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    Digital Performance Picks

    We miss seeing you in the Historic Asolo Theater, but we are pleased to share digital performance offerings available to you at home! 

    Please note that some of these offerings are time sensitive.

    ETHEL's Circus: Wandering City

    After its limited Sarasota premiere, you may now view ETHEL’s Circus: Wandering City. In partnership with ETHEL, the work’s creators, the full length recording of this performance is now available online. This multimedia musical journey inspired by the exciting and dramatic world of the American circus can be viewed here.

    Dance Theater
    Michelle Ellsworth’s Phone Homer

    As a stage artist, Ellsworth is a science-dance performance savant who regularly incorporates internet technology and pop culture into her hilarious theatrical plots and dances.  This plucky retelling of Clytemnestra is a great way to get your daily dose of Greek mythology.  Audiences who love dance theater with a humorous twist won’t regret paying the $5 watch fee to On The Boards TV, who are credited with making some of the best contemporary performance available in HD multi-camera recordings through their pioneering subscription service before it was cool.  OTB TV is waiving their normal subscription fees for COVID-19.  Ellsworth is a Choreographer and performance maker, MANCC Fellow (FSU) and Professor and Associate Chair at University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Dance.

    Latin Jazz on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts
    Tiny Desk’s library is wonderous, but here a mini Latin Jazz prescriptive to get started: 
    Alfredo Rodriguez Trio – USA/Cuba

    Alfredo Rodriguez is a Cuban born pianist, arranger and composer who has toured widely, and enjoyed the anointing of Jazz masters such as Quincy Jones during his ascent to concert and recording success.  Expressive, curious and uplifting, his approach to the piano carries the trademark percussiveness of the Cuban piano school, but also explores contrasting pop and Afro-Cuban melodies with experimental jazz with a daring confidence.   His trio is lean but mighty, and we hope to have them on the HAT stage sometime soon!


    Troker - México

    Guadalajara is known in Mexico and internationally as a center for new music in the Americas.  One of the town’s premiere jazz ensemble brings a special brand of Latin Jazz sounds mixed with contemporary electronic and rock elements, and familiar Mexican sounds of mariachi and other regional rhythms.  The have appeared in major festivals internationally, were featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.  We think Troker is a band to know.  If you need a quick dose of Jazz, check our this three song set:

    Art of Performance Remix

    Dahlak Braithwaite – RESET (1:49 minutes)

    Dahlak Braithwaite was scheduled to perform in the Historic Asolo Theater on March 13th.  We had to cancel all of our March performances while he was in dress rehearsal, and were so sorry you didn’t get to see Spiritrials.  We hope Dahlak will be back in the HAT soon, but wanted to share something he wrote shortly after he departed Sarasota:

    Indi-World Music

    Dhaka Braka

    As we dream about future music artists we’d like to see at The Ringling, the name Dhaka Braka always floats to the top.  This spunky, percussive musical ensemble from Kiev, Ukraine composes and creates songs that feel like tribal hymns and rallying dance cries of fellow travelers.  Enjoy a recording of a live concert from Mt. Hood Stage (2018) series here.

    Internationally known quartet Dakha Brakha reflects fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian «ethnic chaos» band music.  Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.  For more info visit:

    Contemporary Music and Dance

    The Baryshnikov Arts Center’s (BAC) Play BAC continues its broadcast of past performances for free online viewing.  The weekly releases feature select season works presented at the Jerome Robbins theater.  HAT’s off to our BAC colleagues for sharing this remarkable content.   

    Viewing is time sensitive. Find event and viewing details here, including downloadable playbills from original performances:

    Belarus Free Theater

    Belarus Free Theatre is a dynamic, groundbreaking Belarusian underground theatre group.  Some of you may remember them from their 2013 appearance at The Ringling’s International Theater Festival (RIAF).  Under the current political system the Belarus Free Theatre has no official registration, no premises, nor any other facilities. Rehearsals and performances (always free of charge for the public) are normally held secretly in small private apartments, which, due to security and the risk of persecution, must constantly be changed.  They are currently streaming their recorded works for 24 hour periods throughout May for free:


    The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams (Nightly, 7:30pm–3:30pm following day)
    As a special offering to the public during the months of COVID-19, The Met Opera continues to stream encore presentations from their Live in HD series nightly on their homepage from 7:30pm to 6:30pm ET the next day.  For a full schedule of the program, read more here:

    Performance Podcasts and Essays

    Besides an ever-evolving annual festival, Fusebox maintains a year round presence in Austin and online.  The Fusebox Festival is an innovative performing arts presenter and festival platform based in Austin, TX.  To learn about the latest performance practices, artist projects and forms, check out the Written and Spoken series here:

    Live Performance Streaming
    National Theatre Live

    If you haven’t experienced a National Theater Live screening at the Historic Asolo Theater as part of our On Screen series, then you can catch the second best thing with plays NTL has made available for free as rebroadcasts through their website. View NTL’s free access schedule