The Digital Stage 

The performing arts sector is standing on the cusp of monumental change.

As the arts and culture landscape swiftly evolves, leaps in technical innovation are opening exciting new doors of possibility - from being able to drastically alter the way a production might look, to exploring new ways of sharing art beyond a set venue, to the many ways an organization can tap into digital resources to enhance the guest experience.

In spring 2019, the Canadian Opera Company announced an exciting new collaborative project meant to tackle and embrace these changes head-on: the Digital Stage. Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) and Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) at Sheridan College, the Digital Stage aims to set a path forward in developing “next practices” for our sector in the digital age.

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to lead these explorations but there is one element that is crucial to this project’s ultimate success: you. Comprehensive research in this area relies on an open, free exchange of information, through interviews, industry symposiums, and real-time digital testing.

Over 70 participants attended the kick-off symposium, held on October 2 at the COC’s administrative and rehearsal space in Toronto’s Esplanade neighbourhood. There, KerrSmith Design shared the results of a comprehensive environmental scan that gathered the latest research and analysis on the impact of digital technology currently being used within the performing arts.

View our Environmental Scan

On February 20, the COC, with our partner the National Ballet of Canada, hosted our second Digital Stage symposium. Our research partner, KerrSmith Design, presented the Horizon Scan –– an in-depth analysis of the arts and culture landscape, and the potential impacts emerging technologies may have on the production and audience experience well into the future.

Watch a recording of our livestream from the February 20 symposium

View the Horizon Scan

If you are interested in participating in the Digital Stage, know of other organizations who would be interested, or want to share some positive results from the use of digital technology in the performing arts, please contact us via the form below.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


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