Collaborating with young people of all abilities and ethic, social backgrounds in the targeted areas within Aberdeen to create a dance theatre performance. This project has support through funding from Unlimited Awards to create a venture which supports social enterprises with an idea to create sustainability for a company with social aims. This project fed on from an initial research period which took place during the Aberdeen International Festival 2016.
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Feeding on from previous work Movementcraft focuses on immersive performance in which the audience become part of the choreographic structure alongside the performers.
The topic of gaming is a vast one and has both negative and positive opinions on how young people are using these media platforms. Gaming/social media is said to be isolating and addictive but also a source of fun, children have always spent a vast amount of time playing on games, jigsaws and playing in general. Technology today provides another form of engagement. The crucial point to this development is to use a topic which is relatable and to then enable young people to be active and healthy through taking part in dance. The performance enables the young performers to engage with their families showing the skills they have learnt, work they have been part in creating and ultimately bring their families into their imagined world. It is a fantastic way for young people to interact with their parents\carers.
What did the Project Involve?
After an initial period of research from June to July 2017, over a two-week period, Liminal Dance collaborated with Dr Michael James Heron, http://michael.imaginary-realities.com/#research, Lecturer at Robert Gordon University to research the topic of gaming and implement a strong research based knowledge within the design of the work. Research looked into the topic of game accessibility and games with a design goal that includes some measure of positive engagement with the world around them. In the first week, Liminal Dance collaborated with younger participants in Aberdeen to create and develop the work. This is a new work and the participants will shape the piece alongside the professional artists. Liminal will explore the topic and play through creative tasks designed to structure the final piece. Alongside the dance workshops Liminal offered the opportunity for participants to get hands on experience of sound design and composition techniques for the Movement Craft production as well as develop visual projections, interactive lighting control and technology development for interactive performance. This allowed these participants to learn computer design skills which is a fantastic life skill in this increasing technology based world. The project opened the possibility for those who might not be interested in being involved in theatre but are interested in computer technology; Liminal combined the two together to offer the prospect to these people to be ultimately involved in dance theatre. In the second week Liminal Dance continued the ideas explored in the first week with the young people, discussing with Dr Michael James Heron possibilities to develop this work with the professional team and continue the relationship with Robert Gordon University and students studying on computer and technology courses.