GLOBAL PERFORMANCE SERIES: Virtual venues during COVID-19

A performance resource compiled by Travis Coe

Tanztheater Wuppertal’s Rite of Spring. Choreography by Pina Bausch.

In mid-March I had hoped that by mid-April we might be back to our jobs, playing games at the park together, at a bar with our friends, going dancing and watching live performances at the many thousands of venues around the world. It looks like we will be spending a lot more time than that at our homes and physical distancing.

Around the world, theater, dance and music performances have been canceled. As a response, over the past couple of weeks or so, performing arts companies have been streaming performances, readings, etc. Creating for us theatergoers many virtual venues. Many are free. In this compilation of virtual venues, I will only be sharing work that you don’t have to pay for. Some will only be available for a day, others till the pandemic doesn’t force us to be isolated and some have been online for months and years. If you do have the resources and enjoy the work there are many ways to donate to companies during this time.

Right now during these scary and uncertain times one of the biggest gifts is that we get to see performances we might never be able to see due to international travel, resources, time, money, etc. Two weeks ago, I decided that I must do the work of the theatre and dance gods and goddesses and share with my friends daily what opportunities you have to see performance art from the USA and around the globe. I have been creating a list and archiving work for years and now I want to share my findings with you. I have been using my Facebook to share about 3 performances a day from around the world and now I am creating this medium article to share a larger pool of performances that you can view. You can check my Facebook for daily updates or come here as I keep adding more performances. This is an opportunity to see things we may never be able to see.

Much love, health and great watching to all,
Travis Coe
(April 12, 2020)

Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch (Wuppertal, Germany)

Although we cannot perform on stage, we want you to experience the pieces of Pina Bausch.

The Pina Bausch Foundation offers a full-length film version of Palermo Palermo on their website. Watch the film.

Pina (2011 Film by Wim Wenders)

With English Subtitles

Rite of Spring

Cafe Müller

Barbe Bleue

Orpheus und Eurydike — Part 1

Orpheus und Eurydike — Part 2

Ivo Van Hove (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Ivo van Hove is a Belgian theatre director known as the artistic director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) in the Netherlands and for his Off-Broadway avant-garde experimental theatre productions. On Broadway, he has directed productions of A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, Network, and West Side Story.

Opening Night

Dutch language with no subtitles

La voix humaine (The Human Voice)

Dutch language with no subtitles

Don Giovanni

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park Production (New York City, New York)

Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event held at the Delacorte Theater featuring large scale productions of famous works. Since its inception over 45 years ago, the Theater has hosted over five million people from across the globe.

Much Ado About Nothing

English language with no subtitles

Kiss Me, Petruchio: 1981 Documentary — Part 1 & 2

English language with no subtitles

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin, Germany)

During the cessation of gaming operations, we will provide you with an online replacement schedule, which includes television recordings of productions from all decades since the Schaubühne was founded until today, from 12:30–6pm EST. You can find an overview of the program here.

Hedda Gabler

German language with no subtitles

Richard III

German language with French subtitles.

Blasted

German language with no subtitles

Die Bakchen

German language with French Subtitles

New York Live Arts (New York City, New York)

New York Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transcends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit.

Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant (2017)

Story/ (2013)

Jack Ferver’s EVERYTHING IS IMAGINABLE

Ballet Hispánico (New York City, New York)

Ballet Hispánico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot“ (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best….Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

Find more #LincolnCenterAtHome content: LincolnCenter.org.

CARMEN.MAQUIA (2012) and CLUB HAVANA (2000)

Tito on Timbales

EL BESO

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre (New York City, New York)

For a limited time, Ailey is thrilled to share full length videos of the Company performing on stage! Ailey All Access brings the performances that would have been seen during Ailey’s National Tour direct to you.

THE INCONVENIENCE & The New Colony (Chicago, IL)

B­Side Studio was a riff on classic television sitcoms of the 1970s. Written and created by Ike Holter and Evan Linder, directed by Nicholas J. Carroll, Andrew Hobgood, and Gus Menary, this 8 episode series was presented as a part of the Performance Studies Program at the University of Chicago. John Cicora composed music for the project, including the show’s theme song.

B-Side Studio — Episodes 1–8

Bangarra Dance Theatre (Sydney, Australia)

Bangarra Dance Theatre is acclaimed worldwide for its authentic storytelling, distinctive voice and moving performances…..Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry and passion of the country’s most outstanding dancers. With its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design, Bennelong will leave you in awe of Australia’s history — and its power to repeat.

More from our Digital Season: https://soh.online/Digital-Season

Warumuk — In the Dark Night

Orchres

Opéra national du Rhin | (Strasbourg, France via Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Opéra national du Rhin presents Astor Piazzolla’s opera-tango: Maria de Buenos Aires. An Argentinian team is in charge of this creation: Matias Tripodi for the choreography and the sets, and Nicolas Agullo in the direction of the Orchestra. This opera retraces the story of the beautiful Maria falling under the spell of Buenos Aires, the “queen of the Rio de la Plata”.

Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires

Spanish language with English, Italian, Polish, French Subtitles

National Theatre Home (London, England)

The plays streaming for free on YouTube were filmed live on stage by National Theatre Live which is the broadcast arm of the National Theatre. We capture some of the best British plays and share them to cinema screens around the world. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taiwan, Asia)

Cloud Gate Dance Theater is a modern dance group based in Taiwan, the first of its kind in Taiwan and Asia. It was founded by choreographer Lin Hwai-min in 1973, and later he shared its management with his late protégé, Lo Man-fei, a renowned choreographer in her own right.

Songs of the Wanderers

Legacy

Théâtre du Soleil | Ariane Mnouchkine (Paris, France)

In this period of confinement, we have decided to provide teachers, students and all those who wish access to our films and documentaries.

By following this link to our Viméo channel , you can already see or re-watch Molière , Le Dernier Caravansérail (Odyssées) , 1789 , Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir, L’Histoire terrible but unfinished by Norodom Sihanouk, king of Cambodia ( Khmer version), A Sun in Kabul… or rather two!, A circle of connoisseurs, Oceania
We are currently working on putting our other films online.

1789

French language with no subtitles

MOLIÈRE

French language with no subtitles

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company (2003–2016) was a theater company whose mission was to produce shows written and directed by Young Jean Lee.

The Shipment

English language with no subtitles

Lear

English language with no subtitles

MANUAL CINEMA (Chicago, IL)

MANUAL CINEMA ON DEMAND! During this uncertain time, we are grateful to be able to offer our audiences access to some of our work when live performance is not possible. For the first time ever, Manual Cinema will be offering video streaming of two performances, Ada/Ava and The Magic City, free of charge. They are available for streaming on our website for a limited two week run, now through April 19th.

Nederlands Dans Theater (The Hague, Netherlands)

NDTV, a free online streaming-series with NDT ballets. See which ballets we offer, on this page.

Garden

Sleepless

Wings of Wax

Petit Mort

Nowy Teatr (Warszawa, Poland)

Nowy Teatr was officially founded as a municipal artistic institution in 2008 by the mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Its newly appointed artistic director Krzysztof Warlikowski teamed up with director Karolina Ochab to create a new and daring place on the cultural map of the city. They started building an ensemble consisting of long-term collaborators and co-creators of Warlikowski’s theatre, for all of whom Nowy Teatr became a perfect artistic asylum.

(A) pollonia

Polish language with English subtitles

Burza

Polish language with English subtitles

TR Warszawa (Warszawa, Poland)

#Stay in Home, don’t leave the theater ” is an action initiated by the TR Warszawa team. Its purpose is to respond to the current epidemiological situation that prevails throughout the world.

Thanks to on-line shows of our performances with subtitles in Polish and English, viewers and viewers from Poland and abroad will be able to see the repertoire proposals of TR Warszawa. Every week we will be presenting next performances from our repertoire. Continuation of the shows will also allow us to minimize the effects of the deteriorating financial situation and living.

2007: Macbeth

Polish language with English subtitles

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (Paris, France)

For entertainment or learning, let the theater come into your home during the confinement period. We offer a series of content accessible from this page which will be regularly enriched.
-The Odéon team

L’École des femmes

French language with English subtitles

Le Misanthrope

French language with English subtitles

Une maison de poupée (A Doll’s House)

CHEEK BY JOWL (International theatre company)

Cheek by Jowl is an international theatre company founded in the United Kingdom by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod in 1981. Donnellan and Ormerod are Cheek by Jowl’s artistic directors and together direct and design all of Cheek by Jowl’s productions.

The Winter’s Tale is now available to watch at home in full.
Measure for Measure is available for public viewing until Monday 25 May 2020

Measure for Measure

Russian language with English subtitles.

The Winter’s Tale

English language with English and Spanish subtitles.

David Bobée (Mont-Saint-Aignan, France)

Da­vid Bobée’s works com­bi­ne va­ri­ous ty­pes of Arts; in his per­forman­ces the­at­re ac­tors can easi­ly co-exist with cir­cus ac­ro­bats and con­go­lese dan­cers. He starts each pro­duc­ti­on from a blank pa­ge, and he com­po­ses texts to­get­her with his ac­tors. He gi­ves ab­so­lute fre­edom to his ar­tists and cre­ates com­po­und per­forman­ces in which comp­lex tech­no­logi­es are in­se­parab­le from the po­wer­ful in­ner ener­gy of the ac­tors.

Peer Gynt

French language with no subtitles

Lucrèce Borgia

Link here: https://www.facebook.com/axesudproduction/videos/633621444146379/

Hamlet

Link Here: https://www.facebook.com/axesudproduction/videos/564809474412507/

Theater Basel (Basel, Switzerland)

Simon Stone frequently returns to the classics and mythology because he believes that they raise all the essential questions about the human condition. ‘You cannot make theatre based on fear or compromises; without polemics there is no art.’

DREI SCHWESTERN (THREE SISTERS)

German language with no subtitles

Dimitris Papaioannou (Athens, Greece)

Born in Athens in 1964, Dimitris Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and comics artist, before his focus shifted to the performing arts, as director, choreographer, performer, and designer of sets, costumes, make up, and lighting.

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INSIDE

Batsheva Dance Company/Ohad Naharin (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Performers of Batsheva Dance Company exemplify choreographer Ohad Naharin’s innovative movement research Gaga, which is informed by a heightened knowledge and self-awareness of the body.

Deca Dance

AKRAM KHAN COMPANY (London, United Kingdom)

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists of today. In just over 19 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as XENOS, Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

XENOS

English language with no subtitles

DESH

Father: Vision of the Floating World

English language with no subtitles

DUST

Hofesh Shechter Company (Jerusalem, Israel)

Another way to engage with the work right now will be connecting with the Cinedans FEST online content. Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns will be part of a special online selection from the Cinedans FEST ’20 programme on Cinedans WEB until 29 March. More information about the online programme here.

The Art of not Looking Back

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Brussels, Belgium)

In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music.

The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Rosas danst Rosas

Stopgap Dance Company (Farnham, England)

Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. We employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate.

Stopgap value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance.

EASTMAN | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Antwerp,Belgium)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Belgian dancer and choreographer. He has made over 50 choreographic pieces and received two Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer and the KAIROS Prize.

Babel 7.16

Mea Culpa

Sutra

Puzzle

STUDIO WAYNE McGREGOR (London, England)

Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE, and the home of his life-long enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It is a nexus of partners who explore movement, artistry, thought and partnership. With Wayne at its centre, this collaborative network encompasses dancers, writers, composers, producers, software engineers, visual artists, scientists and more.

Atomos

Dyad 1909

Fuerza Bruta ( Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The show originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2003, created by artistic director Diqui James and musical director and composer Gaby Kerpel. Members of the company that created Fuerza Bruta were co-creators of a previous company called De La Guarda, which presented a similar show named Villa Villa. It is a very energetic spectacle under the motto Brute Force, features interaction between the performers and the public, and is described as a 360 degree experience.

Teatr Laboratorium (Wrocław, Poland)

The best-known and most commonly used general name for Grotowski’s theatre company. The term ‘laboratory’ was officially added to the name of the Theatre of 13 Rows on 1 March 1962, shortly after the premiere of Kordian and during work on Akropolis. This addition was connected to the pivotal change in the group’s working practice that accompanied the start of methodical research on the art of acting. This signalled a gradual departure from work whose chief objective had been to satisfy the demands and needs connected with further performances in favour of moving towards a process of discovery carried out using theatrical methods that was as much concerned with the art of acting as with the possibilities of the organic development of the human being.

The Constant Prince

Polish language with no subtitles.

Acropolis

Polish language with no subtitles.

Tadeusz Kantor (Kraków, Poland)

Stage director, creator of happenings, painter, set designer, writer, art theoretician, actor in his own productions and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Born in 1915 in Wielopole Skrzyńskie, in the province of Tarnów; died in 1990 in Kraków.

Dead class

Polish language with English subtitles.

Wielopole, Wielopole

Polish language with English subtitles.

Piccolo Teatro di Milano| Giorgio Strehler (Milan, Italy)

The Piccolo Teatro was established on the 14th of May 1947 by Giorgio Strehler, Paolo Grassi and Nina Vinchi. It was the first public Italian theatre to be built in Italy, and the most popular on the national and international scene. The vision of the founders was to create an institution, supported by the central government and by local authorities (the Municipality and the Province of Milan, the Region of Lombardy), as a public service essential for the wellbeing of its citizens. The slogan that accompanied the birth of the Piccolo Teatro was “An Arts Theatre for Everyone” and this phrase still sums up the theatre’s mission today: to stage quality shows for the broadest possible audience.

The Servant of Two Masters

Italian language with no subtitles

La Tempesta

Italian language with no subtitles

The Cherry Orchard — Part 1 & 2

Italian language with no subtitles

Peter Brook (London, UK // Paris, France)

In 1971, Peter Brook founded the International Centre for Theatrical Research (CIRT) in Paris, which, with the opening of the Bouffes du Nord became the International Centre for Theatrical Creation (CICT). His productions stand out by their iconoclastic aspects and their international stature

Hamlet

Mahabharata (1989 Film)

Marat/Sade

Szenic (France)

A web magazine for spectacles and concerts at the Grand Est transfrontier / The first web magazine of stage art and concerts in the cross-border region of Grand Est. A French & German.

Sylvia

L’Attentat — Compagnie Popi Jones

PANDUR.THEATERS (International Theatre)

PANDUR.THEATERS is an international theatre organisation, created in 2002 by the director Tomaž Pandur and dramaturg Livia Pandur. The non-institutional theatre network Pandur.Theaters produces international theatre projects in co-operation with theatre with theatre festivals, theatres and other production and co-production partners. Blending various forms of artistic expression into a unique stage language, Pandur.Theatres gathers artists from different parts of the world in a multi-cultural and multilingual theatre laboratory. The productions of Pandur.Theaters are the essence of the theatre for the new millennium, ‘a theatre, which connects, inspires, awakens and transforms, opens the channels for the currents of new mental and emotional patterns. In the cultural and political sense, Pandur.Theatres is a creative space with no borders’, a model for the European theatre of the future.

Faust

Hungarian subtitles

Robert Wilson (International Theatre)

Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson’s close ties and collaborations with leading artists, writers, and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.

Einstein on the beach

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Adam’s Passion

La Compagnie du Hanneton (International Touring Company)

In 1998 James Thierrée founded his own theatre company, La Compagnie du Hanneton, and directed his first stage show, The Junebug Symphony (La Symphonie du Hanneton), in which he also performed. It toured several countries around the world and received favourable reviews from, for example, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Thierrée won four Molière Awards for the show, including that of the best director and the best newcomer in 2006, and it was chosen in 2009 as one of the ten most important theatre pieces of the decade by Le Figaro.His next pieces, the Bright Abyss (2003, La Veillée des Abysses) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2007) were similarly acclaimed, and he was awarded a Molière for the latter.

Symphonie Du Hanneton

La Veillée des Abysses

Festival d’Avignon (Avignon, France)

Mademoiselle Julie premiered at the 2012 Avignon Festival before transferring to London’s Barbican Theatre and Paris’s Odéon theatre where Juliette Binoche had appeared to great acclaim in Andrei Konchalovski’s adaptation of La Mouette.

Juliette Binoche stars in this modern-day production of Strindberg’s 19th-century classic, where issues of gender, class and forbidden desire collide with seemingly unbreakable social conventions.

Mademoiselle Julie

French language with no subtitles

Iphigenie — Chloé Dabert (2018)

French language

Theatertreffen

Until the end of July, you can experience three highlights of the 2019 and 2020 Theatertreffen in the comfort of your own home as part of 3sat’s series “Starke Stücke”: 3sat’s recordings of “Hamlet” (directed by Johan Simons, 2020 Theatertreffen), “Persona” (directed by Anna Bergmann, 2019 Theatertreffen) and “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” (directed by Claudia Bauer, 2019 Theatertreffen) not only present strong performances, they also illustrate how the devices of picture direction can facilitate the step from the stage to the television screen. — To the films.

Persona

Hamlet

Deutsches Theater Berlin | Michael Thalheimer (Berlin, Germany)

Thalheimer’s productions are performed regularly at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, where he was the Head Director and a member of the Artistic Board from 2005 to 2008. He made his DT debut in 2001 with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s Emilia Galotti. Michael Thalheimer’s stagings have won numerous awards, such as the Innovation Prize from the public television station 3Sat for Liliom, the Friedrich Luft Prize (awarded to Berlin’s most outstanding production of the year), a Nestroy (Vienna’s most prestigious theatre prize) and the Golden Mask (for the best international production) in Russia in 2005 for Emilia Galotti.

Medea

German language with no subtitles

Emilia Galotti

German language with no subtitles

Die Ratten

German language with no subtitles

Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin, Germany)

The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles — architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers — from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions.

noBody

video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifn9cqbVGpI&t=1993s

Maly Drama Theatre (St Petersburg, Russia)

The Maly Drama Theatre (under the direction of Lev Dodin) carries out a lot of international projects working within the Union of Theatres of Europe, which the theatre was invited to join in 1992. The General Assembly of the Union of European Theatres granted MDT the status of Theatre of Europe in 1998. Today there are only three such theatres in the world: the Odeon in Paris, the Piccolo in Milan, and the St. Petersburg Maly Drama Theatre. The theatre’s performances have been seen in practically all corners of the world, in more than sixty cities of Europe, Australia, South and North America, Southeast Asia, and today foreign viewers judge the level of Russian theatre arts mostly by MDT performances.

Uncle Vanya

Russian language with no subtitles

Life and Fate

Russian language with no subtitles

Brothers and Sisters (Parts 1–4)

Russian language with no subtitles

Patrice Chéreau (Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France)

When Patrice Chéreau’s vision for Strauss’s early masterpiece Elektra premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2013, The New Yorker declared that the legendary director’s “signature attention to nuances of character humanizes a masterpiece that often seems grimly relentless.” Chéreau died of lung cancer a few months after the Elektra premiere.

His greatest achievement was his four-year Ring Cycle at Bayreuth Festival.

The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold (Bayreuth Festival)

The Ring Cycle: Die Walküre — Part 1/2 & 3 (Bayreuth Festival)

The Ring Cycle: Siegfried — Part 1/2 & 3 (Bayreuth Festival)

The Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung — Part 1 & 2/3 (Bayreuth Festival)

ONASSIS FOUNDATION (USA & Greece)

With “ On Stage “, the ONASSIS FOUNDATION brings to the surface again performances and concerts that have been unforgettable, that were sold-out or that you did not manage to see. Through a review of the ten years of operation of the House, but also material from Onassis USA in NEW YORK that the Greek public has not seen, the new digital platform of the Onassis Foundation uploads (again) legendary theater and dance performances, as well as concerts.

Antigone in Ferguson

English language with Greek Subtitles

The Bacchae

Greek language with Greek Subtitles

The Cherry Orchard

Late Night

Berliner Ensemble (Berlin, Germany)

Stay at home — BE at home: While the doors of the Berlin ensemble must remain closed to our audience, we provide you with a recording of a repertoire staging once a week as an online stream. The stream of the week is always available from Friday, 6 p.m. and then for a week.

Further digital offers from the Berlin Ensemble can be found at www.berliner-ensemble.de/be-at-home .

Keep checking back in. More performances to come….

Travis Coe is an Ensemble Member, Actor, and Video Director with Double Edge Theatre, where he recently premiered his solo performance SUGA.

He is a Co-Founder of Round Room Image and received his BA in Acting at Columbia College Chicago.

I would love to know about the productions you are watching and if you have any suggestions on free performances I should add. You can email me at: travisdcoe@gmail.com

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