Low Air Vilnius city dance theatre with Laurynas Žakevičius guest and participant of Digital Leap – Capacity building for circus and dance professionals

Last month, Laurynas Žakevičius from Low Air participated in Digital Leap’s MODULE#4, part of the project’s programme consisting of four five-day stand-alone training modules.

Digital Leap is a project co-funded by the European Commission, that aims to offer dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in performing arts. How do we promote and distribute performances digitally and virtually, without compromising the essential live experience?

Laurynas Žakevičius (Low Air) was selected and invited by Lithuanian project partner Lithuanian dance information centre to participate in MODULE#4 in Marseille and Aix-en Provence (France) in January 23-29, 2023.

The module had a special focus on reaching and engaging with the public through digital media. The importance of participating in this project lies in learning more possible ways to engage the public and to include vulnerable members of society.

The module focuses on the key theme of audience engagement and development work, while exploring cutting-edge digital formats.

Circus and dance workers (both artists and producers) discover through various artistic approaches from Marseille-based artists, researchers and cultural operators how to engage with their audiences.

It has been a great opportunity to learn and test through concrete case studies and participatory and immersive digital practices. New aspects of digital tools for engagement and inclusion, were explored.

Laurynas: “We live in a hectic and digitalized era which sometimes forces us to spend more time in a digital reality than in a real physical connection. I am looking for ways to reach and engage with audiences through digital means to foster the physical meeting of the artist and the audience in order to expand our bodily experience”.

Laurynas’ participation in the workshop will bring added value to CREATE in several ways: During the workshop, practices and strategic ways of engaging with audiences from population at risk of exclusion – people with disabilities, refugees and people from belonging to ethnic minorities – through digital media were learned. In addition, several ways of making different members of the society meet and mingle were presented, which are vital for the CREATE project.

More information about Digital Leap here: Digital Leap (digital-leap.eu)

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