Darkroom Contemporary is a project based company formed as vehicle to reimagine dance, through its innovative approach to staging and presenting contemporary works. Darkroom Contemporary challenges perceptions on how dance is viewed, by creating unique audience experiences and new ways of representing and appreciating dance. The organisation was founded in 2010 by Louise Coetzer and Oscar O’Ryan. Coetzer, a dancer and choreographer, and O’Ryan, a photographer and filmmaker, bring together expertise from their respective fields to form a dynamic partnership. Projects spearheaded by the founders provide platforms and create opportunities for skills development and exchange among all artists involved. A focus on the use of new technology and digital media frame their artistic approach. Similarly does interdisciplinary exploration, with project collaborators including visual artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers and digital artists. To date, Darkroom Contemporary has produced dance works incorporating kinetic motion sensor technology, full dome 3D projection, interactive laser projection, interactive projection mapping, dance film, live stream performance and Artificial Intelligence. Currently the company is engaged in research & development phases for projects incorporating 360 degree filmmaking for VR, and large scale projection mapping.
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE – The company regularly stages works in unexpected performance areas, transforming ordinary spaces into intriguing, multi-faceted arenas.
DANCE FILM – An extensive & award winning body of dance film works exist alongside the company’s performance repertoire, making their work accessible to a larger global audience through the medium of film and digital media.
DIGITAL ARTS & TECHNOLOGY – As a research & development dance company, we are focused on exploring how we can merge dance and technology to enhance our live performance and film works. The company develops interactive audience experiences and new ways of presenting and experiencing dance, through collaborations with digital arts specialists. We make use of technology and digital media to enhance the creative art of storytelling.