Category Archives: festival

THIS IS WHERE WE DANCE NOW: COVID-19 AND THE NEW AND NEXT IN DANCE ONSCREEN – Part 2

Friday and Saturday 19/20th March if you are in the US (or Sat 21March if you are in the UK/ Australia) there are two more Paper Panels, one Roundtable of Screendance Festivals and online audiences, and to conclude Tea with the International Journal of Screendance Editorial Board.

Below an extract from Vilma Tihilä’s panel presentation from last weekend, Roundtable: After quarantine: The future of screendance;

What is behind the words? What is before the words? What is it, that one can only know by feeling it, or experiencing it? What is it which can not be explained with words? What is the vocabulary for a language with no words?

These are a few of the questions I often return in my work. For me the potential, the excitement and the challenge in dance film making is to find the ideas, the techniques, and the combinations which deal with these questions in practice. And the key approach for me in this practice is poetics.

Dance film in its physical, visual and aural languages has a poetic approach, and through that it offers radical, self-reflective, fluid and innovative strategies to address questions in meaning making, communication and storytelling. And this is the power of screendance. Through the poetic strategies screendance can challenge thinking and doing in the fields of cinema, dance, media arts, visual arts and so on.

A poetics in dance film for me, links with feminist issues, intersectional perspectives and fluid mechanics of passing dichotomies, categories and roles assigned. Asking not only what but more importantly how.

Vilma Tihilä (b. 1991) is a Finnish film director specializing in dance film. Tihilä holds a Master of Arts in Screendance from London Contemporary Dance School and a degree in contemporary dance from Turku Conservatory. She has also studied physical cinema at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Tihilä’s films have been screened at various festivals internationally including Loikka Dance Film Festival in Finland, Quinzena de Dança de Almada in Portugal, F-O-R-M Festival in Canada, and Video-poetry Festival in Argentina, among others.

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This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen

This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen is a symposium happening over two weekends—March 12-13 and March 19-20, convened by Harmony Bench and Alexandra Harlig at Ohio State University, US. The symposium will have focused roundtables on TikTok, screendance festivals, and the future of the field, as well as paper presentations and lightning talks. We’ll also have an opportunity for attendees to talk with the editorial board for The International Journal of Screendance and share thoughts and ideas about future directions.

Please see the full schedule and presenter bios at https://u.osu.edu/thisiswherewedancenow/symposium-schedule/

The symposium is free, but everyone must register at https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcuuhqD4vGNSHPPn2Np_c2d9nwJ3jEoCO. This will generate an email with a link and password to join; there is one Zoom link for the entire symposium.

We will continue to update the website with more information. We will also be on social media with the hashtag #WhereWeDanceNow.

We’re really looking forward to this event, and hope you are too. Please share.

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grounded, Screening 1 live for 24hrs

grounded – Screening 1 is live:

INTERIOR WORLDS / EXTERIOR LIVES

AN EXPLORATION OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF BOUNDARIES AND SPACE, AND HOW BODIES MOVE WITHIN AND ACROSS THEM.

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Showing:

BEN RIVERS, THE COMING RACE (IRELAND, 2006), 16MM FILM TRANSFERRED TO VIDEO B/W, 05.00

HARRIET MIDDLETON BAKER, THE WAR ROOM, AN OPERA! (UK, 2018), VIDEO, 11.11

HOLLY BLAKEY, SOME GREATER CLASS (UK, 2015), VIDEO, 03.14 

JORDAN BASEMAN, GENDERSICK (USA, 2019), VIDEO, 12.00

URSULA MAYER, CINESEXUAL (AUSTRIA, 2014), 16MM FILM TRANSFERRED TO VIDEO (SILENT), 03.44

ADHAM FARAMAWY, SKIN FLICK (UK, 2019), VIDEO, 13.30

PAUL MAHEKE, TROPICALITELE ET LEXOTE (FRANCE, 2014), HD VIDEO (SILENT), 12.45

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grounded, A Season of Screendance, 28 July – 9 August

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grounded is a season of online screenings that brings work together work from the fields of artist moving image, documentary and screendance.

Each set of films will be available online for 24 hours; the screening dates are

Screening 1: Tuesday 28 July 6pm – Wednesday 29 July 6pm

Screening 2:  Thursday 30 July 6pm – Friday 31 July 6pm

Screening 3:  Tuesday 4 August 6pm – Wednesday 5 August 6pm

Screening 4:  Thursday 6 August 6pm – Friday 7 August 6pm

Talk: Saturday 8 August, 3 – 5pm – LIVE ON FACEBOOK

Screening 5 : Saturday 8 August 6pm – Sunday 9 August 6pm

Supported by the University of Brighton and focusing on artists predominantly based in the south- east of England and London, grounded proposes a way of thinking about movement as a political act. Set against the backdrop of Covid-19, the season considers the variety of ways artists use movement in video and film to explore the relationship of the body to society, of confinement to imagination, and health to politics. Much like the Danse Macabre, a medieval allegory about the equalising power of death, the programme is a space, albeit virtual, where we can reflect on questions around solitude and communication, community and identity, solidarity and our futures.

grounded echoes the approach of those working in grounded theory who gather materials together to understand the social conventions that affect how people act and relate to each other. The season asks how we may break new ground in developing a social fabric that is welcoming, how we traverse boundaries and dissolve conventions, how we nurture newness and mourn what we have lost, how we remember and how we forget, how we explore what it means to be human.

The programme is composed of five online screenings, each appearing online for 24 hours from 6pm, and is hosted by Coastal Currents, Hastings UK. Curated by Claudia Kappenberg, University of Brighton and Fiontán Moran, Tate Modern.

#groundedscreendance

LIST OF ARTISTS: Jordan Baseman, David Blandy, Holly Blakey, Lucy Cash, Lisa Clifford, Phoebe Collings-James, Hugh O’Connor, Oona Doherty, Dave Tynan, Becky Edmunds, Adham Faramawy, HRH, Evan Ifekoya, Onyeka Igwe, Fenia Kotsopoulou, Andrew Kötting, Paul Maheke, Zoë Marden, Ursula Mayer, Harriet Middleton Baker, Graeme Miller, Hugh O’Connor, Harold Offeh, Florence Peake, Sally Potter, Yvonne Rainer, Ben Rivers, John Smith, Eve Stainton, Dave Tynan, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Cheryl White, Gray Wielebinski.

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Screendance curation, postcolonial and feminist perspectives and image technologies

Regards Hybrides is preparing for the next festival 21-24th November, in Montreal Canada: “An International Forum returns with its second edition. Conceived as a key event dedicated to the interaction between dance and cinema in the age of digital media, the Internet and the multiplication of screens in our daily lives, the forum gathers researchers, artists and the general public around artworks and major issues. This year, artist and curator Priscilla Guy invites us to take a critical look at the interactions between dancing bodies and cameras through popular culture and low-tech creation. In a sea of technological innovation, what becomes of creativity on a human scale and its impact on our relationship with the world on a daily basis? Favouring postcolonial and feminist perspectives, twenty guests from Canada and abroad will share their thoughts as part of screenings, performances, lectures, and round-table discussions.” 

Video teaser : https://vimeo.com/367805003

Detailed program and online box office : https://tangentedanse.ca/en/event/rirh-2019/

FB event : https://www.facebook.com/events/2399146826982803/

English Press Release to follow.  French press release

Contributing to the enquiry into the relation between image technologies and modes of representation Claudia Kappenberg (United Kingdom) has curated a programme by UK-based filmmakers:

  • Priya / Directed by: Alia Syed / 16mm/ 11 min / 2012 / United Kingdom
  • How the earth Must see itself / Directed by: Lucy Cash / 16mm transferred to HD/ 11 min / 2019 / United Kingdom
  • Blues in B-flat / Directed by: Jayne Parker / Digibeta from original 16mm/ 8 min / 2000 / United Kingdom
  • Pace / Directed by: Katrina McPherson, Marisa Zanotti / Beta/ 4 min / 1995 / United Kingdom
  • Snow / Directed by: David Hinton, Rosemary Lee / found film footage/ 8 min / 2003 / United Kingdom
  • KLIPPERTY KLÖPP 2 / Directed by: Andrew Kötting / 16mm and HD/ 12 min / 2017 / United Kingdom
  • Sunday / Directed by: Gina Kawecka / Video/ 8 min / 2014 / United Kingdom
  • State of Grace / Directed by: John Smith / HD/ 3 min / 2019 / United Kingdom
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Call for entries for Film Rush

From Gitta Wigro, The Place, London UK:

I am pleased to share with you the call for entries for Frame Rush, the festival run by the students on The Place‘s brand new MA in #ScreendanceThey are a fab bunch of artists, and I can’t wait to see the vibrant and rich event they will create.

Submissions are via FilmFreeway; it’s free to submit and the call closes on 7 January 2019.  

The festival itself will take place over two days on 15-16 March 2019, at The Place in London. 

https://filmfreeway.com/FrameRush

https://www.lcds.ac.uk/frame-rush-place-screendance

Best wishes,

Gitta Wigro

Gitta Wigro, dance | film projects

Website http://gwigro.wordpress.com

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