A Z-arts & STUN Homemakers Commission
Young people have always led the way with technology, and now a generation of digital natives is growing up. Lost Online is inspired through young people and families’ use of dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram and creates a conversation between social media and hip-hop dance. Choreographer Chad Taylor allows dance to move between people who are physically apart, so they can dance together without being in the same place.
After years of limiting screen time for our children, our devices have become a portal to the outside world and a place for everyday creativity. This new piece is an exciting collaboration between dance and media, as we look to technology to replace physical proximity to each other, and as children and young people in particular use it to stay connected. Children and families are now using lockdown as an opportunity to meet online, dance together whilst staying apart and creating and maintaining interests and friendships. After years of differentiating “online” and “real life”, we’re all starting to realize that online is real life after all.
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and Z-Arts and STUN to allow them to continue to support future artists and commissions.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
About Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor started dancing from the age of 11, training in the foundations of hip hop. At the age of 19 Chad graduated from the Hammond School with a National diploma in dance on a full scholarship.
He then went on to work in the professional world working with artist such as Cheryl Cole, Paloma Faith, Sade, Take That, Meatloaf, Joe McElderry, Little Mix and LMFAO. He has worked with choreographers such as Fatima Robinson and performed at the X-Factor Final at the O2 Arena, Brit Awards, and the Royal Variety Show.
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Z-arts is the UK’s only arts centre dedicated to children and families. We believe that theatre and the arts are inspiring, immersive and magical, and that they are for everyone! We want to share the joy of creativity, imagination and storytelling with children and families in Greater Manchester and beyond, and we work with and support local, national and international artists to promote creativity, create amazing work and encourage bold new ideas.
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About STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North)
STUN is part of a National Movement dedicated to the growth and prosperity of BAME Creatives across the UK. We are a membership organisation of individual practitioners and organisations making art based in Manchester and offer offices and a studio space for developing new work currently under construction at Z-Arts in Hulme. We look to support BAME creatives in creating new work and are working to diversify the arts.
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