We’ve rounded up a selection of performances and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Email us suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalist DW Gibson’s new book “14 Miles: Building the Border Wall” documents the construction of a portion of President Donald Trump’s wall, built along the United States-Mexico border in San Diego County. In his non-fiction account, he tells stories from local residents, collected over two years of reporting. On Wednesday, Gibson will join writer Luis Alberto Urrea to discuss the book.
If you miss this event and are still craving a good book discussion, the Center for Fiction will host a talk between writer and translator Padma Viswanathan and literary critic Miguel Conde at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Presented in collaboration with New York Review of Books and Words Without Borders, the event centers on Viswanathan’s translation of Graciliano Ramos’s “São Bernardo” from Portuguese.
When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater launched in 1958, “Blues Suite” announced the company. Choreographed by Alvin Ailey (who was 27 years old at the time of the ballet’s premiere), the work has since frequently appeared on stage, bringing with it music arranged by Brother John Sellers. Now, audiences will have the chance to see a 1985 recording of the piece online from July 23 to July 30 as part of the company’s digital series.
In addition to “Blues Suite,” audiences can watch Camille A. Brown’s “City of Rain” until 6:30 p.m. Eastern July 23.
If you’re looking for Romeo, we have a couple of places where you might spot the tragic lover. On Thursday, the Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly streaming series with composer Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” — which made its world premiere in 1867 at Théâtre Lyrique in Paris with a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. This live-capture of the ill-fated Shakespearean love story stars Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn and Robert Lloyd. Recorded on Dec. 15, 2007, the performance was conducted by Plácido Domingo.
Prefer a dance interpretation of the tale? The Royal Ballet is currently streaming choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” in full until July 24. Packed with drama, the performance features Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet and Matthew Ball as Romeo.
Top Image: A scene from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette," with Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna in the title roles. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.