News: The Space launches

Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Carmel Smith

B-Boy Ata (Finland) features in live streaming from Breakin' Convention on Monday 7 May.

The new Arts Council/BBC digital arts service, which will make a huge range of arts projects freely available on line and accessible via computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TV, goes live today.

As well as specially commissioned work for The Space, the channel features archive material from the Arts Council’s own collection , the British Film Institute and as an opening highlight a virtual reconstruction of DJ John Peel’s home studio, with highlights of his extensive record collection. Something new will be added every day during the six month pilot project, providing a record of a summer which will include the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival, the Diamond Jubilee, the World Shakespeare Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.

One of the first streamed events on The Space will be this Bank Holiday Monday’s Breakin’ Convention – live from Sadler’s Wells. In its ninth year, the International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre takes over the main stage, studio theatres and foyers of the theatre for the whole weekend with a packed programme of acts from the UK and around the world. Some of the acts who will feature in the live stream include:
House That Union Jack Built *(UK), *B-Boy Ata (Finland), Clash 66 (France/Korea), Avant Garde (UK), Gemini (France), ILL-Abilities (International) Storyboard P (USA) Boadicea (UK) and Vagabond Crew (France). The streaming starts at 4pm and can be seen on Sadler’s Wells, Breakin’ Convention, or The Space.

The Space dance section launches today with three films from the BBC’s Dance for the Camera series which ran for ten years from 1993 – featuring work by choreographers Aletta Collins, Mark Murphy and Ian Spink – as well as artists Gilbert and George talking about their ‘dance sculpture’ Bend It.

The Space will initially run as a six month pilot project. Amongst the dance highlights will be a ‘cinematic interpretation’ of Russell Maliphant’s Rodin Project, film versions of songs from the new British Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls (being produced by Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Kneehigh), a 30 minute film in ten episodes of a new site specific show for children and families from Dance Xchange Birmingham and a 15 minute magazine show series Come Dance with Me, from Dance East, with New Art Club.

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