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Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell goes up for a shot with Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker in tow during an NBA conference semifinal playoff game, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

4 lessons from the NBA bubble for the future of live arts performance

The successes of the NBA's #WholeNewGame provide important lessons for performing artists about audience investment and hybrid digital-live events.
Opera singer Natalie Aroyan poses for a photograph ahead of the 2020 season launch of Opera Australia’s Attila in Sydney last year. Performances were cancelled due to COVID-19 in March this year. Bianca De Marchi/AAP

As COVID wreaks havoc in the performing arts, do we still need a national opera company?

Opera Australia has been hit hard by the pandemic's economic impact. It's time to rethink our approach to funding opera, with a focus on local companies.
Actors are often required to tap profound emotions in their performance, which is one of the reasons for poor mental health in the industry. Shutterstock.com

Out of character: how acting puts a mental strain on performers

While we appreciate an actor's craft on the stage, the deep emotions they draw on in performance take their toll on mental health. Actors need to "take off" their characters to return to normal life.

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