Brighton Digital Festival 2021

Every year, we work in partnership with Brighton Digital Festival to programme digital dance events that explore how technology can help shape new ways to create and experience dance.


Robot Opera, Featuring a Mesmer robot designed and built by Engineered Arts and singer Loré Lixenberg. Performance devised by Evelyn Ficarra (Composer) and Tim Hopkins (Director).

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.

Prehension Blooms Panel Discussion

RObot OPera Panel Discussion

A blue duotone composite of the Prehension Blooms panel -Adrienne Hart, Helena Webb, Sebastian Reynolds, Hemma Philamore and Ana Rajcevic

Watch again - Prehension Blooms Panel Discussion

Rewatch a panel discussion about Neon Dance’s Prehension Blooms.

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Watch again - Prehension Blooms Panel Discussion
Pink duotone composite image of the panel - Evelyn Ficarra, Elizabeth Jochum, Tim Hopkins and Janine Fletcher

Watch Again - Robot Opera Panel Discussion

Rewatch a panel discussion about Robot Opera

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Watch Again - Robot Opera Panel Discussion