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The Atlanta Opera has received a $500,000 grant for digital media equipment to create a studio that will give it the ability to broadcast film and web-based content.

The opera has filmed its fall Big Tent Series productions of Pagliacci and The Kaiser of Atlantis, and plans to announce in the coming weeks streaming options to see the performances online. The $500,000 grant comes from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

“To have the foundation deepen their investment in The Atlanta Opera through this gift, it’s a vote of confidence and demonstrates their belief in the opera as a long-term asset to our community,” Tomer Zvulun, the opera’s general and artistic director, said in a press release.

The opera made a substantial investment in August of equipment for a digital media studio to film the fall performances.

“This grant is a rocket booster to our film infrastructure,” said Ashley Mirakian, the opera’s chief of marketing and audience development. The grant will allow the company to film performances through the rest of the “Big Tent Series” in the spring and into the future.

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Atlanta Ballet postpones 2020-21 season

Atlanta Ballet has called off the remainder of its 2020–21 season due to the fall surge of COVID-19. The ballet had planned to begin its season in February with Giselle, Firebird and Stars and Stripes, which will move to the spring of 2022.

Gennadi Nedvigin

Gennadi Nedvigin

“Considering the surge in COVID-19 cases and after consulting with health officials, it has become clear that we cannot safely present the remainder of the season in the theater,” artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin said in a press release. “While there is nothing more we want than to perform onstage and in person, the health and safety of our patrons, dancers, staff and crew is our absolute priority. We will continue to develop creative ways to evolve and connect with audiences as we all adapt to a new way of living and dancing during a pandemic.”

At 2 p.m. this Saturday (November 21), the ballet will livestream a rehearsal featuring variations from classical ballets and original pieces choreographed by Atlanta Ballet dancers for next year’s Silver Linings program. The session is free. Register HERE.

The ballet has scheduled two livestreamed performances of Silver Linings in partnership with the Rialto Center for the Arts and GSUTV, Georgia State University’s broadcast system. They’ll be livestreamed via GSUTV on February 12 and March 19, 2021.

“The pandemic has produced so many obstacles and challenges, but we continue to trust that it is possible for something good to come from it,” Nedvigin said. “In our case, it has provided an opportunity for many of our dancers to discover and experiment with their own choreographic voices.”

The ballet hopes to secure an outdoor venue for a spring performance that will mix new works with past favorites.

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