The Big Social: AR Edition
Social dancers come to life through augmented reality.
Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Pond became a liquid dance floor for Argentine tango, balboa and vogue, through the magic of augmented reality, during our 2020 festival. By aiming a smart device at the large image in the centre of the pond, dancers appeared before visitors' very eyes, their intimacy reminding us of the power of touch and physical connection. Ambient audio transported us to a dance club, or a square in Buenos Aires as their digital forms moved across the water.
THE BIG SOCIAL, formerly an in-person social dance event, was originally created as part of a long-standing partnership with Union Station.
Photo by Marlowe Porter.
Toronto Stages: Dancing Through Time
An interactive exhibition, bringing Toronto's dance histories to life.
Our city's vibrant dance legacy came alive in this engrossing virtual tour of fourteen significant local dance venues, presented in collaboration with Dance Collection Danse. We travelled back to celebrity moments past through photos and stories highlighting the Canadian and international artists who have enlivened these stages with beauty and innovation. Three special theatres could also be experienced in 360º – in browser or VR – with special insights from the people who know them best. The legacy of these local venues quietly waits for dance to return, and audiences to gather again.
Toronto Stages: Dancing Through Time was produced for the 6th edition of FFDN's annual festival in October 2020 and will remain available on our website for free viewing indefinitely.
Photo: Broadsheet for José Cansino and Tonia de Aragon’s performance, 1935, Alison Sutcliffe Portfolio, Courtesy of Dance Collection Danse.