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Where I Go (When I Can't Be Where I Am) by Rachel Bagshaw and China Plate photo credit The Other Richard

Lessons from lockdown: creating theatre, dance and performance for digital audiences

Start Time:
16/09/2020, 11:00am
End Time:
16/09/2020, 12:30pm
Online event

About the event

As part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine programme, The Space supported the creation of 25 new works themed around lockdown.  For this free webinar, which The Space are hosting in association with Arts Council England, we’ve asked the creators of three of the pieces to share insights from their productions.

They’ll discuss how they rose to the challenge, what worked and what didn’t. We’ll find out what existing skills, methods, and resources proved super useful, what workarounds and digital tech made their vision possible, and how they used the constraints of lockdown as inspiration or impetus to make work that’s resonated with audiences on digital platforms.

Join our speakers to hear more about how they made the pieces whilst adhering to social distancing, share your experiences from across theatre, dance and performance of the last few months, and discuss how those might inform creative production in future.

Our speakers

Award-winning choreographer Corey Baker united 27 ballet dancers from across the globe to perform Swan Lake in their own baths. This memorable modern take on the classical ballet, filmed entirely remotely on smart phones, with innovative solutions to help stabilise and enable camera angles, struck a chord with audiences around the world and proved to be a viral sensation, having now been watched more than 6 million times.

Simon Wainwright is a founder and artistic director of theatre company imitating the dog. He’ll talk about their piece Airlock, a live action graphic novel when film noir and sci fi meet digital tech to explore big themes of isolation, despair and hope. Each member of the ITD company - performers, director and technologists – all worked from their own home throughout the process and Simon will explain how their previous experiences with creative tech enabled this process.

Cathy Mager is an artist, curator and producer. For her piece, Sign Night she was supported by Unlimited and collaborated with deaf performers living in self-isolation, illuminating Bridewell Island in Bristol with mysterious film projections revealing deaf culture in lockdown. Passionate about finding ways to reach excluded and isolated people, Cathy will talk about ways of working that can enable everyone to play a meaningful role in creating something amazing.

Further details

The webinar will be hosted on zoom and is intended for those working in the arts and creative industries, producing theatre, dance and performance.

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