The intentional obscurity of the social media campaign for dareyouwatch could be read as an unflinching self-awareness on the part of nocturn dance, a realisation of how the medium of dance is perceived, and indeed how at odds such an immersive and physical art form is with digital world. As an audience member, seeing dance performed is akin to the attending a live gig; it’s all about being there, being actively part of something even though you’re a spectator, and being so intensely aware of the physical achievements of the performers that it mesmerises you.  dareyouwatch is all about changing this, using social media to replace this sense of participation and, in fact, developing  it through direct interaction and involvement with the performance through Facebook and Twitter. Nor is this replacement a blind journeying towards inevitable progress, but an active attempt to shatter the perceived elitism that accompanies dance, or indeed any other form of high culture.  (more…)

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Now you don’t even have to leave the house to get a thrilling dance fix…  Choreographer John Darvell of nocturn dance invites you to enter “the Chamber” and join five characters – and the tea lady – as drama unfolds online in dareyouwatch.  Play now on Facebook, watch it live streamed on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June – or see it live in performance at South Hill Park, Bracknell… (more…)