Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed
Greenwich Dance has launched ArtsUnboxed, a new platform created to safely and sustainably create, produce and share work. Featuring new commissioned dance works from a diverse group of artists, ArtsUnboxed offers venues, festivals, dance organisations and schools across the country the opportunity to purchase everything needed to present these original creations in their own settings using local artists. Works featured focus on animating public spaces, engaging communities, and adding to traditional theatre programming in a way that will help venues reintroduce audiences back into their buildings. They include:
Dance:Connects from Joss Arnott Dance is a choreographic framework to help people create digital dance works that can be shared online or in person, celebrating and connecting people through dance. Joss Arnott Dance has created nine variations for a range of bodies and varying levels of experience.
Sarah Blanc has developed Familiar Spaces, an inclusive duet that explores the sense of memory and place, accessible to disabled and non-disabled artists for either digital or live settings.
Created by NOCTURN, The Riddle is an online outdoor dance experience where participants help the central character Pæn reengage with the outdoor world by using phones to find QR codes, solve riddles and share dance moves.
Pervez Live 2 Break has created Dance Your Socks Off an interactive dance game where participants earn points by learning and performing a number of different dance styles. This intergenerational game has been designed to be accessible to all ages and abilities.
Following its launch, a second phase of the project will open ArtsUnboxed up to other artists interested in using the platform to promote their work and ideas.
ArtsUnboxed offers a way of touring ideas rather than people. It has been designed to help support cultural employment at a local level while also offering further support through royalties to the original creatives beyond the commissioned period. It aims to complement the existing touring model that generally benefits large-scale companies and give independent artists the opportunity to have their work and ideas seen by more people.