Valerie Alpert MFA (Ohio State University) is the director of VADCO/Valeria Alpert Dance Co. She has performed, choreographed and taught nationally and internationally, utilising digital technology in her art form. Alpert teaches at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, and is pursuing a PhD at Texas Woman’s University.
Dance artists and educators from the Asia-Pacific region, America, and Europe discuss how emerging digital technologies affect the role of dance in higher education. Topics include: the creation of long-distance choreographic exchanges, digital curation projects with artists exploring relationships between mediatised performance and site-responsive work, and the impact of distance learning on re-imagining the locations and characteristics of dance audiences. Discussion revolves around possibilities for the digital world’s affect on how, and what we teach; its capacity to transform the message, medium, and reception of dance; and its contribution to the development of higher education programs and artistic futures.