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Tom Dale Dance ‘Digitopia’ Interview Feature

Such is the way of things in the wider world of dance that it has been almost three years since we last featured a piece of work from Tom Dale Dance. on that occasion it was Refugees of the Septic Heart and this time out it is a work for children entitled ‘Digitopia’.

The work features two real life dancers, playing two characters called Dotty and Hex, and one other dancer in the form of automated, for the most part, video projection effects that cover the entire stage.

The company tell us this much about the work;

“Dotty’s friend Hex is a simple two-dimensional line. He can make angles and the most he can make is six. His favourite shape is a hexagon. He’s happy with this, but one day he really wants to make a curve. With a lot of effort he learns to bend, then multiply, and suddenly he can create all kinds of shapes, eventually popping into three dimensions, discovering he can turn into anything he wants to. Join Dotty and Hex in this fantastical wonderland for a roller coaster ride of digital surprises

Tom Dale Company creates extraordinary performances that bring together urban contemporary dance, electronic music and digital art.”

For our feature we spoke with company AD Tom Dale and also bring you footage from the work itself. ‘Digitopia’ continues to tour this year so check out the company website for more details about that.

The work is performed by Joshua Smith & Maria Olga Palliani with digital media by Barret Hodgson and interactive media by Noel Murphy and music composed by Jo Wills.

‘Digitopia’ was filmed at The Dance Lab in Newcastle upon Tyne on March 31st 2016.

[ Company Website ]