International training programme Digital Leap starts in spring 2022

Digital Leap is an international two-year project that offers dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in performing arts. 

The growing awareness of the climate emergency, as well as the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on performing arts and international collaboration have generated an urgent need to rethink and diversify the operating models in performing arts. 

There is a shift happening towards a digital and virtual presence, and in order to be one step ahead of this transition, circus and dance artists and organisations need to learn how to employ digital tools and virtual environments in a way that suits their own work and practice. 

Digital Leap consists of four self-contained five-day training modules, the first one starting in spring 2022. The modules are held in Czech Republic, Lithuania, Catalunya and France. Participants are chosen through open calls for professionals in the partner countries. First calls open in autumn 2021.

How do we promote and distribute performances digitally and virtually, without compromising the essential live experience?

Each training module approaches the topic from a different angle: promoting artistic  work on digital platforms, adapting performances for virtual environments, distributing artistic work and ideas digitally, and connecting with audiences by digital means. The training programme is built on learning by doing and will invite experts from various disciplines as teachers, facilitators and mentors.

The ideas and knowhow emerged in the training modules will be accessible for all and published in the form of digital Cookbooks and videos. There will also be seminars organised in each participating country in spring 2023.

Digital Leap is a collaboration between eight expert organisations from seven European countries: ARTCENA (FR), Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), CircusInfo Finland (FI), Dance Info Finland (FI), Danscentrum Sverige (SE), Institut Ramon Llull IRL (ES), Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LT) and Performing Arts Hub Norway (NO). Dance Info Finland coordinates the project.

Digital Leap project meeting in Helsinki. Credit: Johanna Terhemaa