News: Digital Futures in dance

Monday 15 August 2011

Digital Futures in Dance conference.
Image: Jonah Bokaer

A three day conference in September gives artists, promoters, producers, venues, academics, creative and digital companies the chance to come together to discuss future possibilities for dance and technology. With twenty speakers from around the world, six live performances and a range of installations and media works, Digital Futures in Dance will look at how rapidly developing digital technologies create new conditions for choreographing, presenting and experiencing dance. It will take place from 8 – 10 September at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth.

The conference programme offers examples of gaming technologies, infra-red motion capture, animation, immersive environments, interactive scenographies, online and screen based platforms, social networking technologies and thought-driven reality simulation. Through presentations, interactive workshops, performances and installations, the conference will explore the fluidity between forms and new digital technologies and how the mixing of the latest software can transform the way how audiences and artists will experience dance in the future.

Eckhard Thiemann, conference programme director, says: “Through the combined expertise and partnership of three leading dance organisations (Dance South West, South East Dance and DanceDigital) and Bournemouth University we have been able to bring together a fantastically rich and inspiring conference programme. This is an opportunity to listen to the latest developments, watch performances and installations, learn new skills in practical workshops and to network. We structured the conference around three broad themes: The Expanded Stage, Body & Data, and Social Interaction, capturing the different dimensions where dance and technology meet for audiences and artists.”

Some of the leading thinkers and creators in dance and media technology from around the world will be taking part in the conference They include BAFTA award-winning media producer Anthony Lilley (CEO of Magic Lantern) , award-winning German dance company Silke Z./resistdance, “Contemporary Dance’s renaissance man” (New York Times) Jonah Bokaer (US), groundbreaking artists’ collective BADco (official selection 54th Venice Biennale 2011), the inventor of influential choreographic software ISADORA, Mark Coniglio, founder of and Marlon Barrios Solano (Venezuela, New York, Geneva) as well as UK based dance artists Matthias Sperling (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance) and Billy Cowie, who has been making 3D installations for several years.

In the initial stages of planning for Digital Futures in Dance three artists were offered an opportunity to research and develop new methods of using technology in the creative process. Nick Rothwell, Rita Marcalo and Ben & Will Duke each received a £3,000 bursary and support from a DFiD partner organization and they will present the outcome of their research during the conference.

Full Price: £100
Concessions: £75 (freelance artists, students, unemployed)
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