5 free events to stream, from ‘Carousel’ to Dance Theatre of Harlem

5 free events to stream, from ‘Carousel’ to Dance Theatre of Harlem

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: ‘The Deep Blue Sea’
When: Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: The National Theatre YouTube channel

Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play “The Deep Blue Sea” makes its way onto the virtual stage, courtesy of the National Theatre’s at-home streaming series. Set in postwar London, the Carrie Cracknell-directed revival stars Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer — a role that garnered the actress acclaim for her impassioned portrayal of a woman in despair. The play will stream until July 16.

While waiting for the production’s July 9 debut, why not check out the National’s stream of “Les Blancs,” the final play by Lorraine Hansberry? Directed by Yaël Farber and adapted by Robert Nemiroff, the 2016 capture is available until 5 p.m. July 9.


Shayla Lawson and Ashley C. Ford in Conversation
When: Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Strand Book Store Facebook page and Zoom

If you’re looking for a good book talk, poet and author Shayla Lawson will share insights about her newest publication, “This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls and Being Dope” — a collection of essays centered on Black womanhood. The author of three books of poetry (“I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean,” “A Speed Education in Human Being” and “Pantone”), Lawson will join writer Ashley C. Ford to discuss the work.

In an essay on Mailchimp’s “By The Books” (an online literary festival curated by Ford, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman), Lawson explains the story behind the word “major” in her title, concluding with parting line: “I am not a minor character in someone else’s lead narrative. I am the whole story. I am the largest thing I will ever become.”


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’
When: Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Lincoln Center at Home website

Lincoln Center at Home continues its Broadway Fridays series with the New York Philharmonic’s presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” The production features Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn in a concert version of the 1945 musical. New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild (who has since retired) perform the dance sequences, choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton and John Cullum are also among the star-studded cast.

If you miss the debut of the production, don’t fret. The stream will be available until Sept. 8.


A Communal Writing Experience
When: Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Center for Fiction via Zoom; registration info

Sometimes all you need to shake the writing doldrums is dedicated time and community. This free event presented by the Center for Fiction has both. During the session, participants will take pen to paper (or fingers to keys) to write silently for 45 minutes. The block of time will be followed by a meditation focused on hands, led by certified Jivamukti yoga teacher Virginia Chang.

Why the dedication to hands? “While writing, you almost take your hands for granted,” the event posting reads. “While your brain focuses on the words to be written, they quietly do the work. We will nourish our hands and appreciate all that they do for us.”

The format of the event draws from Ellen Sussman’s “unit system,” as laid out in the Poets & Writers essay “A Writer’s Daily Habit: Four Steps to Higher Productivity.”


Works & Process: 50 Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem
When: Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Dance Theatre of Harlem YouTube channel

When Dance Theatre of Harlem performed as part of last year’s Works & Process season at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the program marked a homecoming. Formed in 1969, the company made its official New York debut in the museum’s rotunda in 1971. Titled “Works & Process at the Guggenheim Celebrates 50 Years of Dance Theatre of Harlem,” the program featured performances of co-founder Arthur Mitchell’s “Tones II,” three themes from George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments,” and Dance Theatre of Harlem Resident Choreographer Robert Garland’s “Nyman String Quartet #2.”

On Saturday, the 2019 event will make its full-length virtual premiere as part of the company’s ongoing digital series, DTH On Demand. The stream will be hosted by Caroline Cronson, producer of Works & Process, and will include a live interactive chat on YouTube with company artists Christopher Charles McDaniel and Derek Brockington.

Leading up to the event, viewers can get a behind-the-scenes peek into works featured in the program — from a conversation about “The Four Temperaments” on Thursday to reflections on Arthur Mitchell on Friday.

Top Image: Dance Theatre of Harlem in "Tones II," choreography by Arthur Mitchell. Photo: Robert Altman/Works