Monthly Archives: May 2014

light moves screendance symposium

via Lisa Hallinan:


Hosted by Dance Limerick and The University of Limerick

As part of LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance 

November 6th – 9th November 2014


Following the recent call for films, Light Moves Festival of Screendance is now pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2014: Rooting/ Rerouting Screendance

The aim of the symposium is to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts and text.  Proposals are invited from national and international practitioners and scholars for 15-20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.

The theme for this years symposium is “Rooting / Rerouting Screendance” and papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • The collaborative bridge – balancing interdisciplinarity, dance and technology
  • Sound and movement
  • The body on location and in landscape
  • Scripts and the dramaturgy of screendance
  • Framed moving bodies
  • Choreographed/improvised ‘Liveness’ and the fixed medium


Proposals for presentations, papers, and project discussions should be emailed to on or before 22nd July 2014.  Please submit in PDF format only.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should include:

  • The title of your paper or presentation
  • A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how)
  • State your preferred presentation format/approach
  • A short biography
  • AV requirements
  • Images and weblinks, if necessary

Full details available at:

Light Moves is curated and directed by Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson and is a Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project collaboration with festival partners Dance Limerick and DMARC (The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS Dept. University of Limerick) and additional support from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Light Moves gratefully acknowledges the support of Limerick City of Culture and the University of Limerick.

For further details please contact  

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editorial board – screendance journal

The Centre for Screendance began as the Screendance Network and was initiated by Claudia Kappenberg, Doug Rosenberg and Katrina MacPherson. One of the projects that the Centre for Screendance has developed is the International Journal of Screendance. The first volume of IJSD was published in the (northern) spring of 2010. There have since been three volumes, and volume 4 will be published later in 2014. These first four volumes were edited by Doug Rosenberg and Claudia Kappenberg.

Earlier this year, Harmony Bench and I became the new editors of IJSD and volume 5 will be published in March/April 2015. We thought it might be helpful for readers of this blog to have a sense of the Journal’s editorial board. This is the group of people who are responsible for overseeing the integrity and planning of the journal. They are:

  • Doug Rosenberg
  • Claudia Kappenberg
  • Miranda Pennell
  • Ann Cooper Albright
  • Marisa Zanotti
  • Theron Schmidt
  • Sarah Whatley
  • Frank Gray
  • Kyra Norman
  • Ellen Bromberg
  • Silvina Szperling
  • Harmony Bench
  • Simon Ellis

We’ll keep you posted over the progress of volumes 4 and 5.

Simon Ellis


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Une idée du mouvement – French filmmaker Germaine Dulac


An article on French filmmaker Germaine Dulac by Marion Carrot, posted on the SCREENDANCE STUDIES blog of the Festival International de Video Danse de Bourgogne;

Une idée du mouvement – Étude de quelques figures dansées dans la filmographie de Germaine Dulac.

via Une idée du mouvement – Étude de quelques figures dansées dans la filmographie de Germaine Dulac.

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community, screendance and writing: seeking submissions

I wanted to explore things that related to my life; less about the studio, more about what’s outside the studio.

– Charles Atlas (2011,

This is a call for papers for volume 5 of the International Journal of Screendance. The theme for this volume will be community and screendance, and we are interested in papers that test the ways in which a broad range of ideas about community influence screendance practices, philosophy, debates and work, and, indeed, how screendance practices and critical thinking might help us to question or subvert the nature and value of community.

Topics could include (but are not limited to):

• Interior positions

What happens to screendance practices when makers work from the inside of communities such as companies, collectives, and other organisations? Rather than standing outside existing works, dance companies, and artistic processes and outcomes, what are the ramifications of adopting an interior position? For example, how might thinking and methods from documentary practices and art film practices such as those used by Charles Atlas and Chantal Akerman suggest new strategies and approaches towards screendance?

• Community dance

Community Dance was once a label that signified choreographic processes and products which valued the social more than the artistic. What screendance practices have helped to question or redefine community arts practices? For example, practitioners like Andy Wood (UK) and Doug Rosenberg (USA) create work with and for their communities (and often with their friends). How is screendance being made through ideas of community? What are the community practices of screendance and why might they be important? Might these relatively small-scale community-oriented screendance practices be considered radical as our understanding of the idea of the social is stretched by the global reach of social media?

• Beyond and because of the computer

Ubiquitous personal computers – particularly laptops – with free video editing software lie at the heart of post-production techniques in film-making and screendance. These techniques happen, for the most part, alone. What might this solitude reveal about community in screendance? If working in your bedroom through a single screen is also about accessing the work of other people in your screendance community, then how does this change and feed our practices? From online tutorials, to the sharing of practices, tests and films, as we work alone we are part of various social interfaces that inform, nurture, and change our thinking and practice.

• Crowd funding

Has the rise of crowd-funding generated new or alternative economies that might support radical practices, emerging practice and minority practices? What alternatives exist, and how might work with – or experiences of – crowd funding generate or facilitate critical thinking about how our practices are part of social economies of practice, support and presentation?

• Support and collaboration

What mechanisms and approaches through various types of communities allow us to practice and thrive as individual artists with distinct visions, and how do such communities allow us to support each other? What collaborative screendance practices are emerging as artists respond to complex and demanding socio-economic environments?

• Screenings and festivals

Screendance festivals are the most common platform for screendance artists to develop and participate in communities around the world. They are where we show and discuss work, meet other practitioners, and have our work placed alongside other works in programs that are curated to a greater or less extent. But what of other methods for showing work? For example, how might single screenings build, disrupt or broaden our understanding of community?  Further to this, what role do screenings of canonical screendance works – Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage – have to play in developing community-based dialogues about our discipline?

We invite contributions of scholarly research, interviews, reviews, provocations, viewpoints, visual essays, and work by emerging scholars on the theme of community. For the purposes of review, please indicate which of the above categories best characterize your contribution. Please note: scholarly papers are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process, and should be 3500-6000 words. All other contributions will be reviewed by the editorial board. The deadline for all contributions is 1 August 2014. The volume will be published online in March 2015 following the peer-review and editorial process.

Previous issues of the IJSD are available at

Volume 5 of IJSD will be published online using the Open Journal System at

Very best wishes

Harmony Bench and Simon Ellis (editors, Int J. of Screendance)

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