Digital Stages: Showcase of Digital Media in Performing Arts

22 – 27 April 2011, London, UK

DIGITAL STAGES is a new festival of performing arts and digital media organised by multimedia company GLAZ (www.glaz.co.uk) that takes place from 22 to 27 April 2011 in a number of East London venues including Stratford Circus, Hoxton Hall, Queen Mary University of London and IPAD Dance lab at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

The festival presents performances, discussions, workshops and exhibitions, bringing together distinctive scholars, modern artists and experts in digital technology from all over the UK, as well as Russia, Brazil, USA and Canada. The participants include Frieder Weiss (Germany), Sarah Rubidge (UK), Sally Jane Norman (UK), Troika Ranch (USA), Assimetrique Answer (Russia), Lightwork (UK), Collective Gulp (Canada), Zecora Ura/Para Active (UK/Brazil) and Chameleons Group (UK), who during the course of the festival will establish a new major platform for creative and innovative thinking and practice surrounding the use of digital technologies in performing arts.

The festival traces the history of digital media in live art, while also placing a spotlight on young artists with an Emerging Artist Award. Focusing on installation and place-based works, the Award programme will select three of the most interesting new works from emerging artists and present them in a gallery space within the festival dates.

DIGITAL STAGES is envisaged as a sustainable project that runs annually serving as a platform for artists, academics and people who enjoy both performing arts and media where they can engage in creative exchange.

“Digital Stages is a particularly welcome development for independent artists involved in the dialogue between performance and digital media. Through its provision of a public platform for both emerging and established artists in smaller scale professional theatres and galleries it reclaims the territory for experimental artistic practice.”
- Sarah Rubidge, Consultant for Digital Stages 2011, Professor of Choreography and New Media, University of Chichester.

For more information please visit www.digitalstagesfestival.co.uk

Partners: Brunel University, Trinity Buoy Wharf, UEL Institute for Performing Arts Development, Theatre Sandbox, Green Lens Studio, Dance Digital, Arcola Theatre

Media Partners: EveryCreative, Gorilla Film Magazine, Russia Beyond The Headlines