Initially developed as an experiment in finding new audiences for contemporary dance, PSO has evolved into a performance event where everyone in the theatre becomes part of the creative team.
TaikaBox has built a choreographic system that integrates with custom-built digital tools to enable audience members to decide what the show is about, and how movement, sound, light and image contribute to telling a story. Each event is unique, with the starting point decided democratically, the audience using their smartphones and mobile devices to contribute stories, vote on which to use, and choose how to process them into dance.
An hour-long performance may work with between 4 and 20 stories, depending on how deep the audience wants to go, and there is potential to revisit everyone’s favourite section to develop it further for a ‘show’ at the end.
PSO was developed in 2014 by TaikaBox in collaboration with digital studio: Moon, supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales – Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales. PSO was further supported by Chapter, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Aberystwyth University, NDCWales, Rubicon Dance and Y FFwrnes.