In October, New York Metropolis Middle reimagined its popular Fall for Dance festival in digital kind: Dancers made use of the stage of the empty theater, their performances broadcast to audiences at house. In honor of Black Historical past Month, three of these displays are streaming once more — “Girl Swings the Blues” by the good faucet artist Dormeshia; Kyle Abraham’s “to be seen,” danced to Ravel’s “Boléro” by Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theater; and “Morani/Mungu (Black Warrior/Black God)” by Jamar Roberts, a longtime member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and that firm’s resident choreographer.
Every of those works is a shocking solo, however in Dormeshia’s case, that class doesn’t fairly match; although she’s the lone dancer onstage (glamorous in gold sneakers), her ft converse effortlessly with the stay jazz trio by her aspect. Royal and Roberts, too, supply profoundly musical performances. A balm for any winter blues you is likely to be feeling, the three works may be seen free via March 5 on Metropolis Middle’s website or YouTube channel.
Between Despair and Hope
“Save the Boys,” the composer Tyshawn Sorey’s 20-minute setting of an 1877 poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, was the primary of these scheduled dramatic premieres and debuted earlier this month. Carried out by the countertenor John Vacation and the pianist Grant Loehnig, Sorey’s work responds sensitively to the unique poem’s vary of emotional registers. Harper’s textual content incorporates each deep despair over the slave commerce, in addition to almost-hopeful calls to motion.
On this setting, Sorey’s piano half switches (generally starkly) between these diversified realms, whereas the writing for voice manages to gracefully float between them. Often, throughout Vacation’s spectacular efficiency, ache and hope intertwine in the identical phrase — a present of talent that additionally produces a vertiginous, operatic energy.
You possibly can lease “Save the Boys” for $10 or buy a season go to OperaPhila.tv for $99.
SETH COLTER WALLS
All Manhattan’s a Stage
The title of the Paper Bag Players’ newest manufacturing expresses one thing all of us lengthy to be: “Out and About and Together Again.” However till that state turns into fully attainable, the corporate’s members suggest this digital undertaking — which depicts them out and about and collectively once more — as a heartening diversion.
Created by the actor Kevin Richard Woodall and John Stone, the troupe’s music director and composer, this 40-minute video (accessible on demand indefinitely) options the gamers and their signature paper-and-cardboard props open air round Manhattan. Households who pay $20 to stream the revue on Vimeo can anticipate favourite skits just like the interactive dance “The Paper Bag Rag” and “Bob the Slob,” which conveniently takes place in a park.
The presentation affords indoor magic, too. The scenic artist Jonathan Peck demonstrates his abilities in a participatory train and within the live-drawn animated premiere “Wherever Chair.” That object guarantees that should you sit down, “we will go wherever” — additionally true of this firm’s inventive shows.
If Subway Benches May Speak …
The Seventh Avenue Categorical, a.ok.a. the No. 2 practice, covers 52 stops between Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and 241st Road within the Bronx. Every of these stations has a narrative to inform, and the playwright Ren Dara Santiago is ensuring they’re being heard.
So she conceived and created “MTA Radio Plays,” produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and accessible on its web site. On this collection of audio items, that are from three to 15 minutes lengthy, she acts as a figurative conductor on a practice that carries the work of 17 artists she has commissioned.
Tackling myriad genres and kinds, the performs are as richly numerous because the neighborhoods the subway connects. Upcoming works by Xavier Galva, Victor Cervantes Jr. and Robert Lee Leng middle on themes of neighborly kindness and concrete altruism.
Six episodes have been launched thus far, with the following batch due within the coming week and extra installments arriving month-to-month not less than via June. One of the best half? The collection go is simply $15, and in contrast to a MetroCard, it gained’t expire.
Pop & Rock
A Platform That Rocks
With demand for streaming at an all-time excessive, area of interest platforms for each kind of viewer are in considerable provide. For the rock lover, the Coda Collection — a brand new Amazon Prime Video add-on — affords a trove of live performance movies and rock documentaries. The gathering’s distinguished stakeholders embrace Yoko Ono and Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix’s adopted sister; unsurprisingly, its contents skew towards the basic. They embrace near a dozen Hendrix titles, in addition to a number of that includes the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan.
There are extra up to date choices, too. “A Dog Called Money,” a brand new documentary about PJ Harvey, follows the British musician on the analysis journeys that knowledgeable the making of her ninth album, “The Hope Six Demolition Project.” And Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution: Stay by Candlelight,” which captures an intimate acoustic efficiency by the nation star, had its streaming premiere on the platform.
The Coda Assortment is on the market to Prime members for $5 a month; free trials can be found.