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This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Interlude by Theatre, Ballet, Film and Music

This 1950s' sign greets commuters as they enter central London, UK, through Southwark. It was a clever marketing campaign for a brewery named 'Courage.' Image Source: Painted Signs and Mosaics.

As I mentioned in this post, many opera companies, live theatres, symphonies, ballets, and other highly-renowned arts organizations are streaming their performances now online. If you can donate even the price of a cup of coffee to them, please do so in return for their beautiful efforts.

If you have suggestions, please comment at the bottom of this post and I will add them.

Free streams during the lockdowns:
  • Today Tix: A long list of links to different theatre companies offering online streams during the nCov quarantines and lockdowns. More theatre long lists here and here.
  • New York's Metropolitan Opera: Each performance comes online at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time (New York time) and remains online for 24 hours.
  • Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet (starts 1 April 2020) on the Bolshoi's Youtube channel
  • Vienna's State Opera (schedule and streams): After registration (here) at www.staatsoperlive.com the subscription can be booked free of charge until further notice. Starting on Sunday, 15 March 2020, Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform www.staatsoperlive.com – worldwide and free of charge. This online programme will even follow the originally planned schedule at the house, with a few exceptions only. Streams start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. (Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier) or 5 p.m. CET respectively (Ariodante, Parsifal) and remain available for 24 hours.
  • London's Royal Opera House: From Our House to Your House: Live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube, virtual performances will include appearances from some of the industry’s most talented ballet dancers and opera singers – and they’re all completely free. ... [I]ts online programme will see productions such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Verdi’s La Traviata hit people’s screens. In addition to its virtual performances, the Royal Opera House will also be offering viewers behind-the-scenes looks behind its closed doors. Live broadcasts will commence ... on 27 March, before becoming available on demand, with The Royal Ballet’s 2010 production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (here) the first to be performed online. Other performances scheduled include Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, on 3 April, Mozart’s Così fan tutte on 10 April and ballet The Metamorphosis on 17 April, with more to be announced.
  • UK's National Theatre Live (starts 2 April 2020) streams are here: Records and broadcasts stage shows from London’s West End to cinemas worldwide. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern time (7 p.m. UK time), a production filmed in front of an audience in the theatre will be streamed and then be available on demand for seven days. Sally Cookson's 2017 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (April 9), Bryony Lavery's 2014 take on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (April 16) and Shakespeare's classic comedy Twelfth Night (April 23).
  • Amsterdam's Dutch National Opera: (schedule and stream) Until April 5, Mozart's Magic Flute (here)
  • Berlin's State Ballet (list and links): Offers some unlisted Youtube performances.
  • Berlin's Theatre: Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (schedule and daily stream)
  • Berlin's German Opera: Includes offerings for children and jazz enthusiasts. Look on the homepage for livestreams every couple of days, starting with Boris Blacher's PRUSSIAN FAIRY TALE (March 29-31); Giuseppe Verdi's OTELLO (March 31-April 2); Richard Wagner's TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (April 2-4); Beethoven's FIDELIO (April 4-6); Domenico Cimarosa's THE SECRET MARRIAGE (April 6-8); Aribert Reimann's THE GESPENSTERSONATE (April 8-10); Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (April 10-12); Giuseppe Verdi's DON CARLOS (April 12-14); Carl Heinrich Graun's MONTEZUMA (April 14-16); Wolfgang Rihm's OEDIPUS (April 16-18).
  • Munich's Bavarian State Opera and Ballet: schedule until April 19 and streams: A series of Monday Concerts beginning on 23 March 2020: each starting at 8:15 p.m. (Munich time) on STAATSOPER.TV, live and free of charge. The programme of the Monday Concerts consists of lieder, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance performances. For the week of March 31: Parsifal.
  • Montreal's reFrame Films: film descriptions here, streams here). reFrame Films, a Montreal documentary film company, is removing the password on its award winning films and making them available free of charge via Vimeo until June 1. Memorable films such as Bonjour! Shalom!, Chez Schwartz, The “Socalled” Movie, Bittersweet Deliveries, Cricket & Parc Ex: A Love Story and My dear Clara are engaging slices of life in Montreal. Others such as In Pursuit of Peace, The Man who Learned to Fall, On Wings of Song and Giota’s Journey are stories of hope and compassion.
  • NaNoWriMo (here): Now's your chance to write a novel, rather than read one. NaNoWriMo is providing moral support for writers who want to use the quarantines to write their next masterpiece.

"A scene from the Bolshoi Theatre's performance of Boris Godunov, with Mikhail Kazakov in the title role." Image Source: Bolshoi Theatre via South China Morning Post.

- I will add to this post as more links come to my attention. (Thanks to -T., -B.)

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