Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Performing Arts on the Big Screen!

This morning I read an article in the NY Times about performing arts organizations providing live showings of their events at movie theaters. I found this to be an interesting step by organizations considering one of the main concerns about the performing arts is the LIVE experience between the audience and performers. As we move further into the digital age and broaden our definition of "live" arts, how will this change effect the art itself? In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts released it's findings of the National Arts Participation Survey and found that most of our cultural institutions are losing participants of every age. Is broadcasting performances in movie theaters a new way to reach more individuals or a compromise of the very basic goal we hope to achieve with human interaction?


  1. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is now doing this, and I'm super excited about it! There isn't a chance that I'm going to be able to afford to get out that way any time in the near future, so I think it's an awesome opportunity to at least get a little piece of the experience.

  2. Thanks Charlotte! I definitely see the upside of creating a "world-wide audience." Hope you enjoy the series!