The goal of the [MODULES] is to explore the contributions of these emerging digital practices to the evolution of theatre-making across the country, while building the skills and knowledge base of playwrights, dramaturgs and other theatre-makers. The [MODULE] will travel across Canada in 2020, engaging with theatre-makers in Blyth, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver. At the conclusion of the [MODULE], DACL will launch an open-source website that will disseminate the outcomes from each [MODULE] to the larger theatre and performance community, as well as generate a vibrant networking and information platform.
[MODULE] participants will be using a wide variety of digital control systems and image creation tools and exploring the possibilities for storytelling, dramaturgy, ideation and engagement, while also experimenting with the differences of the different technologies. The [MODULE] will include several active mini labs to be played with including interactive video, projection mapping, VR, stop-motion, photo collage, and live video tools. Day one through five will include lectures about the history of image in theatre, emerging technology, best practices, and the vocabulary needed to collaborate. There will be discussion around the methodology of Digital Dramaturgy. The initial lecture will live streamed for the general public to engage with.
The bulk of the [MODULE] will be hands-on work led by Beth Kates. Working collectively and individually the participating artists will explore and experiment with the various digital tools in a purely research capacity with no pressure of public presentation. The [MODULE] will culminate in a full group conversation about the weeks work, with reflections and feedback from all involved.