Event date: Saturday 9 March 2013
Low Tech Saturday was introduced in 2011 by Greenwich Dance in order to offer an informal platform for sharing new work. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on the content of the work rather than the technical set-up. Artists are encouraged to use the Borough Hall, the Minor Hall or alternative spaces in the building including Studio 3 or ancillary/ public spaces as appropriate. Each space provides a different feel or context for the work – for instance The Borough Hall is expansive, whereas the Minor Hall can still accommodate a group of dancers yet offers a more intimate experience.
The session includes sharings of work in progress from 2-3 artists/companies in an as-it-says-on-the-tin low tech way. Sometimes some a very basic lighting state is provided in the Borough Hall or some directional light in another space. Occasionally other facets of work are explored e.g. one artist worked with video projection in Studio 3. The informal atmosphere can include social gathering and feedback discussions as appropriate. In addition to the obvious benefits of sharing work mid process and ensuing feedback, the audience is varied (producers, dance sector professionals, fellow artists, students, local people). Those not involved with dance professionally have really welcomed the insight into the process (quite often reserved for those in the know!) which then can in turn prove interesting for the artists and build future audiences.
Low Tech Saturdays take place 3 times a year from 4-6PM on a Saturday and audience members do not necessarily need to pre-book, they arrive on the day and contribute to a “pay what you can” scheme for admission.