Here is a blog post with comments from the 1st cohort of students on the new Screendance MA at the Place, London; its all about diversity, hybridity and the intersection of practices…
I had a look at the trailer for a new project by Teddy Forance and others called Movement One.
Fifteen seconds into the trailer, the voiceover (Forance?) says:
It’s always been a dream of mine to combine dance and film into one experience
The thing about this statement that frustrates me is that it seems to imply that this film is something extraordinary or unique, but really it’s just someone using words (any words) to convey ambition and marketing. What does one experience mean? One experience for whom? Audience, choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, camera operator?
Over the entire history of screendance perhaps it is the very few films that haven’t simply combined dance and film that are unique (or extraordinary).
This reminds me of Peter Schmidt’s idea (as told by Brian Eno) of ‘not doing the things that nobody had ever thought of not doing’. If the most basic assumption in screendance is to combine dance and film then it is vital that we continue to search for things that nobody has ever thought of not doing.