5 Free Events: New works from ABT, ‘Marnie’ at the Met Opera and a lesson in lace

5 Free Events: New works from ABT, ‘Marnie’ at the Met Opera and a lesson in lace

Looking for something to do this week? Here are five free events to attend online.


Get inspired by new ballet works

What: ABT Today: The Future Starts Now
When: Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The American Ballet Theatre YouTube

American Ballet Theatre is celebrating its 80th birthday by presenting four new premieres from choreographers Gemma Bond, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Rudd and Pam Tanowitz. Like many performing arts organizations across the county, the ballet company has had to adapt to digital stages, and the works debuted as part of the evening’s festivities were all filmed in quarantined “ballet bubbles.”

Among the highlights are David Hallberg in a solo named “David” (created by Tanowitz and Jeremy Jacob) and principal dancer Calvin Royal III in a pas de deux — titled “Touché” and choreographed by Rudd — with João Menegussi.

The celebration will be feature appearances by Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts and Billy Porter. The evening benefits the company’s newly launched diversity, equity and inclusion program ABT RISE.


Enjoy some opera or theater

What: Nightly Met Opera Streams: “Marnie”
When: Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Met Opera website

If you’ve finished “The Queen’s Gambit” and are on the hunt for more impeccable 1960s fashion, look no further than Nico Muhly’s aesthetically mesmerizing “Marnie.” Based on Winston Graham’s 1961 novel, Muhly’s opera premiered during the Met’s 2018–2019 season and is making a reprisal as part of the institution’s nightly free streaming program.  The Nov. 10, 2018, live-captured performance stars Isabel Leonard, Iestyn Davies and Christopher Maltman, with libretto by Nicholas Wright and conducting by Roberto Spano.

What: The Fire This Time Festival Alumni Spotlight
When: Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Fire This Time Festival website and Facebook

Marking a new first for the acclaimed theater program, the Fire This Time Festival, presented in collaboration with FRIGID New York, debuts its inaugural alumni spotlight event. The evening showcases four performance pieces written by Roger Q. Mason and starring Wayne Brady, Larry Owens, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Ianne Fields Stewart, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Gillian Williams and Adam Hyndman.

If that’s not enough, special appearances will also be made by Lynn Nottage, Kevin R. Free and L Morgan Lee. A Q&A with Mason follows the streamed event.


Take a trip to London’s stages

What: Death of England: Delroy
When: Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: The National Theatre YouTube

The National Theatre in London is streaming the new Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ play “Death of England: Delroy,” which was canceled Nov. 4 amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. While audiences await the work to return to the stage in 2021, fans can catch Michael Balogun in the solo work for 24 hours following the play’s premiere.

Inspired by the short film “Dim Sum,” the production is the sequel to the writing duo’s “Death of England,” which was staged earlier this year.


Get a short but informative take on lace

What: Lace in the Met Collection
When: Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Facebook and YouTube

If you only have 20 minutes to spare this weekend, we recommend participating in this bite-sized art object history lesson. Metropolitan Museum of Art specialist (and lace sensation) Elena Kanagy-Loux walks viewers through the history of lace. The first textile acquired by the museum, the institution’s relationship to the intricate art dates back to 1879 and has resulted in holdings of more than 5,000 pieces.

Top Image: David Hallberg in the solo "David," by Pam Tanowitz and Jeremy Jacob. Photo: American Ballet Theatre.