If you are an opera or ballet fan you must know how expensive the ticket is and how difficult it is to get the seat with the perfect view. However, with Google now you can pay virtual visits to the famous concert venue and experience performances from onstage. The leading search engine company has released a series of immersive video performances called Performing Arts from its Google Cultural Institute website.
Google Cultural Institution, which started its journey in 2011 as an online home for works of art from various institutions, has become extensive by launching the new Performing Arts. Now you can stand virtually on the stage, use your mouse to manipulate a 360-degree video that allows you to see the performance from many angles of the world’s leading art venue, such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Bolshoi Theatre.
“Wander through the wig workshop at Brussel’s opera house, look beneath the stage at the historic underground arches of the Fundação Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, or zoom in on ultra-high resolution Gigapixel costume images at France’s National Centre for Stage Costume, before browsing more than a hundred interactive stories about the shows, the stars and the world behind the scenes, ” Amit Sood, Google Cultural Institute director wrote in a blog. “If you’re lucky enough to be planning an in-person visit to one of these venues, you can tour them in Street View first to see where you’ll be sitting, or how the view is from the balcony.”
Though the series of videos are called “virtual exhibition”, you don’t need any VR headset. Rather, the videos are designed to be viewed through your browser. Using Google Street View, you can enjoy the arts in a way like never before. You can not only enjoy the onstage performance, but also have a backstage passes at each of the venues. So, have a virtual tour around the venue, check out the costumes, and peek underneath the stage. Your choice!
Though Google hasn’t announced anything yet, may be it won’t take a long time when you can enjoy the virtual tour using your VR headset. And if you think those in depth footage will discourage people to visit those places in real life, you might get wrong. According to its program manager, Piotr Adamczyck, foot traffic has actually gone up for those institutions that have decided to put their work in the Google Cultural Institute.