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What the Absence of Live Performance has Meant to Artists and to the Human Experience
by Thor Steingraber for Ventura BLVD

For the past seven years, I have worked at The Soraya, a bustling arts center on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Nowadays, the occasional visit to my office feels like something out of an eerie movie—166,000 square feet, typically buzzing with activity, now stands as a time capsule.

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Announcing one of the most ambitious international dance film projects ever undertaken.

Films.Dance engages more than 150 artists from 52 cities in 25 countries, culminating in 15 short films that have been shot during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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