Preview: Together/Apart (Opera Atelier)

Old meets news as Opera Atelier ventures into this brave new world of virtual performance with Together/Apart on May 20 at 8 PM, EST.  Together/Apart is a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire — featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, streaming at OperaAtelier.com . All 14 artists on the program have personally curated their performance selections with an eye to sharing the joy and power of the creative experience during this extraordinary time.

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of April 20, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

Another week at home!  We are all adjusting in the best ways we know how.  The snow though?  What is that all about?!?  And our littlest has decided that every day is a pajama party.  Lots of baking has been done – and eaten! – and the kids are having tonnes of fun getting involved in the kitchen too, so fun hands-on learning win!

Each week brings about more going on in the digital arts world, and the online offerings provide a broader range of theatre and concerts to participate in.  Mooney on Theatre is excited to be able to provide information on as much of what is going on as we can. Here are this week’s varied performance options. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up. 

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Feature: The Corona Variations (Convergence)

Photo of a telephone by Fei Peng Hu

In the past several years, a phone call has begun to seem almost invasive, the unhappy middle between in-person nonverbal cues and the ability to carefully craft one’s sentences in text. Now that we can’t be in the same place, and screens are tiring and omnipresent, perhaps it’s time for a resurgence. Convergence Theatre’s The Corona Variations, written and directed primarily by Julie Tepperman, is theatre inspired by our current anxieties about the world around us and the changes to our lives as we knew them. It’s theatre that “phones home.”

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of April 13, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

I have decided that I hate the term ‘new normal’.  I’ve heard it often in the past couple of weeks and it’s really grating on my nerves.  Should we pine to go back to our ‘old normal’? No!  I really do (mostly) like the slower pace of things as they are now.  But I think there has to be a happy middle ground where we can all find a  balance that includes doing a bit less, or doing more things with meaning each day.  We have all had time for reflection in the past few weeks, and whether we have taken that opportunity or not, we have a chance to really delve deeply into what holds meaning for us.

One of the things that holds meaning in my household is the arts.  The kids dance, my partner is a theatre creator and writer, and I write (not enough, but that’s a whole other thing!)  And we all love being a part of a thriving arts community.  So now we are looking – as are all of you – for online options to continue to participate in and support the arts.  Here are this week’s varied performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to be responsible social distancers. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up. 

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