Brightside VR at A+E Lab

Aug 25 to Aug 25, 2023
5:00 to 7:00 pm GMT
A+E Lab
Unit 1, building 64, Main Gate Road, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, ME4 4TE, United Kingdom (map)

Get ready for an immersive experience at Brightside VR in A+E Lab!

This year A+E Lab is delighted to host 2023 Choreodrome VR artist Lydia Cottrell with creative technologist Matthew Allen to our Lab in partnership with The Place, London’s leading centre for dance and performance.

Join us on Friday 25th August at A+E Lab for public sharing of work-in-progress Brightside VR and discover what Lydia & Matthew have created during their residency!

Lydia Cottrell is a Leeds-based artist creating a multi-disciplinary performance that interrogates culture and technology. As part of her Choreodrome VR residency at A+E Lab, she will be developing in collaboration with creative technologist Matthew, an immersive, digital experience of “Brightside”, a part dance theatre, part spin class performance that explores the modern condition and the millennial psyche.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of Brightside VR, a celebration of feeling good in your own skin, the positive impact of exercise on mental health, and the belonging that can only be found sweating it out with a bunch of strangers.

This spin class dance theatre VR experience explores the world of ‘Generation Me’ soundtracked by a Millennial anthem. Join us to trail the first test version of this immersive fitness experience.

Save the date and join us for an unforgettable evening of thrilling adventures and mind-bending technologies.


Time: Friday 25 August 17:00-18:00, 18:00-19:00 (please choose your desired slot at the booking)

Meeting Point: The Galvanising Shop, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, ME4 4TY (Time to be sent closer to the performance)

Age: 14+

Getting to the venue:

It is based within the gated area of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Please meet us at The Galvanising Shop, which is just outside the gated area, and we will guide you to the studio.

Car - Parking is available in the main visitor car park.

The Galvanising Shop is next to the Visitor Entrance.

Train - The nearest train station is Chatham, which is a 25-minute walk.

Bus - Arrival bus routes 1 or 2 run frequently from Chatham Bus Station to Dock Rd near the car park.

Facilities and accessibility:

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

There are accessible toilets available.

Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing to A+E Lab [email protected]

Ticket price:

It's free! However we are a not-for-profit and can only operate with the support of grant funding and donations. Only if you can, please donate if you like us to host more events like this!

Please note:

1. You will be wearing a VR headset at your own risk. You can also enjoy the show from the projected screen.

2. We will have two VR headsets, one set up with a bike and one on a chair. The experience for audiences will last around 5 min in the VR.

3. Please wear a comfortable clothes for this event.

Contact for questions: A+E Lab [email protected]

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