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Ascendance were funded by Arts Council England to work in 360 film with our Dance with Parkinson's groups.
The project took a diferent path when the orginally conceived Virtual Reality project and inclusion in the live Saltaire Arts Trail was sadly halted in March 2020 as the Pandemic took hold.
The first film Portal by Lucy Barker is a celebration of the remarkable dedication of a community of dancers who still dance together on Zoom and now back in person. The reimagined film captures the rehearsal process of Ascendance's 'Dance with Parkinson's' class prelockdown, featuring experimental 360° footage taken across Saltaire World heritage locations.
The closing film Orchard is taken at St Chad's Orchard in Headingley and brings together a new company of Parkinson's dancers, who have become a community of dancers eager to develop their creativity and share a participant led process exploring the environment and ground beneath them.
Virtual reality technology has offered us new ways to create different sensory environments & interactive experiences. By allowing the film images to become 3D, it amplified the viewers’ attention & transported them to a different kind of embodiment & interaction.
We now use the medium to film a range of participatory projects and performances.