Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home
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Updated on March 24
If you’re stuck at home and hankering for the fine arts, there’s plenty online. Since the coronavirus pandemic began temporarily shutting down performing arts venues and museums around the world, cultural organizations have been finding ways to share their work digitally. Performances are being live-streamed, archival material is being resurfaced and social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook are serving as makeshift stages, concert halls and gallery spaces.
Here’s a list of some of what’s streaming and otherwise available on the internet. The offerings are increasing by the day, so be sure to check in with your favorite arts institutions to see what they’re providing as things develop. And check back here for updates.
Feinstein’s/54 Below will begin sharing shows from its archives as one-time-only events on YouTube on Wednesday.
Also beginning Wednesday, Geffen Playhouse will post original content to its website and social media pages weekly. Three Geffen productions, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” and “The Lion,” are also included in the BroadwayHD library.
Jordan Grubb has enlisted some fellow musical theater actors to create a lip sync video of “One Day More” from the show “Les Misérables.”
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has a streaming series of performances, workshops and other events on its website and social media pages.
The Tank is producing weekly video discussions with artists and creators.
The Hampstead Theater production of “I and You” starring Maisie Williams is available on Instagram at @hampstead_theatre and @lalatellsastory until March 29.
Recordings of shows, original short films, documentary footage, and video work are available at the Third Angel theater company’s website.
A streaming video of the Alliance Theater production of “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” a family musical, is available through March 29.
Patrick Stewart has posted videos of himself reading sonnets by Shakespeare on his Twitter feed.
“The Rosie O’Donnell Show” returned for one night in support of the Actors Fund. The broadcast is on Broadway.com and on YouTube.
The Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, James Wesley, are producing a daily online show called “Stars in the House,” with actors performing from home, to raise money for the Actors Fund.
Tickets to watch a video of Ren Dara Santiago’s “The Siblings Play” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater are available.
American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco is offering the opportunity for ticket holders to watch Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Gloria” and Lydia R. Diamond’s “Toni Stone” from home on BroadwayHD.
Irish Repertory Theater is releasing videos of its actors performing songs, poems and monologues on its social media channels.
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater is offering a free live-streamed and archival performances on its YouTube channel.
The 24 Hour Plays, a group that brings actors, writers, directors and composers together to produce new work in a single day, released “Viral Monologues” videos.
HERE Arts Center is hosting weekly watch parties of full-length past productions, as well as collaborative live-streamed creative activities led by HERE artists and staff members.
The Royal Danish Ballet is streaming a performance of August Bournonville’s “Napoli” from the 2013-2014 season.
Dance Church Go, an online version of the choreographer Kate Wallich’s communal movement class, is live streaming regularly. The next session is on Wednesday, March 25.
Ballet Hispánico has created an Instagram video series featuring its dancers, teachers and administrators.
Members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s “I Been ’Buked,” a section of “Revelations,” is now on Instagram.
New York Live Arts has posted three full-length performances from its back catalog online.
The Paris Opera Ballet will broadcast “Swan Lake” and its “Tribute to Jerome Robbins.”
All Arts, from WNET, offers dance videos on its site.
Boston Ballet has posted a collection of clips from postponed productions on YouTube.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Samantha van Wissen shared instructional videos to guide dancers at home through the choreographer’s seminal piece “Rosas danst Rosas.”
The Metropolitan Opera features “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” which are free encore Live in HD presentations.
Berliner Philharmoniker is offering free access to all concerts and films in its “Digital Concert Hall.”
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is regularly releasing online playlists of concerts and events from its archive.
Many audio recordings of concerts by the New York Philharmonic are available on the Philharmonic’s website, including a recent performance of Brahms’s “A German Requiem” conducted by Jaap van Zweden.
On Site Opera, a company that performs in site-specific settings, is hosting live-streamed “watch parties” of past productions through mid-April.
The 92nd Street Y’s streaming archives have recordings of classical concerts, and there are upcoming live streams from the likes of the pianists Conrad Tao and Jonathan Biss.
The Caramoor Center for Music and Arts has made a November performance by the Thalea String Quartet available on its YouTube page. Live-streamed performances from Conrad Tao, Vijay Iyer and others are planned for April.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s “Keeping Score” project is streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel. Episodes are being released in weekly batches and make a good alternative for those who planned on attending Thomas’s final Carnegie Hall performances as the Symphony’s music director this month, before they were canceled.
Watch members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven virtually.
Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad organization is offering a virtual concert series. Up now: short performances from Ma, Mazz Swift and Sandeep Das.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is posting audio from its archives daily.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is offering a virtual 360-degree tour of its spiraling rotunda. Visitors can also access more than 200 art books from the archive and watch video profiles of artists whose works have recently been featured in its exhibitions.
After canceling its fair this month, Art Basel Hong Kong has set up online viewing rooms through Wednesday. Among the participating galleries are David Zwirner, Lehmann Maupin and Gray.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has online audio guides for thousands of artworks and for select exhibitions, as well as hundreds of videos of exhibition previews, performances and artist talks.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has several offerings, including free coloring pages of famous Van Gogh pieces for children, an app that offers a closer look at some of his paintings and a virtual tour.
Pace Gallery is expanding its online viewing room tool to the public and will host digital exhibitions, including a group exhibition on ceramics, a collection of pieces inspired by nature and scenes of domesticity by the artist Saul Steinberg.
The Morgan Library & Museum offers online exhibitions including a show featuring drawings by the French architect Jean-Jacques Lequeu. There is also a conversation with Fran Lebowitz from the video archive and a digital manuscript catalog of paintings and drawings by Jean de Jullienne.
The National Gallery of Art has a variety of content to choose from: Scroll through highlights from the permanent collection, watch lectures or download the NGAkids Art Zone app for interactive activities for your little ones.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has plenty on its site: Viewers can watch documentaries and short films, listen to exhibition soundtracks and live performances, dive into free online courses and lectures or browse artwork from the permanent collection.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is inviting would-be visitors to find their inner artists by downloading an image and creating their own work. Art buffs can also practice sketching with a collection of 3-D models or listen to its podcast series.
For its inaugural online exhibition, the Hauser & Wirth gallery is presenting drawings by the artist Louise Bourgeois, opening March 25.
The Getty Galleries are offering online tours and other types of digital access to exhibitions including “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master” and “Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq.”
On March 26, the Jewish Museum will present a conversation between the comedian and author Josh Gondelman, the author Rebecca Dinerstein Knight and Stephanie Butnick, the deputy editor of Tablet Magazine, about what it means to be human today. It will be livestreamed on Zoom at 7 p.m.
The Corning Museum of Glass is offering virtual tours through Google Arts & Culture, and its YouTube channel features glassmaking content.
The Menil Collection in Houston has an online collection and is offering videos of its public programs on YouTube, featuring conversations and lectures with artists like Sam Gilliam and Richard Serra.
In addition to its online viewing room, the David Zwirner Gallery is planning to release new weekly episodes of its podcast “Dialogues,” as well as offer free access to excerpts from David Zwirner Books publications.
Starting March 26, the Fort Gansevoort Gallery is hosting a series of weekly online exhibitions. The first, “A Cloud in a Box,” is organized by the writer and educator Terry R. Myers.
Compiled by Peter Libbey, Sara Aridi, Gabe Cohn and Lauren Messman.