After a one-year Covid-19 related break, Brighton Digital Festival returned to the city in October 2021 with a series of commissioned events and a programme of work created by and for the local community.
For 2021’s edition we explored how technology can develop dance as an art form through two panel discussions; the first about the use of robots in the South East Dance commissioned Prehension Blooms by Neon Dance, and the second on Robot Opera, a South East Dance supported research strand delving into the ramifications of robot presence in art. We will also demonstrated how technology can allow us to reach more people with dance with Murmuration Arts’s Social Distancing Club, an online tea dance welcome to anyone, but especially for those who are still isolating or are homebound. Finally, we were proud to present the world digital premiere of Sydney Dance Company's Years, an online work created in lockdown, set to Australian musician Stephen Emmerson’s reimagining of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Rewatch the two panel discussions below.