Live streaming and performance capture: reaching a wider audience online with limited resources

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Live streaming and performance capture: reaching a wider audience online with limited resources

March 24, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Space, with funding from Arts Council England, presents a workshop exploring how arts organisations and artists can extend audience access to live experiences by filming and sharing their work online.


We covered:

This workshop offered advice for creating work that’s right for your digital audience, whether this is new territory or you already have some experience, whether your budget is generous or limited. There was advice from capture and live streaming experts, and dos and don’ts from arts organisations who’ve succeeded. With a mix of presentations, case studies and group work, we covered the process from development, through production, to building an audience for the work. This included:

• Key considerations when embarking on a live stream and/or performance capture project.
• Live or on demand – the pros and cons of live streaming and of making a performance available after the event.
• Lower-cost approaches to filming your production.
• How to win an audience – the secrets of creating an engaging experience.



Producer, director and commissioning executive Helen Spencer has worked with more than 50 small and large scale organisations on works commissioned by The Space.  She discussed key production decisions, how to make the process work and how to keep your creative team happy. Plus, what you need to think about when it comes to rights clearances and how to engage an audience whether that’s for Facebook, YouTube, or any other platform.


Magnus Dennison – Meerkat Films – is a Newcastle based filmmaker, cinematographer and live streaming expert. He’s supported live streams of the Royal Academy-led Objects of Obsession series, Newcastle Centre for The Literary Arts’ The Mighty Stream and Tongue Fu’s live broadcast for National Poetry Day. Magnus gave a practical and entertaining overview of what to think about when you’re filming either for live stream or to distribute after the event.


Peter Trethewey is general manager of the choir and early music ensemble Ex Cathedra. Last year Ex Cathedra streamed a performance of Christmas music entirely by candlelight and Peter talked about how the production worked, and the impact it has had both in terms of building their audience and on Ex Cathedra as a small arts organisation.


Ros Robins is the Executive Director of Dance Consortium. Ros talked about Dance Consortium’s collaboration in celebration of sixty years of the internationally-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: an exclusive live masterclass followed by live Q&A hosted by choreographer and MC Hakeem Onibudo streamed to audiences in six dance venues across England and available online after the event.



The Box foyer – FarGo Village, Far Gosford Street
The Box foyer - FarGo Village, Far Gosford Street
CV1 5ED, Coventry gb