Dancing Labs are residency environments that bring together two or more artists who normally do not have the time or privilege to be in dialogue. A Dancing Lab is a space for rigorous play and positive failure around an issue, idea, or field-wide trend.

The Dancing Lab model helps NCCAkron subvert the prevailing lottery system approach to supporting artists. Connecting across geographical distances and subsidizing creative time without an expectation of a final product, artists share their working knowledge with each other and develop new ideas through body-based studio practice, personal introspection, and group reflection. 


Dancing Lab: Art Speaks 2.0

From May-July of 2021, NCCAkron, S3 Technologies (Akron, OH), and Kinetech Arts (San Francisco, CA) led an experimental, virtual Dancing Lab exploring the use of technology in dance and its potential to expand audience engagement practices.


The artist cohort comprised Tara Lee Burns (Columbus, OH); Megan Lowe (San Francisco, CA) Kelsey Paschich (Kalamazoo, MI), and Rosy Simas (Minneapolis, MN). 


From July 13-August 17, NCCAkron highlighted the intersection of dance and technology each week on Instagram. Participants posted their own research using the hashtag #TechTuesdays — everything from augmented reality record players to silicone heartbeats. Head to NCCAkron's Instagram account (@nccakron) and scroll to learn more!

Photo of Kinetech Arts in AI Sensorium by Weidong Yang. 



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Physically Integrated - AXIS and Dancing
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First Dancing Lab artists from BODYTRAFF

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Photo credits: Cunningham: Mike Crupi; Screendance: Dale Dong Photography.