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Crimson Coast Dance Online Symposium Our Hybrid Future

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Thursday, September 9th, 2021
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

As September approaches and reopening brings with it the chance for in-person live performances, artists from across the country are navigating the incredible impact of the pandemic on our sector. In this extraordinary time, artists have become innovative, digitally-engaged, and community-focused -- trying new things that have changed their practice - the way they make work and think about their craft - forever. As the doors to the theatre re-open, what will we find inside?

Join Crimson Coast Dance for OUR HYBRID FUTURE: A Symposium that explores the impact and opportunity of digital technologies on the performing arts. Over three weeks in September, this Symposium will bring together artists, presenters, Nanaimo to Toronto, the U.K and Switzerland, to explore, experience and engage with new digital technologies being used in the performing arts.

The Symposium team, including hosts Olivia Davies (O.Dela Arts) and Holly Bright (Crimson Coast’s Artistic Director and event Curator), have created three days of inspiring interactions during which attendees will reflect on and share learnings, new creation models, and digital successes as we navigate ‘re-entry’ and ‘re-opening’ with imagination, accountability, and care. Presenters from Canada and abroad (including Gilles Jobin, Lee Erdman, Luke Garwood, Freya Olafson, Andrea Nann, Osman-Zeki-Trosztmer, and Karma Lacoff and Son) will share case studies and take us on virtual field trips; exploring the possibilities for blending live and digital performances and presentations to build a hybrid future for the arts. 

“I had not imagined my having an interest in digital technologies and their applications in the arena of live performance.  What I have discovered through our pandemic pivoting is an evolving layer of magic within an art form that already transports audiences.  I am excited about what creatives are making and how they are sharing their discoveries with us through hybrid concepts.”   Holly Bright

Who is it for:  It is for Presenters, Curators, Dance Makers, Performing Artists, Technical Creatives and Community. Crimson Coast Dance is a West Coast based, small scale, presenter with big ideas. We invite participants to attend from our local and BC based community as well as those from organizations of all sizes, regionally, nationally and internationally.

What will we do: Masters of digital innovation in the performing arts share their latest projects and findings that integrate animation, projection and the four R’s; AR, VR, MR, XR.  Build your digital vocabulary with technological cliff notes for informed backstage conversations, and listen as one eight year old shares his Google Cardboard experiments. The Symposium will feature the work of changemakers Gilles Jobin, Lee Erdman, Luke Garwood, Freya Olafsen, Andrea Nann, Osman-Zeki-Trosztmer, and Karma Lacoff and Son.

We will meet online as an active community, we will reflect on and share learnings, new creation models, and digital successes as we navigate ‘re-entry’ and ‘re-opening’ with imagination, accountability, and care. Explore what hybridity (blending live and digital performance and/or creations) means to our sector, through virtual field trips, case studies, group conversation, and workshops on audacious digital innovations, including performative or engaged AR, VR and MR software, animation, and even an eight-year-old’s experimentation with Google Cardboard. Your Symposium Hosts, Olivia C. Davies and Holly Bright, will lead recuperative practices for essential self-care and sustainability in a digital age.

September 9: Artists, “The Work”  What have artists discovered during this time that has innovated how we create, perform, and engage with our communities? 

September 16: Technology, “How it Works” What is the language of this sectors roles and practices? How do collaborators, audiences and pandemics influence each other and amplify hybridity?

September 23:  Audience Engagement, “Who is seeing the work, and how?” How can we continue to work with technology to provide access to audiences? 

The Take Away: Find the wonder in hybrid performance. Talk practice and process. Meet the makers. Reflect and share. Learn new technologies. Connect one-on-one. Ask big questions. Build something new. 

Hit REFRESH and get set for the upcoming season. 

Register early to assure your spot: Entire package $45 | Day rate $25

Crimson Coast Dance is an artist led, non-profit charity that professionally produces dance events in the Central Vancouver Island Region. This event is supported by BC Arts Council, City of Nanaimo, Heritage Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.  We give our highest regard to the generous and patient people of the Snuneymuxw Nation on whose territory we do our work.

Cost: General: 25/day / $45 pkg
Category: Arts | Entertainment
Online Events
Location: Online
Virtual, Victoria
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Crimson Coast Dance

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