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The Pandemic Is Remaking What Performance Can Be

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The Pandemic Is Remaking What Performance Can Be
As social-distancing measures begin to take hold in the United States, we study images from around the world, where iconic public streets and squares have sat mostly vacant for weeks. Some of these sites were fodder for artists and writers for centuries, but their total emptiness and silence had almost never been contemplated.

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Performances In Isolation

  • The world is used to seeing people performing in the iconic public streets and podiums all across the planet, it is a strange sight now, with near-total emptiness and silence as ‘Quarantine’ becomes the rule.

  • Performance artists, who usually rely on small and big crowds, are now springing up in their homes and balconies, and of course, online, live-streaming their performances to the entire world while being isolated from it.

  • Even though most of the events, news, interaction and performances are now online, whatever is left of our confined lives has started to appear more real.

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