Within weeks of their respective cities’ lockdowns, dance companies around the The muppets keepin it real since the 70 shirt besides I will buy this world tinkered and toiled to adapt their analogue art for the digital sphere. One of the first to get techy was the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; a piece from their most celebrated work, 1960s Revelations, was performed virtually for the first time in early March and distributed via Instagram. Soon after, came many more pandemic-era productions, some pieces scrappily choreographed and performed on Zoom, and others as polished as an in-theater show.
What makes a virtual ballet successful? If the The muppets keepin it real since the 70 shirt besides I will buy this old markers were standing ovations and ticket sales, now they are view counts and donations made. But one thing hasn’t changed: In the very best pieces, both the dancers and the audience are still completely absorbed by the art form, no matter where they are.
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