The power of technology in dance, according to Sydney Dance Company’s Mia Thompson

We know that technology is everywhere in our lives. From the lights that help us see once the sun goes down, to the fresh fruits and vegetables we take out of the fridge all year round. But in recent years, we’ve seen a leap from purely functional technology that supports our most human needs, to using technology that supports our most human feelings.

And there is nothing more human than the emotional response to seeing bodies move in synchronicity and telling stories through space, or feeling your own body connect to the intangible force created by dance, whatever you felt.

It was this connection that sparked a partnership between LG SIGNATURE and Sydney Dance Company to bring people and performance together during the pandemic through their Livestream Plus+ technology. Embracing a premium streaming platform and LG OLED TV technology, the platform has pushed the boundaries of possibility to keep Sydney Dance Company connected to the community by streaming performances and providing access to over 100 classes. dance on demand in many dance styles.

To explore more of the nuances and similarities of the possibilities of pushing the boundaries and connecting contemporary dance and modern technology, we spoke to Sydney Dance Company dancer, Mia Thompson.

Thompson has been a companion dancer with the Sydney Dance Company since 2019, but her journey with dance dates back to her childhood. “When I was about 14, I was invited to attend a stage production of Sleeping Beauty and was in awe of the performers on stage,” she says. It was this experience that opened her eyes to the possibilities of choosing the performing arts as a profession, and she has never looked back.

Noting that perseverance, perseverance and self-reflection are key elements in how she reached her highest potential, Thompson says her connection with her peers and her constant receptivity to new perspectives and possibilities also play a role.

With these ideas in mind, it’s no wonder visual technology has quickly become an invaluable tool at Sydney Dance Company, “We film our rehearsals and performances and store them in the company’s archives, from this way, it can help with quick and easy recall as well as support for new dancers coming in. Thoughtfulness and ease of connecting with new dancers?You see the symbiosis taking shape.

The LG SIGNATURE philosophy: “Art inspires technology, technology complements art” was put into practice during the 2021 lockdown in Sydney. “Our performances and tours had been suspended, so this digital platform allowed us to continue creating and sharing our art with audiences.” This journey into digital solutions has seen the creation of YEARS, a dance film choreographed by Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, in collaboration with musicians Sonya Lifschitz and Stephen Emmerson and director Clemens Habicht.

And it’s not just the company’s dancers who benefit from embracing the technology. Livestream Plus+ on-demand classes invite you to flex your muscles and express yourself with dance from the comfort of your own home and Thompson has seen firsthand the positive impact this flexibility can have on people during lockdowns. . “During this time, I met many students who hadn’t had dance lessons in over 15 years or at all, most of them saying they were too nervous or scared to try. Walking into a classroom can be very intimidating, but they found the ease and comfort of trying out a class at home allowed them to step out of their comfort zone while still feeling safe.” she.

Thompson is a strong advocate for immersing yourself in dance in the most authentic way possible, sharing that she only recently learned to let go well and allow herself to be completely free in the moment,” I love the thrill and excitement of movement having full control over me instead of having full control over the movement.

Available nationwide, Livestream Plus+ uses the best parts of technology, to invite everyone into the best parts of the dance. Whether you live in a region, have little time in your day to travel to class in person, or prefer the comfort of your own home, on-demand streaming exceptionally improves the accessibility of dance – and, as Thompson proclaims, that’s exactly how it should be.

With technology and dance constantly changing and evolving, Thompson says the dynamic between the two faces offers endless opportunities for growth, “I can only imagine there are many more exciting creative collaborations between art and technology on the horizon.”

To discover Livestream Plus+ and discover for yourself the synergy between technology and dance, go to LG SIGNATURE website here.

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