Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Photo by Filip VanRoe, courtesy Marquee

Watch: Our 3 Faves From the New "Netflix for the Arts"

Your Saturday nights are about to go from "Netflix and chill" to "Marquee and chill." (Okay, maybe we'll need to coin a new phrase).

But seriously, the new streaming app Marquee Arts TV lets you curl up with Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake, Sylvie Guillem dancing Mats Ek's solo Bye, a dance film by Cullberg Ballet called 40 M Under, or a documentary about Alonzo King and LINES Ballet. Marquee unlocks a world of digital arts: dance, theater, opera, music, documentaries and film shorts that you can stream directly to your TV or mobile device.


Take a peek at excerpts from three of our favorite videos up right now:

The Royal Ballet of Flanders in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Pictures at an Exhibition


The four little swans from the Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake


Cie Revolution in Anthony Egéa's Bliss


Head of content Marc Kirschner says Marquee is working to curate performances and creations that people didn't know they needed in their lives. "We want to drive people into theaters for live performances, which is not something that Netflix has to be concerned with," he says. "The digital revenue for the companies we present is a small benefit; artists will be able to reach and grow their audiences."

The London-based tech company plans to offer data analytics to contributing organizations, so companies can see how many viewers watch their videos, how many then visit their website and in turn purchase tickets to a live performance. "Our data will give organizations better insights about their audiences," says Kirschner.

Released yesterday on iTunes, the Marquee Arts app is available across an array of devices. After a 14-day free trial, a monthly $8.99 subscription (or yearly $89.99) allows for unlimited streaming. For Dance Magazine readers, Marquee is offering a 20% off subscription code. Just enter dancemag at marqueearts.tv/subscribe by November 15.

Still from Bliss, performed by Cie Rêvolution/Anthony Egéa


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Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

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