Google adds digital performing-arts portal, with 360-degree videos

Posted on: December 1, 2015

“Stand, virtually, on the stage of the Palais Garnier, among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet,” writes Michael Cooper in Tuesday’s (12/1) New York Times. “Use your mouse to manipulate a 360-degree video that allows you to see them from many angles…. Or go onstage at Carnegie Hall, where the video places you smack in the middle of the Philadelphia Orchestra as it plays a rousing ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin…. The 360-degree videos are part of an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups that went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives. The Google initiative is now moving into the performing arts … with more than 60 groups from around the world … providing the content and Google providing the gee-whiz technology…. Groups participating in the new exhibition include American Ballet Theater … the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Opera, the Rome Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic.”

Posted December 1, 2015