At the world’s leading performing arts venues — like Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonic Hall, the Bolshoi Theatre — artists, costume designers, musicians, stage crews and many more all come together to create the perfect moment on stage. In a new virtual exhibition from the Google Cultural Institute and more than 60 performing arts organizations you can experience dance, drama, music and opera alongside some of the world’s leading performers — onstage, backstage and with a 360 degree-view of the action.
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The new Performing Arts exhibition gives you a view that’s even closer than a front-row seat in the opera house. With 360-degree performance recordings you can choose a dancer’s-eye view of the crowd, or look down from the stage into the orchestra pit. At the Paris Opera, you can stand in the middle of the largest stage in Europe, surrounded by dancers performing choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s moves. You can also choose to sit between the woodwinds and strings at Carnegie Hall with a full view of Maestro Nézet-Séguin. Don’t worry if you’re underdressed as you tour the Berliner Philharmoniker’s rehearsal performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with conductor Sir Simon Rattle — you’ll see the orchestra is not in black tie either.
Beyond the performance itself, new indoor Street View imagery gives you an all-access backstage pass to the venues. Wander through the wig workshop at Brussels’ Opera House, look beneath the stage at the historic underground arches of the Fundação Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, or zoom in on ultra-high resolution Gigapixel costume images at France’s National Centre for Stage Costume.
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The Google Cultural Institute was founded in 2011 to bring the world’s treasures to anyone with an Internet connection. Now you can also visit dozens of the world’s stages together in one place —across mobile, tablet and desktop at g.co/performingarts and on the Google Cultural Institute website.
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