London’s National Theatre streams the play ‘Small Island’ and more events

London’s National Theatre streams the play ‘Small Island’ and more events

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.

National Theatre at Home: ‘Small Island’
When: June 18; 2 p.m.
Where: The National Theatre YouTube channel

Filmed in 2019 during a sold-out run, the critically acclaimed play “Small Island” continues the National Theatre at Home series. Based on Andrea Levy’s novel about the Windrush Generation and adapted by Helen Edmundson, the stage production centers on the stories of first-generation immigrants from the Caribbean who came to the United Kingdom after World War II. Weaving together three storylines, the play reaches into 1948, the year the ship MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury Docks, Essex.

Clocking in at three hours, the play is directed by Rufus Norris and is set to stream June 18 to June 25 coinciding with Windrush Day 2020.


‘Immediate Tragedy’
When: June 19; 7 p.m.
Where: The Soraya and Martha Graham Dance Company Facebook pages

Realized by a team of 21 artists, “Immediate Tragedy” is presented as a collaboration between Martha Graham Dance Company, Wild Up music collective and the Soraya. The piece, recorded in isolation, is inspired by archival remnants of Graham’s solo of the same name, choreographed in 1937 in response to the Spanish Civil War.

To create the virtual piece, each of the participating dancers were sent four photos from the original solo to use as jumping-off points to imagine specific movement phrases. The score draws from bits of musical notations and a letter from Graham to composer Henry Cowell.

“For about two years, I have thought to make a choreographic response to this lost solo work,
‘Immediate Tragedy,’” Janet Eilber, Martha Graham Dance Company’s artistic director, said. “Several unknown photos of the work resurfaced along with some writings, so I thought we had a chance to create something new and substantial, and I knew Thor and Chris would be ideal partners for this out-of-the-box plan.”

The piece will also stream on the Martha Graham Dance Company YouTube channel as part of the institution’s Martha Matinee program.


Dance Theatre of Harlem: Robert Garland’s ‘Return’
When: June 20; 8 p.m.
Where: The Dance Theatre of Harlem YouTube channel

The Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, continues its two-year 50th season celebration with the recently announced Virtual Ballet Series. The program — which kicked off June 6 with Mitchell’s “Creole Giselle” (available to stream until 11:59 p.m. June 19) — will feature a new full-length work on the Dance Theatre of Harlem Facebook page and YouTube channel each Saturday at 8 p.m.

Robert Garland’s “Return” debuts on the platform June 20, with live commentary by company artist Lindsey Donnell on the YouTube chat. Choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 30th anniversary, the ballet is set to the music of James Brown and Aretha Franklin. While waiting for the video to premiere, viewers can check out Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Vessels,” available until midnight June 21.

Dance Theatre of Harlem will also be hosting a Juneteenth and Black Music Month dance party Friday at 8 p.m. on Zoom. (Registration required. Click here for more details.)

Updated June 18.

Top Image: Martha Graham Dance Company Dancers Xin Ying, Lloyd Knight, Lorenzo Pagano and Leslie Andrea Williams. Photo: Ricki Quinn.