All the live performances we cannot wait to see.
After a year of art innovation, hybrid premieres, and virtual creations, live performance is finding its way back to the streets and theaters of the world. We are reminded now more than ever that art is part of the human condition and cannot be paused. As such, we have rounded up a selection of exciting reopening performance spaces. Read on to hear about all the vibrant performance opportunities beginning as soon as Springtime 2021.
Lincoln Center - home to New York City Ballet, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard, Lincoln Center Theater and many more - will launch “Restart Stages at Lincoln Center” - an outdoor performing arts center with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces. Offering an array of vibrant programming that represents the rich tapestry of the city, Restart Stages will feature events by organizations from across the five boroughs, including Lincoln Center’s resident companies.
Celebrated set designer and MacArthur Genius grantee Mimi Lien will also transform the iconic Josie Robertson Plaza with “The GREEN,” re-envisioning the approximately 14,000 square feet of open, concrete expanse into an environment that invites New Yorkers to relax and enjoy the open, park-like space, opening May 10.
The Public Theater’s renowned Shakespeare in the Park will return to the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park with Jocelyn Bioh’s adaptation of the Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Associate Artistic Director and Director in Residence Saheem Ali. With a limited run from July 5 to August 29 and social distancing measures in place, the adaptation is set in South Harlem amidst a community of West African immigrants and will be a celebration of joy, laughter and vitality.
Across the pond, Shakespeare’s Globe is resuming performances starting May 17. Included in their season are Shakespeare favorites - Midsummers Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet. Their season will consist of two-hour traffic plays, performed as intended by Shakespeare himself with no intermission.
In our beloved Monaco, the courtyard of the Prince’s Palace will burst with music again. Acclaimed conductors from all over the world are set to collaborate with the legendary Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Guests will soon enjoy sun, fresh air, and the sweet sound of live music.
The legendary Hollywood Bowl outdoor amphitheater will reopen this July, presenting 14 weeks of concerts. While the exact lineup has yet to be announced (stay tuned on May 11th), audiences can expect the venue’s signature mix of programming, from classical concerts by the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic to big names and bands in contemporary music.
Vail Dance Festival returns to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater where all performances will take place outdoors in the glorious fresh Colorado air. One of the highlights of the summer season, dancers and companies from all over the United States take the stage. Calvin Royal III, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, will be the Artist in Residence and Princess Grace Award winners Maria Kowroski (Dance 1994), Tiler Peck (Dance 2004), Roman Mejia (Dance 2019), Isabella Boylston (Dance 2009), and Michelle Dorrance (Choreography 2012) will perform.
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the United States longest running dance festival will host outdoor performances on their beautiful Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage, site-specific performances on the Pillow grounds, and PillowTalks by Festival artists. Companies include Michelle Dorrance’s (Choreography 2012) Dorrance Dance, Ballet Hispanico, and leading artists from Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet in an exclusive program highlighting the stunning range of ballet in the United States. The “Pillow” as its affectionately called was designated a national landmark and is the recipient of the prestigious National Medal of the Arts - we’re thrilled the Pillow will once again host dance in its iconic space.