from this list was Gandini’s incomparable physical theatrics. Their shows Smashed (@Peacock), Twenty Twenty and Cløwns and Queens are currently still free to stream.
posted by progosk at 11:04 PM on May 3 [3 favorites]

For USAians who are eligible, join TDF, who do such good work in NYC and the surrounding area's theater space.

They have discounted online event tix, as well as the beginning of in-person tix.
posted by lalochezia at 11:46 PM on May 3 [1 favorite]

Also, NT Live/NT at home is a fucking treasure
posted by lalochezia at 11:47 PM on May 3 [4 favorites]

Seconding the articles recommendation of BBC iPlayer's Lights Up series. I've watched all but one of them now and the standard is very high. Harm and Sadie were my personal favourites, for what that's worth.
posted by Paul Slade at 12:38 AM on May 4 [1 favorite] presents recorded and live theater and dance, based in Chile but includes performers from Latin America and the rest of the world. Mostly in Spanish.
posted by signal at 6:22 AM on May 4 [1 favorite]

I haven't watched the video, but the Goodman's 70s-urban-decay-set production of Measure for Measure was terrific live. It's streaming free through May 9.
posted by HeroZero at 8:34 AM on May 4 [1 favorite]

I randomly stumbled upon some performances at a few days ago.
posted by batter_my_heart at 12:03 AM on May 5

I've tried watching theatre performances streamed online, and it just doesn't do it for me. The immersion you get, from sitting in a dark theatre with nothing to distract you from the play itself, that's just something I don't get from watching on the TV at home, and I find it really makes the whole experience second-rate no matter how fine the staging and performance are.
So I'm looking forward to my local theatres and concert halls reopening, but will be skipping the streaming.
posted by vincebowdren at 2:48 AM on May 6

I agree, but the streamed performances are still a great deal better than no theatre at all.
posted by Paul Slade at 8:34 AM on May 6

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