New Works XR
New Works XR (NWXR) supports new voices in the development of creative technologies and embodied practice. XR (extended reality) is an umbrella term encompassing augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality technologies. First developed in 2021 between New Works, dance artist Erika Mitsuhashi, and a team of consulting artists and technologists, the program was envisioned as a process-focused space to explore, learn, and expand individual practices on and off screen.
New Works is humbled to engage new voices each season to lead and coordinate unique, cutting edge programming in close partnership with community partners and mentors. In the shifting landscape of new technologies and practices, the program remains curious, investigative, and artist-led.
NWXR Short Circuit Series
Short Circuit Series is a weekend long series of community offerings; from workshops, to discussions and a soiree, New Works invites you to participate in these free events.
Short Circuit Series
Friday, March 15 - 7pm-9pm | Q7 Studios - Studio A
Opening Short Circuit Series with a soiree and community mixer!
7 - 7:30pm - Join us for an artist HYPER-LINK! A speed dating style event where you can meet fellow XR artists, start conversations, and get to know one another.
7:30 - 9pm - Short Circuit Series Soiree - a mixer for us to kick of the start of the series. Featuring music, refreshments* and an XR installation by Simran Sachar!
Interfacing with Experts Panel
Freya Björg Olafson, Caroline MacCaull, prOphecy sun, and Nancy Lee
Sunday, March 17 - 11am-12pm | Q7 Studios - Studio B
Join us for a panel conversation moderated by Erika Mitsuhashi, with artists who are trailblazing the ways we think about movement and XR technology. Light refreshments will be provided.
Choreography with AR dance technology - Sarah U
Saturday, March 16 - 4pm-5:30pm | Q7 Studios - Studio A
During this workshop, participants will gain insights into the fusion of choreography and AR as Sarah guides them through her two distinct 3D models.
Motion Capture Workshop with danielle Mackenzie Long
Sunday, March 17 - 2pm-4:15pm | Q7 Studios - Studio B
We will discover and practice one strategy of how to create the opportunity for our physical movement to live beyond ourselves.
*Limited spots available
Accesibility: Q7 is a ground floor building with a manual-open front door. The building has 2 gender-inclusive, multi-stall washrooms with one wheelchair accessible stall in each washroom. Studio A, the largest dance studio, is wheelchair accessible by ramp though has a 2 inch high lip to get onto the sprung marley floor. Studio B is accessed by 10 stairs, and Studio C is accessed by 10 stairs.
Meet the XR Artists
Meet the XR Team
Alexandra Caprara - XR Program Coordinator
Gemma Crowe - XR Program Director
Sierra Megas - XR Program Manager
Be a part of our XR Newsletter to receive updates on performances, workshops, events and call for applications.
Two Year Cycle
2023-24 marks the first of an annual two year programming cycle which will see New Works sustainably balance XR resources between community building and direct artist support.
NWXR 2023-24 will be a Community Building year. This season will see New Works focus resources on supporting the wider ecology of artists and audiences engaged at the intersection of dance and XR technologies. We recognize that artists need more than space and funds to investigate their craft; NWXR looks to support education of audiences, cross-pollination of practices, and the fostering of critical conversation.
Watch below as workshops, peer-to-peer work sessions, open studio time, and more are announced throughout the season!
We are working towards NWXR 2024-25 as an Artist in Residence year. This season will provide direct support for dance makers and embodied practitioners in the early stages of creation involving technologies that fall under the umbrella of XR. Following an application process, selected artists will enter a developmental residency with access to skills building workshops, mentorship with senior artists, consultation with technologists, access to gear and studio space, and XR resource sharing.
Top Photo: Carla Alcántara.