Thursday, April 16, 2020

Art Will Continue

Yesterday, during the virtual meeting of the newly created HDC Emergency Task Force devoted to arts and culture, Marc Schafler of Helsinki Hudson offered the assurance, "There is no problem with art flourishing. Art will continue." And art does continue, in inventive ways that do not involve social gathering. 

In reaching out to its clients to learn how they are adjusting or adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic, SDL+GHS discovered that American Associates of the National Theatre, one of its NYC-based clients, was offering free screenings of National Theatre Live productions on YouTube. Today at 2:00 p.m., you can see Bryony Lavery's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and next Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. you can see Twelfth Night featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. Here is the link to the YouTube channel: Treasure Island can also be viewed on demand for the next week.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Hudson Hall and The Flow Chart Foundation have partnered to present a pop up, site specific installation of excerpts from John Ashbery's "The Recital"--"a provocative, challenging masterpiece that set a new standard for the modern prose poem."  
Showcased in Hudson Hall's historic Warren Street windows, and presented as a kind of "virtual recital" to grace the currently silent opera house, the texts from "The Recital" span six, large print posters offering passersby and individuals taking socially responsible solo sojourns the opportunity for quiet reflection during this time of crisis.       
The exhibition will be on view at 327 Warren Street until May 28, and Hudson Hall "encourages readers to respect healthy boundaries and practice safe social distancing to view the installation individually."

The Ancram Opera House is offering a free virtual storytelling workshop with AOH director Paul Ricciardi to help people learn how to bring their personal experiences to life for others through storytelling. The workshop is being offered twice--on Saturday, April 25, and on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. The first workshop is already filled, but you can still register for May 2 workshop here.    

On June 17-20, Hudson Hall is offering a virtual improvisation workshop with Bobby Previte. 

The four-day intensive workshop is based on Previte's regular workshop syllabus and lecture format, with music for group listening and discussions. The workshop will include work on individual (solo) improvisation skills.

Admission to the free workshop is by application only. Applications are due by May 15. For more information and to apply for admission, click here.

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