During 2018-2019 Ascendance launched a series of unique opportunities in dance and the moving image, exploring a range of digital platforms to highlight the creative talents of our Dancers with Parkinson’s. Collaborating film artist Lucy Barker introduced 360° VR film as a transformative and subtle way of capturing interactions and expressions of class members leading to an innovative and immersive viewing experience.
Our professional team of dancers and teachers teamed up with 8 dancers with Parkinson’s working in Leeds and Bradford to explore a variety of dance styles and genres to provide the spring board for a new platform of work to emerge.
Interactive workshops led participants to experience a new dance environment inside VR providing us with the opportunity to gather sensory feedback from the groups, sharing the captured film footage with participants to inform the next phase of the project.
We have also been doing some location test shots filming in 360° across Saltaire which you can view on our Vimeo channel, and in our video gallery.