Interactive Studio Laboratory
For the past two years, AMPD Dance has explored the use of interactive technologies in live performance using Studio A in the Accolade East building. With 18’ ceilings, a sprung dance floor and full blackout capabilities, Studio A is the site of AMPD’s Interactive Stage course, which brings together students from dance, theatre and digital media. In response to growing demand — the Interactive Stage course is regularly oversubscribed — AMPD is establishing two Canada Research Chairs in Digital Performance and Interactive Information Visualization, and planning new courses in Interactive Video Mapping, Digital Video Dance and Developing Intermedial Performance.
To support our plans and the boundless potential of interactive technology research, AMPD Dance must reimagine Studio A as a high-tech, interactive performance laboratory featuring a sustainable LED lighting rig; an enhanced surround audio system; digital projectors; 3D motion-tracking camera; and flexible audience seating for performance and research.
Alumni Guest Artists
AMPD Dance’s alumni artists and scholars have an untapped potential to enrich the undergraduate and graduate curricula and connect students and faculty with practicing experts through master classes, workshops, performances, guest lectures and colloquia.
With annual investment for five years, AMPD Dance will attract a rotating series of guest artists and scholars to mentor students and pursue practice-based or scholarly research in partnership with faculty, Master’s and PhD students, and the York Dance Ensemble. Each residency will take place over one or two academic terms.
York Dance Ensemble
Since 1988, AMPD Dance’s resident performing company, the York Dance Ensemble (YDE), has been providing undergraduate and graduate dance and music students with invaluable pre-professional training as performers, choreographers, musicians and production crew. Historically, YDE has represented York and recruited future talent at conferences and school tours from coast-to-coast, but the costs of touring have become prohibitive.
A gift contributed over five years will establish an outreach fund to support local, provincial and national touring; create tutorial assistantships for MFA students to assist the YDE director; and attract additional guest choreographers and collaborators as student mentors.
For more information about AMPD and how you can help define our creative future today, contact:
Alasdair Hooper CFRE
Senior Development Officer
Office of the Dean