Updated: March 9, 2021
A Message from Rob Bailis, Artistic & Executive Director, The Broad Stage
As we mark the one-year anniversary of being safer-at-home, it is incredibly heartening to see that measurable progress is being made toward the end of the pandemic — the days are moving faster now and feeling more hopeful too. While the precise time frame is still a bit ambiguous, we can now safely say that we will see you soon!
The Broad Stage has endured the extreme challenges of this time because you have stood by us, and for that we are deeply grateful. Refashioning ourselves as a digital stage meant setting out into uncharted territory, and that may have been the most visible shift. Equally important have been the bold steps we've begun to take toward a more inclusive view of our shared human potential and the tone that sets for our future as an arts organization, one filled with a profoundly diverse array of world class artists coming to our stage and a renewed commitment to discovering what our community is capable of when we work together.
The year has been filled with unforgettable moments, including Scott Silven's interactive illusions in The Journey, the one and only Arturo Sandoval performing a concert filmed live on our stage with no audience, our first drive-in with Dance Camera West "Best of the Fest" international dance film festival, Heartbeat Opera's livestreamed visual album Breathing Free and Red Hen Press Poetry Hour featuring State and National Poet Laureates, skillfully hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh. Our wonderful Members also enjoyed a star-studded Holiday Extravaganza, a Glass/Schubert listening party with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, special Salon Series talks with artists and more.
Over the remaining Spring months, we anticipate continued digital programming, followed by small outdoor events later in the Summer, larger outdoor events by the Fall and, with any luck in Winter, a return to indoor performances. Please know, however, that a return to live, in-person performance requires the reboot of an entire industry. We cannot ignore the impact on our sector, including excessive job loss, impinged creative processes of artists, travel and touring restrictions and the dramatic loss of organizational income.
The Broad Stage is definitely not immune to these challenges, but we are full of optimism and ambition. We will know more as the state and county provide guidelines for reopening, and you will be the first to hear about our plans.
In the meantime, please stay tuned for exciting new programming announcements at the end of the month.
Artistic & Executive Director