You could help to create unique dance showcase in Leeds

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Hundreds of people from across the globe are helping to create a unique dance performance that will have its world premiere in Leeds.

The innovative project by Leeds-based Yorkshire Dance is already making waves on the internet, attracting contributors from as far afield as Egypt, the US and Israel.

Robbie Synge in his contemporary dance 'Douglas'

Robbie Synge in his contemporary dance 'Douglas'

And people in Leeds are being urged to get involved – whether they are dance aficionados or have never watched a performance in their life.

Antony Dunn, from Yorkshire Dance, said: “We’re very excited about how respond_is working so far, and ambitious to see this new digital platform in use all over the world in the next few years.” He added: “This could really help us break down some barriers.”

Almost 4,000 people have so far visited www.respondto.org. Users from around the world logged on to view and comment on Douglas, a piece of contemporary dance by Robbie Synge.

A different group of participants, guided by researchers from the University of Leeds, watched a film by Hagit Yakira which showcased her work Air Hunger, before a question and answer session with Hagit.

Both artists are now back in the studio, developing their dances, with all the feedback and ideas fresh in their minds.

The aim of the research and development project is to test how a website might advance issues such as audience engagement and artistic development, using the Critical Response Process (CRP) feedback system.

From November 14 to 21, the dancers will present new films online, revealing how their work has developed. And members of the public are encouraged to log on to have their say. Both performers will showcase their finished pieces at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds on December 5 and 6.

The year-long project has been funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

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