To share young people's perspectives, rather than adult's stresses or concerns but to celebrate social media as a positive and fun space. Dance Practice and Digital Citizenship are both mediums that allow young people to experience and explore their identity, and navigate the unknown. Social media feels like a performance space, and a place where people are sharing their online identity and telling their stories daily. It totally makes sense for a dance maker to explore the possibilities of a collision between the live, physical and social network and augmented realities collide. After the first phase of Neverland, there is a strong case to continue with this enquiry.
“For many young people, particularly as the generational divide between our and our parents’ generations widens, access to the internet can equal a person’s access to certain safe spaces that they would not be able to access ‘in real life’. This means something, and whether or not a person feels comfortable in a certain community online should be the qualifier for it allowing young people to ‘be themselves’. These spaces should be commended for accommodating people regardless of race, sexuality etc.” Bella, young Person and Childnet Digital Champion. Please click on button below for more of her perspectives.
There are two voice overs in Neverland, an automated voice- The Narrator, and the human parental voice, inspired by Wendy from Peter Pan. The human voice represents adult's observations. Neverland highlights the parental concerns or what adults like the Radio DJs in the YouTube film have to say. There is an adult point of view in the work, but youth voice drives the work.
References to Peter Pan run through out the experience. Can you spot them?