Case study
April 26, 2024
Natasha Bowers

Southpaw Dance Company

Organisation growth
Startup support

Towards the end of February, Southpaw Dance Company took over the Advanced Media Production studio in Gateshead to create their mixed reality dance performance.

This February, Southpaw Dance Company booked out the Advanced Media Production studio in PROTO, Gateshead to create their latest masterpiece. This performance was a monochromatic dance piece that used the LED volumetric screen to host the moving backdrops and was based around Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.

The Support

After securing R&D funding from Innovate UK EDGE, Southpaw Dance Company got in touch with the Advanced Media Production Gateshead team at PROTO to start their work towards a new mid-scale touring production.  

The team at Advanced Media Production Gateshead were able to provide support to the dancers and production team to allow them to explore the use of digital technologies within the realm of dance and how the two can come together to create unique performance.

Robby Graham, Artistic Director at Southpaw Dance Company, said:

“The support we received from Innovate UK EDGE allowed us that rare thing - Pure R&D time - to explore how these newly accessible cutting edge technologies and production methods can enrich our storytelling and transform how we connect with audiences.”

Clare Nicholson, Partnership and Engagement Manager at Sunderland Software City, said:

“It was fantastic to work with Southpaw Dance Company. To see their vision come to life using the technology at AMP PROTO was amazing. This was R&D at its finest. We can't wait to see what comes next from them!”