Movement That Streams

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By Siobhan Burke

Have you ever tried watching an hourlong dance performance online, start to finish, without interruption? It’s not easy, at least for anyone mildly distractible. As the choreographer Annie-B Parson recently wrote in a Facebook post, “Watching one minute of anything on YouTube feels equivalent to an hour in the three-dimensional world.”

In this age of multitasking, a great virtue of live performance is that you can’t fast-forward, open a new tab or check your email as it unfolds. Your mind may wander, but it can’t stray too far. Yet even the most devoted dancegoers can’t see everything live. It’s expensive, time consuming and often geographically impossible: Outside major cities, there’s not much live dance to be seen.

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