Digital performing arts – not just for COVID, but the future

Live arts from home seems like a sugar hit for the times, but evidence shows we’re signing up for longer rides.
a group of classical musicans on stage and an audio engineer recording their concert

In these locked-in times, a device and good internet means live art is close at hand. We can visit the Louvre from Launceston, or be at the Opera House from acres away.

But is this switch to online just a stop-gap solution for the times?

The first steps by three Australian arts companies suggest that online live arts have long-term benefits, and their digital platforms are yielding surprising results.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).