Other faculty members found it more challenging to perform on the Zoom platform. Daniel Gwirtzman, an assistant professor of dance, chose to present a series of 100 slides of photographs of his modern dance company in New York City. The photos showed members of the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company performing in outdoor spaces around the world.
After his presentation, Gwirtzman said, “I really was so excited in a way one has a rush or gets a certain high after a performance. So even though I wasn’t dancing, having the opportunity to share 20 years of work with such a selected and interesting cohort of colleagues — for someone to have some uplifting and some type of joy is really possible from this program.”
A regular spectator of the series, Lauren O’Connell, a professor of art history, said that watching her colleagues perform was “a compelling distraction,” especially after a full day of teaching classes on Zoom. She has been logging into the performances from her living room two to three times a week.
“When you’re listening to the performances, you’re just really absorbed by it,” O’Connell said. “There’s just a hopefulness in the idea that individuals can still reflect and create and look forward. I think one of our problems is our sense of uncertainty about what’s ahead. I think these artistic performances give you a sense of hope.”