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Gene Pool#67: Beyond The Stage/John Darvell

Note cards on wall for planning performanceIs everyone who they say they are on the internet ? Dare You Watch employed viral and transmedia techniques to engage an audience with a live streamed performance. What impact could this cause in an area where ticketed seating is the traditional model of staging? John Darvell, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Nocturn Dance speaks at the Beyond The Stage conference, outlining his experiment with online narrative, responsive performance and stage direction with PostIt notes!

Held as part of part of SHPLive, the Arts Council England funded live stream programme based at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire, the Beyond The Stage conference highlighted creative approaches to developing new work for live streaming to an online audience.

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Viral Performance

Teaser image for Dare You WatchOver the last few months, I’ve been part of a hush-hush art project to promote the variously named or “Dare You Watch” live performance by Nocturn Dance. Combining a 4 hour live stream with a ticketed performance as the culmination, the means of promotion were equally part of the project for me.

We created several presences on Twitter, plus enigmatic email and web marketing to try to interest and audience who may not have responded had the event been tagged with the convenient label “Dance”.

As well as undertaking webmaster duties and operating some of our Twitter “puppets” I produced the live video stream of the event. With streaming being a topic that seems something of a trend at the moment, my approach has always been that we need to explore this format practically in order to gain a greater understanding of what works and how our viewers might Like to engage with it. This doesn’t need particularly expensive equipment to make a start and the learning that emerges is just as valid.

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Gene Pool#59: Beyond The Stage

Slaves to technology ? Contemporary dance artists, Joumana Mourad (iJAD Dance Company) and John Darvell (Nocturn Dance Company) speak about their current development projects which seek to engage with audiences using social media and the web. Their final performances can be viewed both online and in the Theatre, but are fundamentally informed by the inclusive thinking of internet culture.

Opinions and experiences within the wider dance community, relationships to technology and live performance along with the artists own thoughts about their funding guidelines from Arts Council England.

iJAD have been working on their “Secrets” project since 2011, attracting anonymous contributors to post secrets and untold stories on their website. This material then forms the basis of the evolving performance work, parts of which have been shared via live streaming video from the company’s rehearsal space.

Nocturn reference network addresses with their “192” project, which plants unexpected images and clues around both the web and real world locations in an attempt to attract the curious into viewing their ultimate, voyeuristic online experience.

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Gene Pool#59: Beyond The Stage

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