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An Animated Paris Opéra at the Movies

The new animated ballet film Leap!, set in Paris in 1884, tells the story of 11-year-old orphan Félicie Milliner, who lives in the countryside and dreams of dancing at the school of the Paris Opéra Ballet. To get in, Félicie borrows another dancer's identity. Voice talents include Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen. The film's choreography was overseen by Aurelie Dupont, the new director of dance at POB. Leap! will be released nationwide on April 21.

Update: The film's U.S. release has been pushed back to Aug. 30.

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How Do You Make a Theater Safe Again?

Last summer, months before the word "coronavirus" became part of our daily lexicon, American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus started working with an unexpected expert: Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard's H.T. Chan School of Public Health and head of the university's Healthy Buildings Program. According to Boston Magazine, Paulus was starting to plan out A.R.T.'s new venue at Harvard, and wanted to design a "healthy" theater.

So when COVID-19 began shutting everything down, the team had already put in months of work considering how to make a performing arts venue safe. To share their ideas with other theaters, A.R.T. published a blueprint online that will be continually updated. Although the "Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater" is not meant to be comprehensive or prescriptive, it offers several insightful factors to consider:

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