A new platform for artists, arts organisations and arts educators to hold creative workshops online.
Supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts
connect an artist with a focused and supportive online audience
test, discuss and evolve works-in-progress through a structured interactive process
share new insights into the creative process with an online audience
interact with participants anywhere in the world.
Based on the four steps of Liz Lerman’s internationally acclaimed Critical Response Process.
Please note that this site is still in a beta development phase.
Over the last year respond_ has been developed as part of The Digital R&D for the Arts. We hope you enjoy using this platform and please do contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts about using this site or any questions for us. respond_ has been built based on user feedback and we will continue to develop respond_ where ever possible to enhance your user experience and to create an easy to use, engaging and informative online creative workshop environment.
Thank you from all the team at respond_
Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process is internationally renowned, and respond_ is its first and only digital adaptation.
Connect with a supportive and focused network during the creative process.
Receive structured, moderated feedback on the work-in-progress.
Share your work with a private, invited group of participants, or open it up to the world - whichever suits you better.
Deepen audience understanding, engagement and empathy with new work.
Interacting directly with an artist creating new work.
Developing a new understanding of the creative process.
Developing personal and group skills of critical enquiry.
Join in from anywhere in the world, whenever suits you.
Easy-to-use interface, built around a user-led design with feedback from artists, arts organisations and audiences.
IIn 2013, Yorkshire Dance, in partnership with Breakfast Creatives and University of Leeds, was chosen as one of over 60 arts and cultural projects to receive funding from the £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Each project tested the use of digital technologies to widen audience access and engagement in the arts, with the purpose of developing useful products, services and knowledge for the wider arts and cultural sector.
The partnership created respond_, an online platform to encourage audiences and the wider public to become more actively engaged in the creation and interpretation of contemporary dance.
A digital adaptation of Liz Lerman's renowned Critical Response Process (CRP), the technology enables participants to interact with artists, share their feedback and interpretations of artistic ideas and works-in-progress, and exchange ideas with others using the site.
After two successful projects in 2014, the partnership has refined respond_ and it's now ready for you to use...
Find out how it worked for Yorkshire Dance here.
Wieke Eringa CEO of Yorkshire Dance and Antony Dunn Head of Marketing and Communications
Dr Ben Walmsley and Dr Laura Griffiths
Lecturer in Creativity & Collaboration and University Student Education Fellow School of Performance & Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
Robbie Synge - Reflections on respond_
Hagit Yakira - Reflections on respond_
The Critical Response Process, created by the US artist and choreographer Liz Lerman, is a feedback system based on the principle that the best possible outcome from a response session is for the maker to want to go back to work. Embraced by dance-makers, artmakers, educators, scientists, theatre companies, orchestras, science centres, museums and more, it has deepened dialogue between makers and audiences, enhanced learning between teachers and students and proved valuable for all kinds of creative endeavours and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts.
Puppet Animation Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre invited American choreographer Liz Lerman to lead a two day taster in her Critical Response Process. This process that Liz created 20 years ago allows people to be able to critique performance work.
Three companies were invited to perform their work and then be the subject of the process afterwards.
"In supporting the creation of new work, we have found Liz's Lerman's Critical Response Process to be the best tool we've ever encountered in assisting individual artists at the most vulnerable stages of creation. The Process empowers artists and invests responders with real responsibility as audience members."
– James C. Nicola, Artistic Director, New York Theatre Workshop
"I'm thrilled that Yorkshire Dance & co have taken the leap to test CRP within a digital platform. It has been so interesting to me to consider what feedback reached me and what didn't, and why, questions which spurred me to develop CRP and which continue to drive its refinements and variations. I hope that users of Respond_ will experience new pleasures of the Process through this platform."
To learn more about Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process click here
respond_ is is a collaboration between Yorkshire Dance, the US choreographer Liz Lerman (author of The Critical Response Process) Breakfast Creatives and the University of Leeds School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Funded by NESTA, The Arts Council England and the AHRC Digital R&D fund for the Arts.
a digital adaptation of Liz Lerman's renowned Critical Response Process
that guides you and your participants through the process, step by step, with prompts and user-guides built in at each step
that allows you to add video or still visual references for you and your participants to discuss
that allows you to invite as many participants as you like
that enables you to moderate discussions publicly or privately, as a safeguard to the artist and to encourage positive critical enquiry.
with editable background imagery and introductory text (for each step) to reflect the nature of your project and your organisation
with a personalised web address including the name of your artist's project or your own organisation
in real time, online, between an artist and all participants
structured to encourage positive critical enquiry while focussing on the development of the artist and the project
which enables you and/or your artist to preview and moderate all participants' questions or comments before they are published
a face-to-face meeting with one of the respond_ team to help set up your project
an easy-to-use, online guide made available to your project manager before your respond_ project begins
full email and phone support from the respond_ team throughout the set-up and running of your respond_ project.*
The duration of your respond_ project can be tailored to your specific needs. We recommend that a project last between one and two weeks, but we can discuss your requirements at your set-up meeting.
*Full service and support available during normal UK working hours 10am - 6pm (GMT/BST) and with the assurance, throughout a project's duration, of an immediate acknowledgement of your request and a full personal response from a member of the respond_ team within an hour.
£450 per respond_ project
If more than one workshop is needed within an individual project each additional workshop would cost a further £100.
Prices shown excluding VAT
Prices are set until 30th September 2015 and apply only to verified not-for-profit arts organisations, artists and arts educators.
Organisations which do not fall into these categories wanting to discuss commercial applications of respond_ are invited to contact us here.