A prominent theater in Russia reopens with a surprising offer to play to an audience of once.
Countries all over the world are finally slowly lifting lockdown restrictions since the declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic.
However, different industries including the culture and the arts sectors, knew they have to adapt with the “new normal.”
To address the social distancing measures imposed in the country, the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater said it will launch “One on One” performances in the next months.
The Theater is an Urals city company famed for its cutting-edge projects.
“A full-fledged performance cannot happen without the participation of an audience,” according to a report.
The audience will be picked through a lottery. If chosen, the person has to undergo a medical check before attending a performance.
Nonetheless, the performance will also be online.
Principal stage director Marat Gatsalov believed it was important to perform to an audience, even if it is only for one person.
“In the grand scheme of things, one spectator is the same as a full house,” he said.
Built in the 1870s, the Theater came from donations of wealthy businessmen.
As of June this year, Russia has 598,878 COVID-19 cases with 8,349 reported deaths.