Presently, the world is reeling under the threat of the dreaded Pandemic Covid-19, which has been spreading all across the globe like wild fire. Several governments of nations worldwide, have imposed unprecedented lockdown of cities and countries to prevent further spread of the disease. Our country is no exception. Though the importance of social distancing and lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus cannot be stressed enough, yet these measures have caused huge repercussions on the socio-economic scenario of our country.
The Pandemic, like every other sector, has significantly affected the performing arts sector, too. Owing to the norms of social distancing as well as physical closure of venues, it has become nearly impossible to conduct rehearsals or put up shows. Performing arts involves activities performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music or dance. Artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. Thus performing arts involves interaction with audience, to a great extent. It is impossible to perform in front of a live audience in current situation. Thus the IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PERFORMING ARTS was a hard blow to this artistic genre.
THE SCENARIO WORLDWIDE
The IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PERFORMING ARTS was a hard blow. Live musical performances in indoor spaces have all been. Millions of the performers as well as those who accompany them are all going through a very tough time and there is no clear indication that when this will return to a modicum of what they used to be. Dance performances, too, are undergoing the same fate.
Impact on Creative Professionals
Creative professionals are going through a phase of tremendous uncertainty. Many of them are thinking of resorting to alternative modes of earnings.
Owing to a ban on any sort of mass gathering the theater groups had to cancel their rehearsals. As well as performances were postponed following the rule of social distancing. This scenario is same worldwide as all the Broadway theatres in New York are remaining closed till 3rd January 2021, while West End theatres in London are closed until 1st August 2020.
COPING UP FROM PANDEMIC COVID-19
Importance of culture and creativity in society:
Today, more than ever, the importance of culture and creativity for society is clear. In fact, people are going through a phase where they are facing the mental trauma of self isolation. Thus, fear of unknown often leads to panic. At this juncture, the availability of cultural content is very essential. It contributes to the mental health and well-being of the people. Many cultural associations as well as individual professionals are providing online and fee content in the recent weeks.. For the performers too, these digital performances are essential to keep in touch with the audience.
Actually, this time we all are in the same boat. Therefore, we need to understand the gravity of the situation and turn it favorable by being optimistic, co-operative and friendly. According to a well known theatre producer of the West, it will take 4-5 months for actors to return to the stage after social distancing. This ban on putting up of shows and dearth of cultural activities are creating a huge negative impact on the economy. Due to the closures, lack in revenues for cultural organizations which are reliant on ticket sales are expected to cause devastating effects on organizational staffing, as well as on independent artists and professionals.