5 free events to stream, from Cynthia Oliver’s ‘Boom!’ to the Met’s ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’

5 free events to stream, from Cynthia Oliver’s ‘Boom!’ to the Met’s ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’

We’ve rounded up a selection of concerts and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Email us suggestions at allartsinfo@wliw.org.

Broadway Advocacy Coalition: ‘A Day of Healing’
When: June 10, 11 and 12; 5 p.m.
Where: The Broadway Advocacy Coalition website

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition is hosting a three-day forum geared toward the “Broadway community to heal, listen and hold itself accountable to its history of white supremacy.” Broken into different sessions, the forums aim to create a space to discuss dismantling systemic racism and ways to create an anti-racist environment within theater. The first day is dedicated to healing, the second to listening and the third to accountability. Registration for each of the events are separate and can be found here.


John Corigliano and William M. Hoffman’s ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’
When: June 11; 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Opera website

Take a trip back to 1992 with this live-capture of  the opera “The Ghosts of Versailles,” with music by John Corigliano and libretto by William M. Hoffman. Presented by the Metropolitan Opera as part of its nightly streaming series, the production — originally commissioned in 1980 but not premiered until 1991 — stars Teresa Stratas, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Graham Clark, Gino Quilico and Håkan Hagegård. Rooted in Beaumarchais’s “The Guilty Mother,” the opera dwells in the land of Louis XVI and is haunted by the apparitions of Marie Antoinette, Count Almaviva and more. If you miss this stream (available for 23 hours after its premiere), you can catch an encore of the Met’s At-Home Gala on June 12 and 13.


New York Times Events: ‘Opening Night’
When: June 11; 7 p.m.
Where: The New York Times YouTube channel

Presented as part the series “Offstage,” the multi-part livestream will feature New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris in conversation with director Kenny Leon and actors Celia Rose Gooding, Adrienne Warren and Daniel J. Watts about what it’s like to be Black on Broadway. Then, Times writers, critics and editors will showcase their favorite moments from a theater season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Expect clips of Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk and the cast of “Company”; Mary-Louise Parker; Jeremy O. Harris; Elizabeth Stanley and more.


Cynthia Oliver: ‘Boom!’
When: June 11 to June 18
Where: The New York Live Arts website

Cynthia Oliver’s production “Boom!” comes to the digital stage courtesy of New York Live Arts, where it premiered in 2014. Borne from a short, 17-minute piece debuted in 2012, this evening-length version of “Boom!” was choreographed by Cynthia Oliver in collaboration with Leslie Cuyjet — who both dance the duet — and “examines the conditions of the two performing Black women.” In a message, Oliver said: “I hope it will soothe you, move you, make you laugh and restore your faith in our collective (Black) resilience.” The work begins streaming June 11 and will be available through June 18.


Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Natalie Diaz
When: June 12; 7 p.m.
Where: The Strand Book Store Facebook Page and Zoom

Rachel Eliza Griffiths speaks about her new book “Seeing the Body: Poems” with writer Natalie Diaz. The collection, centered on “bodies” of grief and healing, fuses Griffiths’ poetry and her photography. Though the event is free, the organization states that if you wish to support the author and the book store, you can purchase a copy of “Seeing the Body” via the Strand’s website. More information about registering for the Zoom session can be found here.

Updated June 10 at 7 p.m.

Top Image: "BOOM!" Leslie Cuyjet and Cynthia Oliver. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu.