Like more and more arts organisations, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) are being imaginative under our current restrictions to continue to support their participants. As part of the joint venture’s engagement programme, a week-long digital festival celebrates the creative output of the various groups involved in it. After creating and practicing via Zoom for the past 14 months, the results can be shared via the upcoming Digital Buzz Festival.
The programme features regular classes run by Dundee Rep and SDT and includes associated artists, past participants and local talent some of whom are the Beautiful People – a group for people aged 55+ who are all about forging new connections and exploring new drama and theatre techniques; Do Your Thing – a dance class for disabled and non-disabled amateur dancers and the 16 – 18 youth theatre – a collective of young performers from across the local area.
There will be an opportunity to see brand new work from emerging artists such as Lewis Fraser that explores men’s mental health; celebrated young choreographer Taylor Han and SDT company dancer Solene Weinachter. There will be panel discussions exploring the challenges and opportunities of making digital performance during the Covid-19 pandemic and our very first online open mic night featuring music-made-at-home from across the city.
Jess Thorpe, Associate Director (Engage) at Dundee Rep said “The Digital Buzz Festival showcases the creativity and commitment of the brilliant participants and emerging artists that are part of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. Since our building closed in March 2020 it has been so inspiring to watch our community adapt to the challenge of working online and develop new and innovative approaches to making performance. We are so proud to share this digital moment with our audiences and to celebrate everything that has been achieved this year.”
Also coming up on 2 July is a live streamed performance from Resonate Dance Company called When The Lights Go On, a contemporary choreographic work exploring the embodied sensations we feel in these moments. The piece asks: How do you feel when the lights go on and the performance begins? When the idea sparks and you gain clarity? When the path ahead becomes clear and bright?
Resonate Dance Company, that was established in March 2020, consists of a small group of care experienced young people from Dundee and Angus with a passion for the arts using a process has been a combination of in person and digital learning with a love for all things movement. Tickets are available from the Dundee Rep website.
Digital Buzz Festival runs from 22nd – 25th June 2021 is free to access but ticketed.