“…the theater is an amazing establishment…”
The theater is changing.
From the ancient Theatron to the Black Box, the theater has taken many forms over millenia based on the needs of artists and audiences alike. Today, theater is changing once more. Well, everything is changing. Our theaters no longer look like large gathering spaces. Instead, they look like living rooms, bedrooms, secluded paths, or quiet meadows. Like all evolution, this comes with a fair amount of discomfort. We at DDP believe that discomfort can lead to innovation.
What does that mean for dance?
Global stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 continue to present novel challenges for artists, dance organizations, and theaters, our community faces uncertainty about when and how theaters will reopen. We share the same caution as our audiences members about returning to traditional dance venues in the near future.
Although many existing dance companies have delved into their archival footage to present works online during this time of uncertainty, we asked ourselves: can you create a completely virtual platform for performance from the ground up? Can we create an arts venue for the 21st century?
We believe we can.
Digital Dance Project is launching a virtual theater experience where dancers and choreographers can network, collaborate, and continue to create art while we wait for the world to reopen. We believe that society needs high-quality art now more than ever, and we want to facilitate that process.
Why Digital Dance Project?
With the prevalence of dance content available on the internet, one may wonder what distinguishes DDP as an arts-producing organization. For a more concise explanation of who are and how we operate, check out this 4-minute video.
We want to explore dance’s adaptation to 21st-century challenges and technology.
Somehow, archival footage from our favorite companies cannot capture the experience of viewing a work designed and staged for live performance. What happens, we asked ourselves, if dance is created with virtual presentation in mind? Recognizing that creativity exists within limitation, we challenge choreographers to explore these limitations as they create brave new works for the modern world. Click here to meet our choreographers and see what they’re up to.
We want to put dancers and choreographers first.
Dancers and choreographers are at the heart of DDP’s mission. Leveraging technology to reduce costs allows us to pay our dancers and choreographers first. Read our FAQ to learn more about how we pay our artists.
We want to give back.
DDP recognizes that this is a challenging time for all of us, not just those within the arts. For this reason, $1 from every digital ticket sold will go to organizations working to make the world a safer, healthier place. Find out more about Digital Dance Project’s charitable contributions here.
So how does this work?
Dancers and choreographers submit applications to be involved in the project, and our team finds the best fit for new works and for dancers based on our upcoming programming. Currently, we present a weekend screening quarterly. Check out our current schedule to see what we’re up to.
We provide choreographers with a growing list of affiliated dancers to work with virtually. Have a dancer you’d like to include in your work? Have them apply to become a DDP dancer!
All meetings and rehearsals are conducted online to abide by social distancing recommendations. Dancers will film the choreography based on the choreographer’s parameters. Choreographers take those video clips and edit them together for a weekend film-festival style event that audiences can enjoy from the comfort and safety of their homes!
Be part of our journey.
Audience members can get in on the action early by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Blog! We’ll provide updates on upcoming performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews on social media. DDP is creating an innovative dance experience, and we invite you to step inside our digital dance theater.