Crimson Coast Dance

Our Hybrid Future Online Symposium

Thursday, September 9,16 and 23, 2021

Crimson Coast Dance Online Symposium
Our Hybrid Future

Conceived, curated and presented by Crimson Coast Dance
Designed and Produced by Laurel Green and Rebecca Ballarin

Thursday, September 9, 16 and 23, 2021

10:00am PST – 12:30pm PST 

ADDED BONUS: DIGITAL FIELD TRIPS: Be sure to join our Digital Field Trips on Tuesday, September 14 and 21 from noon to 12:45 PST!

ASL Interpretation will be available for all symposium sessions and field trips!

As September approaches and reopening brings with it the chance for in-person live performances, artists from across the country are navigating the incredible impact of the pandemic on our sector. In this extraordinary time, artists have become innovative, digitally-engaged, and community-focused — trying new things that have changed their practice – the way they make work and think about their craft – forever. As the doors to the theatre re-open, what will we find inside?

Join Crimson Coast Dance for OUR HYBRID FUTURE: A Symposium that explores the impact and opportunity of digital technologies on the performing arts. Over three weeks in September, this Symposium will bring together artists, presenters, Nanaimo to Toronto, the U.K and Switzerland, to explore, experience and engage with new digital technologies being used in the performing arts. 

The Symposium team, including hosts Olivia Davies (O.Dela Arts) and Holly Bright (Crimson Coast’s Artistic Director and event Curator), have created three days of inspiring interactions during which attendees will reflect on and share learnings, new creation models, and digital successes as we navigate ‘re-entry’ and ‘re-opening’ with imagination, accountability, and care. Presenters from Canada and abroad (including Gilles Jobin, Lee Erdman, Luke Garwood, Freya Olafson, Andrea Nann, Osman-Zeki-Trosztmer, and Karma Lacoff and Son) will share case studies and take us on virtual field trips; exploring the possibilities for blending live and digital performances and presentations to build a hybrid future for the arts. 

I had not imagined my having an interest in digital technologies and their applications in the arena of live performance.  What I have discovered through our pandemic pivoting is an evolving layer of magic within an art form that already transports audiences.  I am excited about what creatives are making and how they are sharing their discoveries with us through hybrid concepts.”   Holly Bright

Who is it for:  It is for Presenters, Curators, Dance Makers, Performing Artists, Technical Creatives and Community.

Crimson Coast Dance is a West Coast based, small scale, presenter with big ideas. We invite participants to attend from our local and BC based community as well as those from organizations of all sizes, regionally, nationally and internationally.

What will we do:
Masters of digital innovation in the performing arts share their latest projects and findings that integrate animation, projection and the four R’s; AR, VR, MR, XR.  Build your digital vocabulary with technological cliff notes for informed backstage conversations, and listen as one eight year old shares his Google Cardboard experiments. The Symposium will feature the work of changemakers Gilles Jobin, Lee Erdman, Luke Garwood, Freya Olafsen, Andrea Nann, Osman-Zeki-Trosztmer, and Karma Lacoff and Son.

 Learn more about the artists!

We will meet online as an active community, we will reflect on and share learnings, new creation models, and digital successes as we navigate ‘re-entry’ and ‘re-opening’ with imagination, accountability, and care. Explore what hybridity (blending live and digital performance and/or creations) means to our sector, through virtual field trips, case studies, group conversation, and workshops on audacious digital innovations, including performative or engaged AR, VR and MR software, animation, and even an eight-year-old’s experimentation with Google Cardboard. Your Symposium Hosts, Olivia C. Davies and Holly Bright, will lead recuperative practices for essential self-care and sustainability in a digital age.

Thursday, September 9: Artists, “The Work”  What have artists discovered during this time that has innovated how we create, perform, and engage with our communities? 

Exploring the new digital territories for Contemporary Dance with Gilles Jobin.

Creating Immersive Dance in 360 and XR Media with Lee Erdmann.

Tuesday, September 14: Field Trip! 

Firehorse and Shadow with Andrea Nann

Thursday, September 16: Technology, “How it Works” What is the language of this sectors roles and practices? How do collaborators, audiences and pandemics influence each other and amplify hybridity? 

I Post Therefore I am with Freya Björg Olafson

Integrating Emerging Technology within Live Production Processes with Dr. Patrick Parra Pennefather

Tuesday, September 21: Field Trip! 

Behind the Motus Domum Experience with OZP

Thursday, September 23:  Audience Engagement, “Who is seeing the work, and how?” How can we continue to work with technology to provide access to audiences? 

Alive Stream with Luke Garwood

Family play with A/V Reality with Karma Lacoff Nieoczym and her 8 year old son, Corbin

GATHER! Network, reflect and enjoy a fun filled Closing Home Brew Gathering in GATHER at 4pm to 5pm PST, September 23. The end becomes the beginning of a group of hybrid performance enthusiasts.  Add your name to the network.

The Take Away: Find the wonder in hybrid performance. Talk practice and process. Meet the makers. Reflect and share. Learn new technologies. Connect one-on-one. Ask big questions. Build something new. 

Hit REFRESH and get set for the upcoming season. 

Register early to assure your spot: Entire package $45 | Day rate $25

To ensure you receive session links in time for sessions, we request that you register 2 hours in advance of the session.  We will endeavour to send session links to anyone registering within that 2 hour time period while we are unable to guarantee this.  Our phone number is 250.716.3230.  IT issues may be addressed to

Crimson Coast Dance is an artist led, non-profit charity that professionally produces dance events in the Central Vancouver Island Region. This event is supported by BC Arts Council, City of Nanaimo, Heritage Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.  We give our highest regard to the generous and patient people of the Snuneymuxw Nation on whose territory we do our work.

Crimson Coast Dance is thankful to have the support of the following sponsors:

We are grateful to live work and play on Snuneymuxw First Nation territory.