Well being for older adult through virtual interactions since COVID-19
The rise of virtual theatres
Digital programming and virtual interactions, initially considered to be stop-gap measures during the first few waves of the pandemic, ...
...may now be an important part of supporting many people’s health and well-being — including the well-being of older adults.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, group musical activities moved online, prompting a wave of virtual choir experiments and virtual orchestra offerings.
The performing arts allow performers and audiences to feel, be creative in community, express themselves and communicate or play through song, movement or storytelling.
Online performing arts
The program continues to be offered, with many participants indicating a preference to continue virtually.
Researchers have examined how group singing and movement fosters togetherness, community and social bonding.
Paradigm shift for music theatre
A multitude of new works, stagings and casting practices are highlighting and supporting the experiences of marginalized groups, by diversifying and queering the field, for example.
We embraced dancing from both a seated and standing position, to explore different levels and to accommodate different mobility ...
Music theatre meets universal design
..capabilities. Participants controlled how much they shared by deciding how visible they wanted to be on camera.
These opportunities also offer striking promise for bringing performers some of the same benefits as in-person music theatre experiences.
In some cases, they also facilitate new access to music in community, and allow participants to engage with the art form, while also maintaining social connection and interactivity. Who could ask for anything more?