Considering the Relationship Between Digitally Mediated Audience Engagement and the Dance-Making Process
This chapter explores the integration of audience feedback via a digitally mediated platform during the creative process of three new pieces of dance. It considers how attempts to forge empathetic relationships between artists and audiences through digitally mediated interactions intersect with the dance-making process. These themes are explored through analysis of data gathered during the development of Respond (February 2014–15), a digital adaptation of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (2002). The Respond platform mediates interaction between audience and artist, taking them on a structured journey of critical enquiry to deepen their insights into the development of creative and artistic projects. The chapter articulates Respond’s role in innovating digitally-mediated modes of audience engagement and empathy towards the dance work, whilst also benefitting the creative process.
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