Sometimes during COVID, I have to stop and marvel at how creative we are becoming as a nation to keep things “normal” and this doesn’t disclude entertainment.
Lately in Los Angeles, it seems the art of dance is alive and well!
Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles held its first ever drive-in performance in Fullerton this past September. Then in October, the contemporary company Clairobscur Dance used Zoom to develop new work which was performed for audiences in cars at L.A.'s Original Farmers Market.
Santa Monica’s Westside School of Ballet organized a drive-in dance film festival and Heidi Duckler Dance presented drive-up or walk-up performances throughout L.A. over 10 days.
Audience members are typically instructed to wear masks if they want to leave their windows open and if they prefer to be maskless, they could tune to a radio station frequency to hear the streamed performance score.
The dancers trained individually and outside as well as in masked sessions to learn the choreography. If someone chose to rehearse inside the L.A. Dance Project’s studios, the space was aired out for 24 hours to keep others safe.
So it seems that drive-in dance performances are the new normal for dance companies during the pandemic, but I personally believe that if you have an audience anywhere becomes your stage.
Would you attend a drive-up performance during COVID?