SHOWS & ATTRACTIONS
KODO is able to offer pre-recorded performances with personalized introductions, interactive Q & A sessions, and educational performances specifically created for students of all ages. KODO also has their 2020 Earth Celebration – their annual Sado Island festival which continued virtually this year – available for special showings.
The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns are able to offer promo videos and virtual Q&A and masterclass sessions. Most recently they worked with The New York Philharmonic’s “Practice 30” challenge to offer their practicing advice
Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern of Piano Battle are able to offer live virtual mini-battles which include interaction with your Facebook audience. A moderator from your organization is required. They recently did this with Auburn University (watch below).
They are also able to offer masterclasses and Q&A sessions. They are based in Berlin, so please consider the time zone difference when scheduling events.
The Swingles are able to offer virtual masterclasses and Q&A sessions. They recently were in the VOX Virtual festival (watch below) and have recorded some virtual content recently such as this Peter Gabriel cover (socially distanced with live looping – watch below). They are also able to create short promo videos for upcoming performances.
Canadian Brass offers virtual masterclasses and Q&A sessions. Via their Facebook page, they have conducted multiple, weekly chat sessions with one another as well as esteemed invited guests. They could do this with your local faculty members to engage with university students.
A pre-recorded 45-minute concert is available. A personalized greeting at the beginning and the end can be included for each venue. The group can also add a Q&A at the end. Description: “History is filled with stories of daring innovators who had the audacity to dream of one day conquering the sky. The moon, stars, and the tapestry of the night sky are all responsible for some of humanity’s oldest legends and mysteries. In One Giant Leap, Cantus celebrates the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and striving for excellence through innovation and technology.”
The King's Singers
The King’s Singers are able to offer virtual masterclasses and Q&A sessions. They were named Virtual Artists-in-Residence with the San Francisco Girls Chorus for the 20-21 season.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
Life on Other Worlds
How close are we to discovering life on other planets? NASA’s Perseverance rover is due to land on Mars in 2021 to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth. Jupiter’s moon Europa is home to a vast subsurface ocean—a body of water that could sustain primitive forms of life on this alien world nearly 600 million miles from our planet. Join planetary scientist and astrobiologist Kevin Hand and NASA engineer Kobie Boykins for the latest intriguing updates on this vast frontier of exploration.
Kobie Boykins is a senior mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. In more than ten years at the lab, he led the mobility and remote sensing teams for the Mars Exploration Rover, Curiosity, and served as Chief Engineer on the Europa Clipper team.
Kevin Hand is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. His work focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system and involves research on the physics and chemistry of icy moons in the outer solar system.
Natural history photographers working with National Geographic have often emerged from scientific backgrounds, enabling them to reveal wildlife and our natural world in surprising ways. Molecular biologistturned- photographer Prasenjeet Yadav combines his experience in research with his photography skills to highlight natural history and science stories in Asia. And Anand Varma has developed innovative techniques to create stunning images of creatures whose details are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Join them for stories and conversation on the intriguing intersection of science and photography
Anand Varma graduated with a degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and uses photography to share the story behind the science on everything from honeybee health to hummingbird biomechanics. His work featured in National Geographic magazine reveals the invisible details around us.
Groundbreaking new science is changing what we thought we knew about how dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived. Newfound troves from the Moroccan desert suggest that the immense predator Spinosaurus spent much of its time in the water. And in Chile, scientists have discovered a shocking new therapod. Unlike its cousins, Velociraptor and T. rex, Chilesaurus consumed a vegetarian diet. Join leading paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla for stories and conversation about the evolving science of dinosaurs.
German/Moroccan paleontologist, anatomist, and National Geographic Explorer Nizar Ibrahim has unearthed spectacular dinosaur bones, rare fossil footprints, giant prehistoric fish, crocodile-like hunters, and a new species of giant flying reptile with a 20-foot wingspan that lived 95 million years ago.
Feats of Filmmaking
Meet two filmmakers renowned for capturing extreme feats of adventure in some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable environments. Based out of British Columbia, Bryan Smith brings stories of adventure to the screen from the South Pacific’s deepest canyons to the frozen waters of Niagara Falls. Keith Ladzinski takes on the seemingly impossible—including chasing tornadoes, hanging from massive natural arches—to document the endeavors of the world’s most elite adventurers.
Keith forged his roots in the world of extreme sports, working tirelessly with the industry’s top athletes, outdoor industry clients, and agencies. He is now a contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine and has worked for clients globally including Apple, Nikon, Toyota, and The New York Times.
Get a glimpse into the ocean’s greatest depths—and the fascinating creatures that live there—with two leading marine biologists. David Gruber searches the oceans for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine species and designs delicate and noninvasive tools for studying and interacting with deep-sea life. Diva Amon participates in expeditions around the world to study the unusual animals living in a variety of deep-sea habitats—and how humans impact them. Through stories and conversation, they’ll shine a light on this dark, cold, and mysterious world.
Women and Migration
Photographers Danielle Villasana, Miora Rajaonary, and Saiyna Bashir join photo editor Jennifer Samuel in conversation on their latest project documenting how social, economic, political, and climate issues are pushing and pulling women from their homes. The stories span the globe, from Honduras and Mexico to Pakistan, to Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and more.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Virtual Master Class
Repertory Workshop taught by the Ballet Master or a Senior Company Member, participants will be given a short barre and some center work before learning excerpts of classical repertoire: first as performed by the world’s great ballet companies to then compare it to the Trocks’ satirical version.
Best for: Intermediate to advanced ballet students of similar level of training. Repertoire will be tailored to suit the level of training.
Dying Swan Workshop
Participants will be given a short warmup and will then be taught the Dying Swan with a comic touch. This workshop can be modified for dancers and non-dancers alike, as well as for senior groups.
Best for: All levels! This workshop offers greatest flexibility, and is great for senior citizens or individuals with little or no prior dance training.
Virtual Make-up Seminar
See how the Trocks transform from dancer to diva! Join a company dancer in their virtual dressing room to see their makeup routine for a typical performance transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn more about what it takes to get ready for a show and his journey to become a member of the Trockadero.
Virtual Discussion/Q&A about Rebels on Pointe documentary
We could arrange a virtual panel discussion/Q&A with Tory after the participants have watched the Rebels on Pointe documentary online. The documentary is available for rent/purchase on several platforms including Amazon Prime. The venue/presenter would pay for the purchase or rental on their own. It would be important to have someone moderate the discussion. I think the company can offer some names of who could moderate the discussion or, they would be open to suggestions from the presenter.
Virtual Retrospective Discussion
An in-depth discussion into the history and evolution of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo from a 1970’s downtown New York “theater of the ridiculous” into an established internationally recognized touring ballet company and how that change has impacted the current trend of men en pointe and the audience’s perception of the company. The discussion will be led by a senior company member and supported with archival video footage of the company over the years.
BH 50 Year Legacy Experience
An hour long journey through Ballet Hispanico’s past, present and future. From the literal and metaphorical burning of NYC in the 1970’s through a 50th anniversary celebration, showcasing some of dance’s most influential, innovative, and inspiring artists. Hosted live by Ballet Hispanico Artistic leadership – ensuring no show is like another!
Choreographers and Cocktails (3 Artists)
A dedicated intro from Artistic leadership followed by streaming of work that concludes with a live conversation with the artists involved.
Performances for Young People (PYP)
Excerpts with moderator (can be recorded or live)
Performances for Young People take audiences on a guided journey through Latin-American dance and music. This interactive, fun-filled exploration features excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico repertory and is narrated by Artistic leadership. Latin music and cultural connections, choreography insights, and dance history come together to deepen the audience’s experience of dance. Students are exposed to world-class choreographers and the cultures of Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Americas, while learning about Latinx icons such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.
Conversation with community leadership to discuss social issues, race, culture, and dance. Reach into your community to develop dialogs that are impactful to your communities.
Latin Social Dance Lesson
Live with Ballet Hispanico Dancer or Artistic leadership
Local Choreographer paired with dancers, mentoring young dancers (by artistic community of Ballet Hispanico), over 2 weeks with up to 10 dancers (community, student).
Streaming of Lincoln Center at the Movies filming of Ballet Hispanico’s production of Carmen.maquia. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate heroine. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.
Join Pilobolus in online improvisation and choreography classes. These 90 min – 3 hour workshops, focused on Pilobolus’ signature creation process, will ignite your creativity, challenge your body and your mind, and open up a world of collaborative possibilities.
Connecting with Balance
This 60 minute workshop is designed to help seniors reconnect with their bodies and build awareness. Movement based balance exercises aid in maintaining and improving balance, with functional and real world application. This class is open to all levels of ability.
Pilobolus Movement for Kids!
This 60 – 90 minute class will inspire kids of all ages. Improvisation based movement exercises will encourage kids to move creatively, challenge their problem solving skills, and culminate with a finished dance.
Specifically for Schools:
Streaming of one or both of Pilobolus’ school shows: Rules @ Play and Pilobolus is a Fungus. The company has high-resolution fully produced videos of both of these shows filmed in a theater along with extensive study guides for teachers and students that we can share share with interested educational institutions. Either of these shows could be offered with a virtual class experience as a single, or series.
Rules @ Play, Virtual Edition
Rules @ Play is a lively, interactive show created specifically for a youth audience. Throughout life we all encounter rules, and we usually view them negatively. Rules@Play explores how rules actually present opportunities to solve problems and overcome challenges. They spark creativity and, in our case, give us tools to make dances. Fun, engaging and accessible, Pilobolus dancers perform and analyze four of the company’s favorite works through movement and discussion on and off stage, showcasing the benefits of playing by the rules.
Pilobolus is a Fungus, Virtual Edition
Pilobolus is a Fungus is an interactive performance for young audiences based on a recent site-specific commission by Jacob’s Pillow titled Branches. The audience takes a journey through nature, perceiving the sounds, shapes, colors and movements of birds, water, trees, and of course, our namesake fungus, in new and unexpected ways. With the help of the Pilobolus dancers, audience members learn to express their deep connection to the world through movement and dance.
Pam Tanowitz Dance
Repertory Masterclass + Conversation with Pam Tanowitz
PTD Rehearsal Director and Bessie award winning performer, Melissa Toogood, and/or PTD
company member(s) teach Tanowitz style and repertory followed by discussion with Pam Tanowitz.
– 1.5 hours to 2 hours in length
– Best suited for dancers age 15 and up
Open Virtual Rehearsal + Creative Process Q&A with Tanowitz & PTD Company Members
Dive into Tanowitz’s creative process as she continues to create and rehearse remotely with PTD dancers.
30-45 mins rehearsal
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Performance/outreach options available
Gabriela Montero, piano
Performance/outreach options available
Emerson String Quartet
Performance/outreach options available
Calidore String Quartet
Performance/outreach options available
Ute Lemper, mezzo-soprano and cabaret
Ute Lemper is able to offer bespoke, virtual concerts and Q&A sessions. She was recently invited to be a part of the Live with Carnegie Hall series (watch below).
David Portillo, tenor
American tenor David Portillo presents Love Letters: A Recital with David Portillo, a love letter to the form of art song and to city living. The program is jointly curated by David Portillo and Yasuko Oura, and features Schumann’s famous Dichterliebe, alongside songs of Quilter, Rogers, Guastavino, as well as works by living composers Stacy Garrop and Wayland Rogers. The concert is produced by Valhalla Media Live, a company created by an IMG Artist. In addition, Mr. Portillo is available for a Q&A and a virtual masterclass.