In the following thread, I hope to raise questions and then try to answer them with a view to reflecting on how ILP tech and the Coil based platform could change how Dance is performed, received, reviewed and monetised all in a fairer, more inclusive and newer way than is currently available. Please do come up with more questions, ideas and any other thoughts around the topic so that together we can discover new ways of working and bring the dance communities output into the 21st century
Q. "Where can you see it?"
In 2019, Dance as a source of visual entertainment, both Live and Recorded, is more widely available than ever before. However despite this explosion in the coverage and availability of digital dance content, there has yet to be a stand alone dedicated platform for the art form.
If you want Music, that is a different story altogether, with Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp just some examples of where you can find all the greatest music artists and talent in place, with easy to understand prices and subscription models. The same can also be said for movies and tv shows, accessible anywhere on any device.
And yet I defy anyone to tell me of a website, platform or app that takes all the greatest dance and choreography from all over the world, and gives it is own dedicated platform, with a clear subscription fee and works categorised and arranged in a way that is easy to understand and navigate.
Opera houses, modern stages and studio theatres are where live dance performance currently finds its home. There are also new choreographers working with art galleries, in public places, at factory venues and outdoor spaces to record or perform their work live in new and challenging environments.
Online, forward thinking companies such as the Royal Ballet, New Adventures and Scottish Ballet are creating online only live streaming experiences, digital only releases and live cinema feeds of their works being performed.
Screen dance is also alive and well, with many creators (including myself) now finding capture equipment more widely available and accessible due to advances in camera tech and mobile capture technologies. Dance on camera is celebrated all over the world with an ever expanding network of Dance Film Festivals connecting filmmakers and choreographers towards new and exciting outcomes.
and yet… I find myself asking the question, are companies like Youtube and Vimeo the true custodians of the wealth of dance talent emerging across out ever more connected world?
What I am proposing would be the worlds first ILP powered International Dance platform that would seek to become associated with major dance houses, ballet companies and production agencies, as well as independent creators, freelance dance artists and smaller community groups all over the world. Dance Classes, Live streamed performances, recorded works and experimental VR participation experiences could be found all in one place.
This is my first post, and I am aware I’m barely even scratching the surface of this topic, but please do join me in exploring the first question I am asking: Dance, Where Can You See It?