In September 2013, Yorkshire Dance, in partnership with Breakfast Creatives and the University of Leeds, was chosen by Nesta, Arts Council England and Arts & Humanities Research Council as one of over 60 arts and cultural projects to receive funding from the £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Each of the R&D projects is testing the use of digital technologies to widen audience access and engagement in the arts, with the purpose of developing useful products, services and knowledge for the wider arts and cultural sector.
The partnership used the award of £125,000 to build respond_, a responsive online platform that encouraged audiences and the wider public to become more actively engaged in the creation and interpretation of contemporary dance. A digital adaptation of Liz Lerman‘s renowned Critical Response Process (CRP), the technology was designed to enable participants to interact directly with artists; share their feedback and interpretations of artistic ideas and works-in-progress; and exchange their ideas with others on the site.
Some of the award money was used to commission two new dance works which were developed through the digital adaptation of CRP, Robbie Synge's DOUGLAS and Hagit Yakira's AIR HUNGER, both of which received their world premiere performances at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds, in December 2014.
Supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts – Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
This film is an AlterNative Pictures production