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Posted on November 19, 2020

Intermission producer and Washington Ballet artist Katherine Barkman photo by Procopio Photography

Presented in partnership with Save the Children on December 10, InterMission will be streamed to audiences all over the world via YouTube for free, while providing viewers with secure and convenient opportunities for donating directly to the charity throughout the programme. The online spectacle will showcase performances by top ballet principals including Daniel Ulbricht, Julian MacKay, Katherine Barkman, Sebastian Vinet and Tess Voelker.

Organised by Vinet and Barkman, InterMission was the outcome of seeing their crammed performance calendars wiped clean by the pandemic. “With all the uncertainty and pain we are facing in these challenging times, we are deeply concerned about the next generation – not only of the arts but of the world,” says Vinet. “Children represent the future of the world and of the arts, so by giving them the support and the right opportunities to succeed, not only we are helping to improve human lives, we are also nurturing our future artists.”

Intermission founder and director Sebastian Vinet photo by Paulo Garcia

InterMission founder and director Sebastian Vinet. Photograph: Paulo Garcia.

The online spectacle will also showcase performances by top ballet principals Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell (Ballet West), Lloyd Knight (Martha Graham Dance Company), dancer-choreographer Eduardo Zuñiga, and actress-dancer Juliet Doherty.

Filmed and performed safely across three continents, InterMission captures the splendour of nature, the joy of movement, and the freedom of self-expression. Barkman adds: “We chose dancers who represent excellence in the industry, both on stage and off. It wasn’t so much about fame or recognition but rather who that person really was and what they had to say through their dancing.”

InterMission will be available for viewing worldwide beginning December 10 at 8pm EST on YouTube and other streaming platforms. Follow InterMission on Facebook and Instagram.

Pictured: InterMission producer and Washington Ballet artist Katherine Barkman. Photograph: Procopio Photography.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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