The COVID-19 restrictions have hit the visual and performing arts industry hard, with theatres, galleries and rehearsal spaces closed for the foreseeable future. But that’s not stopping some of Australia’s finest from showcasing their powerful performances, exhibitions and experiences.
Here, we take a quick look at some of the ways our partners, The Australian Ballet, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Chamber Orchestra are bringing joy to Australian audiences through digital media.
These magical and powerful performances will draw you out of your lounge room and into forests, castles and romantic starry skies to experience the freedom and exhilaration of unbridled leaps, pirouettes and lifts.
This five-month digital season of quality production recordings, danced by The Australian Ballet, draws from a carefully curated selection of treasured works, including all-time classics and ballet’s finest romantic productions.
Romeo & Juliet is currently showing from 1 to 15 May, with more productions to be announced shortly.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has launched a new digital platform – mca.art – which offers virtual tours of its galleries, including 360-degree views of the artworks in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN and MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday.
Other highlights include a feature on artist commissions, an audio introduction to NIRIN by Artistic Director Brook Andrew, short artist talks, and a responsive map of the Museum.
The MCA has also launched a new online kids’ activity, Better Together with Pip and Merindah! Designed for children 4+, to enjoy weekly online creative workshops inspired by the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN exhibition.
NIRIN, meaning ‘edge’, is a word from Artistic Director Brook Andrew’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales. The themes that inspire the exhibition use the Wiradjuri language.
In each activity, users will learn a new word in Wiradjuri and receive simple step-by-step instructions with suggestions for materials – all of which can be easily found around your home.
New kids activities will be added weekly from 20 May.
The National Gallery of Victoria has released a number of virtual tours of recent exhibitions including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines and Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness which are a great way to experience the works and learn more about the artists.
There are also a number of short videos on its NGV Channel which give you an insight into the artists stories and behind the scenes. Well worth a watch! And finally, you can follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates and daily inspiration.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s digital season titled ACO HomeCasts features new recordings, livestreamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more. Some of the highlights include:
The Balkan Express by Maja Savnik: Infused with virtuoso performances of folk music, traditional dancing, and evocative imagery, ACO violinist Maja Savnik has created a quirky and stirring tribute to her Balkan heritage, filmed from her Sydney home.
MUSIC IN ISO 1′ Satu Vänskä: ACO Principal Violin, Satu Vänskä, presents a quirky, isolation-fuelled interpretation of Paganini’s virtuosic Caprice for Violin No.5, inspired in part by the Finnish Maid in Gogol’s short story ‘Diary of a Madman’.
Check out the ACO HomeCasts page for the latest HomeCasts schedule. You can also follow the ACO on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for new content every week.