da:ns LAB 2021 – Dancing in the Metaverse: A Hackathon
da:ns LAB 2021 – Dancing in the Metaverse: A Hackathon

da:ns LAB 2021 – Dancing in the Metaverse: A Hackathon


12 Nov (Fri) - 14 Nov (Sun)

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Friday, 09:00 - 09:00

Saturday, 09:00 - 09:00

Sunday, 09:00 - 09:00


Free, by selection only Only applicants based in Singapore will be considered. Capacity is limited and interested applicants must meet minimum requirements to participate. Please refer to the full programme information on details to apply.


Esplanade. Esplanade Annexe Studio


He is not seeing real people, of course. This is all a part of the moving illustration drawn by his computer according to specifications coming down the fibre-optic cable. The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse.

Neal Stephenson, Snowcrash (1992)

Across the long crisis of the pandemic, the vast majority of live performances were exiled from physical spaces, taking refuge in virtual realms. The very notion of liveness had to be reimagined through new paradigms, when gathering together had become too precarious in the eyes of public health, or too impossible to be conducted at any viable economic scale. This set of conditions accelerated various mutations of the live arts, as artists adopted differentstrategies of survival, experimenting with hybrid experiences that combined aspects of in-person live events, broadcasting across platforms, interactive digital media, and real-time game environments.

The 7th edition of da:ns LAB is conceived as a hackathon, in which dance artists and other practitioners in Singapore are invited to prototype strategies for digitalisation for the performing arts over three days.

Call for Participants

The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Dance Nucleus invite artists, researchers, writers, producers and other practitioners working in dance and interdisciplinary performance in Singapore to take part in a hackathon in teams of three to four persons.

Over three intensive days, participants of the lab will respond to the framing questions and challenges posed by our invited speakers, engage in deep discussions about digitalisation in the performing arts, and be given mentoring support by industry experts to propose actionable solutions.

Each team may consist of collaborating practitioners working in different capacities in the arts (e.g, producer, designer, technician), but should include at least one dance practitioner.

Proposed ideas may include artistic creations, online platforms, events or programmes. At the end of the third day, teams will share their proposals and receive feedback from an industry panel. 

After da:ns LAB, participants will be given a window to apply for their projects to be supported by an NAC grant of up to 70% support. Subject to suitability, project(s) may also be presented as part of Dance Nucleus or Esplanade’s programmes. 

How to apply

Please compile the following details into a Microsoft Word document and email to dansfestival@esplanade.com by 30 Sep 2021, 11.59pm.

  1. Lead Applicant’s name
  2. Lead Applicant’s contact email
  3. Names of potential team members
  4. Brief write-up on ideas you would like to explore in the hackathon (no more than 100 words)
  5. Bios of all team members

Successful applicants will be contacted separately for a more in-depth briefing on how to prepare for the hackathon. 

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