March 13 Knowledge Cafe

  • 10 Apr 2010 9:02 AM
    Message # 323126
    The topic of the Knowledge Cafe on Sat, March 13 was:
    "Understanding Ourselves; Expanding Our Audience"

    The discussion was lively as we contemplated ways of engaging each the dance community and the public, diversification of our audience, and accessibility.

    We talked about methods for defining our own work or interests in order to better understand ourselves and promote our work.

    When we discussed successful models of audience expansion, we noted often this meant bringing dance into alternative spaces like galleries, and other times choosing the venue that fits with the specific work shown in order for it to be seen most successfully.

    Many questions came out of the Knowledge Cafe and we thought this topic would be a good one to check in on again.  Near the end we talked about setting up some kind of research group to attend and discuss performances in order to look at what choices lead to successful models of audience expansion and why.

  • 17 Apr 2010 2:16 AM
    Reply # 326925 on 323126

    It feels to me that many of the issues we deal with as performing artists centre around there not being as much money available in our industry as we want (and if you look at the realms of professional sports or Hollywood, that seems to be a universal theme no matter the industry or how much money you have to budget).  That being said, it strikes me that the way to have more money is to have a larger total audience first and foremost.  If anyone finds fault with my logic, I would be glad to hear it.  Working on this premise for the moment though, I am curious to hear other peoples' opinions as to how we generate larger audiences for our work.

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