Music and dance occupy a special role in building social cohesion and community resilience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new website, Music across the balconies, encourages people to share, document and engage in the movement.
While a biological virus travelled rapidly across the globe, in parallel a more hopeful contagion spread virally via online social networks – a movement of online music and dance engagement to keep us connected while we are physically isolated.
Many languages, cultures and geographical locations meeting on the common ground of music/dance and flattening the curve. In countries from Iran and Spain to India and Germany, people have been taking to their balconies, windows, rooftops, living rooms and gardens to play music, show gratitude, and share the salve that is music and dance.
Follow the links to view, participate in and create this movement and contact us to update us on your own initiatives and events or to contribute blogs on your experience and tips for successful online music and dance engagement.
The role of performing arts under COVID-19
Music across the balconies was created to encourage knowledge sharing and exchange. We are documenting the artistic outputs that are emerging during the COVID-19 lockdown and developing studies on how and why artists and audiences are participating in online performing arts under lockdown.
The team is led by Professor Jane Davidson.