Curious Playground with Mobius Dance (2021)

photo credit: Kieran Dawes for Mobius Dance dancer: Maya Carroll
Curious Playground is a technological interactive performance taking you, the audience, on an immersive, poetic, playful adventure — a chance to experience storytelling through a sensory world.

The hour-long show includes a trio, duet and solo (20 mins each), offering different aesthetics and physical energies.

The set works as an interactive installation which you, the audience, can access after the performance. The set uses lighting and sensors to react to its surroundings, lighting up when it detects noise, vibration or touch. The two screens display live generative animation which can be interacted with by the dancers and audience. The bodies of people in front of the screens are tracked and drive movement on the screens, which in turn inform the users' movements.

Curated by Mobius Dance Artistic Director Gianluca Vincentini, Curious Playground has been co-created with choreographers Jamaal Burkmar, Annie Hanauer and Amy Voris joined by visual artist Jake Dubber, artist and set designer Aimee Grundell and artist and designer Oli Bentley. With costumes by Melissa Parry, the audience finds themselves enveloped by walls of music and sound by Otis Jones. Created with performers Alex Gosmore, Charlie Hogan, Imogen Wright, Iolanda Portogallo, Maya Carroll and Naomi Chockler, Curious Playground offers the potential for audience engagement in a safe manner.

Funded by Arts Council England, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Kala Sangam. Supported by: Leeds City College, Leeds Dance Partnership, Yorkshire Dance, Split Design, AG Studios and Figueres Es Mou.