Dance companies worldwide have been announcing digital seasons in lieu of cancelled performances. This is not an exhaustive list, but it will be updated as companies announce further screenings. Some performances may be limited by geolocation. Many companies are offering online viewing for free, or by donation, so show your support where possible.
Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage and Breakin’ Convention have released Our Bodies Back, a riveting new dance film that speaks out against anti-Black racism and honours the lived experiences of Black women past and present.
This new commission is a collaboration with Jonzi D Projects and BCTV stages the poem We Want Our Bodies Back, the work of acclaimed American poet and performance artist jessica Care moore in a film directed by Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D.
Our Bodies Back will be available for audiences all over the world to watch on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage via Sadler’s Wells YouTube channelfrom 11 a.m BST Wednesday 19 August 2020.
Studio 5: Great American Ballerinas
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck each work closely on performance excerpts with another acclaimed dance artist in this virtual five-part Studio 5 series curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Participating guests include Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra Ferri, Stephanie Saland, and Pam Tanowitz.
Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland On view from Wed Sep 16 at 5pm
Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz On view from Wed Sep 23 at 5pm
Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri On view from Wed Sep 30 at 5pm
All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing.
This installation of Diálogos will be moderated by Ballet Hispánico Company dancer, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, who will be joined by a panel of fellow professional dancers to discuss the stereotype of machismo in dance. Panelists include Maxfield Haynes, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Dancer; Zackery Torres, Freelancer Dancer and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance student; Christopher Wilson, Dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Omar Rivéra, Dancer, Ballet Hispánico. To RSVP for the free event, register at http://bit.ly/dialogos-machismo.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents Ailey All Access, with several performances available to watch online.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance at Lincoln Center: this program includes Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, Robert Battle’s Takademe, and Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. An audio description version of the film is available here.
This year, the Australian Ballet’s popular Bodytorque program goes digital. Showcasing the endurance of creativity during isolation, five up-and-coming choreographers were tasked with developing new works designed specifically for the digital space. Bodytorque.Digital combines all elements—choreography, dancers, music, and cinematography—together through digital screens and virtual rehearsals.
The Merce Cunningham Trust is streaming various Cunningham dances performed around the world during the Cunningham centennial last year. These include: “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). Watch on the Cunningham Trust’s Vimeo page.
Guggenheim’s Works & Process
Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce August premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. New commissions are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m.
September 6 Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young
September 7 Break for Labor Day
September 13 Ethan Stiefel
September 14 Amy Hall Garner
September 20 Richard Thomas and Philip Fisher
September 21 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Adam Charlap Hyman, Dick Hyman, and Zack Winokur
September 27 Maxfield Haynes
September 28 Leonardo Sandoval
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet announces the premiere of Dance of Dreams, a new dance film directed by Benjamin Millepied, featuring San Francisco Ballet dancers performing choreography by Justin Peck, Dwight Rhoden, Janie Taylor, and Christopher Wheeldon. Filmed in iconic San Francisco locations including the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the new six-minute film is set to “Scène D’Amour” by Bernard Hermann from Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco–based thriller film from 1958, played by members of SF Ballet Orchestra.
Dance of Dreams will be available at 12 noon PDT on August 13, 2020 on SF Ballet @ Home, YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House presents Unwrapped: Dances for Now, featuring choreographersMartin del Amo, Angela Goh, Raghav Handa, Vicki Van Hout, and Nelson Earl with music from Corin Ileto, Marcus Whale, Shana O’Brien, Johnny Brown, Philip Downing, Clever Austin and Sofi Tukker. Streaming on demand from August 8, 2020.