The Performing Arts w/Google 360˚

One of the greatest gifts we have as a species is the ability to tell stories. And when we tell our stories we do so in wonderfully diverse ways such as music, dance, voice and many more. Now you can get up close and personal with some of these storytelling techniques thanks to the Google Cultural Institute and Google’s 360˚ capture technology.

Choose from a list that includes Music, Opera, Theater, Dance, and Performance Art and then head off on an immersive journey. Access images, video, and map locations relating to the various types of performances and their venues. Then, click on the 360˚ icon to travel to that location and experience things as if you were there! Use the map icon in the bottom-left corner to access the available cameras and any additional media choices. The site can be accessed by both desktop and mobile devices.

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I chose to travel to Carnegie Hall and observe the orchestra as they played. I watched as their hands and fingers manipulating the instruments, at times moving so fast that they became a blur, in order to create a beautiful-sounding performance.

INTEGRATION

  • While nothing can beat the real thing, for schools that struggle to fund field trips (who doesn’t these days, right?) to performing arts venues this site could be the next best thing.
  • Ask students to reflect on the sights and sounds that they consume through these unique points of view. What do you think it’s like to sit facing the audience? How does it feel to have all those stage lights focused on you? What do you think the performers are thinking about when they’re onstage?
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