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Publication: International Journal of Screendance Vol 13

We are pleased to announce that “Choreographing The Archive, Interfaces between Screendance and Archival Film Practices” in volume 13 of The International Journal of Screendance has been published online and is available to read following the link below. This thematic section explores a range of archival approaches and was initially imagined as a space for reflection on the growing number of international screendance projects created from archival and found footage. However, the papers submitted here reflect a much wider framework of research beyond the archive as source material that inspire readers to question the very notion of the archive itself.


We are very grateful to Kyra Norman, the editorial team and editorial board for their continued support. It has been a very exciting journey to immerse ourselves into various approaches and perspectives of archive in screendance, and we are sincerely thankful to the authors who kindly contributed to the topic.

We hope you enjoy the plunge into this new assembly of articles, reviews, images and interviews. 

– Marisa Hayes & Luisa Lazzaro

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

Cover photo by Elena Benthaus, used with permission. Cover design by Regina Harlig.

We are thrilled to announce the publication of The International Journal of Screendance vol. 12, This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen, at https://doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v12i0.

As always, the issue is free to download.

This journal special issue arose in part to document and account for how amateur, artistic, and academic communities pivoted to reimagine what it means to practice dance and screendance under what for most of us were unprecedented circumstances, when all dance became screendance. A running theme of this issue is how well our existing understandings of screendance—and indeed of our world as a whole—held up under the pressures of a heavily mediated and mediatized pandemic. The intense and collective (though not universal) turn to screendance and to the internet has revealed and accelerated extant politics, platforms, norms, and genres in dance, while also opening up space to reconsider the values attached to each of these. This journal has always maintained the position that screendance encompasses more than dance film, and this issue reflects a renewed insistence that there is something both useful and urgent about gathering together the various projects of dance onscreen and considering them alongside each other.

We are very excited to have contributors writing from five continents, with articles by L. Archer Porter, Francesca Ferrer-Best, Hetty Blades, Claire Loussouarn, Siobhan Murphy, Callum Anderson, Dara Milovanovic, and Kate Mattingly and Tria Blu Wakpa. Provocations and Viewpoints were contributed by Elisa Frasson, Marisa C. Hayes, Marco Longo, Ariadne Mikou, and Katja Vaghi; Catherine Cabeen; Kathryn Logan; Maïko Le Lay; Sandhiya Kalyanasundaram; Elena Benthaus; Rebecca Salzer; Melissa Blanco Borelly and madison moore; Sumedha Bhattacharyya; Diane Busuttil; and Omari ‘Motion’ Carter. The issue also includes Interviews between Laura Vriend and Nichole Canuso, and Tsiambwom Akuchu and Alexandra Harlig, and a review by Jo Cork.

This issue introduces roundtables as a print format, featuring edited and condensed forms of the three roundtables presented at our March symposium: TikTok and Short-form Screendance, Screendance Festivals and Online Audiences, and The Future of Screendance. Additionally, full-length videos are available on both the journal and conference websites.

The editors Harmony Bench and Alexandra Harlig.

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Call for Papers for Volume 13, due out in 2022

Volume 12 of the International Journal of Screendance is about to be published and meanwhile we are inviting two types of submission for the next issue, Volume 13:

  • Papers that respond to the theme, Choreographing the Archive, as proposed by guest editors Marisa C. Hayes and Luisa Lazzaro (further details below)
  • Papers presented as an open submission, on any topic of relevance in the context of an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of screendance, edited by Kyra Norman


The International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of Screendance.  It is the first-ever scholarly journal wholly dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice.  Since our first publication in 2010, an annual volume has brought together emerging and established voices in the field – and from a range of areas with which this hybrid form intersects – to stimulate ongoing debate and discourse.  https://screendancejournal.org

Some previous volumes have been themed around a particular artist, topic or proposition, for example the work of Maya Deren; notions of communities in screendance practice; or the impact of Covid19 on our field, in our forthcoming volume This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen.  Other volumes have resulted from open calls for submissions: the range of contributions indicating something of the questions being asked of and through screendance in that moment.  For Volume 13 we will combine these approaches, and in 2022 our publication will provide space for articles responding to an open call, alongside articles addressing the theme Choreographing the Archive.

Choreographing the Archive: Interfaces Between Screendance & Archival Film Practices

Archival footage represents a broad scope of moving images, including amateur films & family archives, educational films, advertisements, newsreels, documentary and feature films. Whether randomly happening upon “found footage” or actively researching film collections, screendance artists have created a growing number of films that incorporate the use of archival footage. David Hinton and Siobhan Davies’ collaboration All This Can Happen has become exemplary of how archival footage can be reimagined and composed as choreographic material for the screen, following Hinton’s collaborations with Rosemary Lee (Snow, 2003) and Yolande Snaith (Birds, 2000). Miranda Pennell has been instrumental in applying and developing a performative approach to archive (The Host 2016, Gestures of Love and Violence 2013, Why Colonnel Bunny was killed 2010) that also expands ideas of choreography and performance with still images and archival footage. In the visual arts and film an extensive body of archive-based project has emerged throughout the 20th century with the appropriation of existing visual material, and the rise of appropriation art in the 1980s.

Archival footage presents an opportunity to highlight temporal shifts between past and present. The original context may be eschewed entirely in favor of creating a fictional framework. For many, the process of identifying choreographic material within archival images resonates strongly with recent studies in media archaeology. Using this approach, lost, forgotten, and found material is analysed through its resurgence, historical context and communicative style. This process leads to observations and questions about the ethical, aesthetic, curatorial and ontological implications entwined within archive footage. For this journal issue, the hybrid nature of screendance may allow for new explorations in relation to archival footage to emerge and the issue aims to provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and curators to present new ideas about the archive in screendance. How do works of screendance that use archival/found footage challenge definitions of dance, compositional methods, and the way we envision movement on screen? Areas of interest for this call include but are not limited to:

  • Expanded choreography practices through identification and editing of found/archival footage
  • Media archaeology and screendance
  • Relationships of ontology, authenticity, and reinvention in archival footage
  • Interface between concepts of found footage and found choreography
  • Ethics of working with found & archival footage in screendance
  • Approaches to curating found and archival footage at screendance events
  • Family and Autoethnography
  • Shifting historicities and temporalities
  • Interface between old technologies and new technologies
  • Performative approaches to archival footage and/or archive photographs

Please note, as volume 7 of The International Journal of Screendance is dedicated to David Hinton and Siobhan Davies film All This Can Happen,the guest editors will favor submissions that discuss other films and artists working with archival images in screendance. References to All This Can Happen are fine but should not be the sole focus of submission proposals.

Schedule for themed submissions:

  • Preferred but not required: Expression of interest and short proposal sent to marisa@videodansebourgogne.com & luisa.studiosei@gmail.com  with the subject line “Choreographing the Archive: Interfaces Between Screendance & Archival Film Practices”  extended to 30 July 2021
  • Preliminary submission deadline on journal platform: 1 October 2021
  • Publication date: May/ June 2022

For enquiries relating to themed submissions, please email the IJSD guest editors Marisa C. Hayes and Luisa Lazzaro: marisa@videodansebourgogne.com & luisa.studiosei@gmail.com

Schedule for open submissions:

  • Preferred but not required: expression of interest and short proposal sent to kyra.norman@gmail.com with the subject line “IJSD Open Call“: extended to 30 July 2021
  • Preliminary submission deadline on journal platform: 1 October 2021
  • Publication date: May/June 2022

For enquiries regarding open submissions please email the IJSD editor Kyra Norman at kyra.norman@gmail.com

Further information about the International Journal of Screendance submission process

  • Scholarly articles (3500–6000 words) are peer-reviewed in a fully anonymous process. All other contributions will be reviewed by the editorial board. We are also interested in publishing Interviews (2000–3000 words), Reviews of books, films, or events (750–1000 words) and Provocations and Viewpoints (750–1000 words). For the purposes of review, please indicate which of the above categories best characterizes your contribution.
  • If you are interested in submitting a contribution that does not fall into the above categories, please contact the editor for additional direction.
  • Authors must register with IJSD at https://screendancejournal.org/ in order to upload submissions. All submissions should be uploaded by authors in .docx or .rtf format.
  • Please use the IJSD style guide – https://screendancejournal.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines – to correctly format your document.
  • Example article (to help with formatting and style guide questions): https://doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v5i0.4423
  • Publications in all sections are indexed, but only scholarly articles are peer-reviewed. Please see IJSD’s Editorial Policies for more information.
  • IJSD is published via the Open Journal System.
  • IJSD is published in English and uses American spelling and punctuation.
  • IJSD is published as PDF and HTML files and is fully open access. We serve the screendance field as a whole; therefore, there are no fees for submission, processing, publication, or access to IJSD.
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int j. of screendance – open call for submissions volume 6

Submission Deadline: 31 July 2015

This is an open call for submissions to Volume 6 of the International Journal of Screendance: http://screendancejournal.org/.

We welcome contributions and scholarship that test, provoke and challenge screendance work and practices, debates, and theoretical positions. How might the act of writing about and towards this cross-disciplinary form help scholars and artists subvert the nature, forms, frames, and value of screendance? Recent issues have focused on the relationship of theory and practice in screendance, and community and collaboration. For volume 6, we welcome contributions on any topic relevant to screendance, including intersections with the fields of dance, performance, visual art, cinema and media arts, and the way their practices, technologies, theories, and philosophies assist in contextualizing contemporary work for screen. We also invite essays related to dance in popular media such as television, popular film, and internet platforms.

We invite contributions related to all aspects of screendance production, curation, reception, history, and analysis in the forms of scholarly research, interviews, reviews, provocations and viewpoints, visual essays, as well as work by emerging scholars. For the purposes of review, please indicate which of the above categories best characterizes your contribution. All submissions should be uploaded by authors to IJSD’s Open Journal System at screendancejournal.org.

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.

Style Guide: http://screendancejournal.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
Example article (to help with formatting questions): http://screendancejournal.org/article/view/4423/3910


Submission Deadline: 31 July 2015
Publication Date: April 2016

For enquiries please email the International Journal of Screendance editors Harmony Bench bench.9@osu.edu and Simon Ellis simon.ellis@roehampton.ac.uk.

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French blog Digidanse

Nicolas Villodre (Collections, La Cinémathèque de la Danse, Paris) reviews After Deren, the new issue of the International Journal of Screendance, and comments on a recent discussion and presentation on Screendance at the Figures du geste dansé;  Digidanse



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After Deren is the 3rd issue of the International Journal of Screendance.

It is published by Parallel Press and available online.

Hardcopies have also been printed and can be purchased here;

For any other questions leave a reply here or email:

Claudia Kappenberg, C.Kappenberg@brighton.ac.uk

Douglas Rosenberg, rosend@education.wisc.edu

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All this can happen

Last night the new film and collaboration between Siobhan Davies and David Hinton was premiered at Dance Umbrella.

‘All this can happen’ is a major oeuvre, a choreographic and editorial feast with a stunning visuality and amazing soundscape, which take the viewer on a long walk, so to speak, as in Robert Walser’s short story The Walk (1917).

The introductory notes include this description: “Frame by frame, we follow this man’s thoughts and experiences through a constellation of images from a world in all its random diversity. As in a flick book, ordinary movements from everyday activities appear, evolve and freeze, creating a striking choreographic work that playfully blurs our sense of memory, imagination and our sense of self.”

The random diversity includes many things from urban street scenes, kids playing, a man strolling down a country lane, a giant, a traumatised individual staring out from a bed,  greyhounds racing and filmstrips ending in abstract patterns. There is much to think about this epic journey, its sounds and images.

If anyone would like to write a review of this film for the next issue of the International Journal of Screendance please get in touch with us!

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The International Journal of Screendance, Issue 2 Now Available!!

Issue # 2, of The International Journal of Screendance now available

Scaffolding the Medium

Scaffolding the Medium brings together a number of historical texts within the context of screendance as part of an endeavor to build a variable scaffolding, one that begins to both create a common knowledge base and also to support a kind of cantilevered interdisciplinarity. This issue contains five curated discussions which each take as their initial premise a key text that speaks to concerns relevant to the discourse of contemporary screendance. Iterative texts by writers including, Martin Heidegger, Amelia Jones, Laura Mulvey, Rosalind Krauss and Pia Ednie-Brown inspire reflections by Ann Cooper Albright, Ann Dils, Kent de Spain, Lisa Naugle and John Crawford, Tom Lopez, Harmony Bench, Hannah Kosstrin, Jason Farman, Melissa Blanco Borelli, Douglas Rosenberg, Virginia Piper, Terry Sprague, Rodrigo Alonso, Claudia Rosiny, Kyra Norman, Miranda Pennell, Augusto Corrieri, Simon Ellis, Dianne Reid and Lucy Cash. Artist’s pages by Adam Roberts, reviews by Scott deLahunta and Claudia Rosiny and a section on Maya Deren by Elinor Cleghorn.  Finally, the issue features a report on the recent Screendance Symposium in Brighton by Claudia Kappenberg and Sarah Whatley.  This issue is edited by Douglas Rosenberg and Claudia Kappenberg.

The International Journal of Screendance is published by Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

For ordering information please see:



Online edition coming soon!!

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Call for Submissions

The International Journal of Screendance, Volume 3, ‘After Deren’.

The editorial board of the International Journal of Screendance is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our third issue to be published Spring 2013.

October 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Maya Deren. In recognition of Deren’s considerable legacy as a filmmaker, theorist and experimental instigator of a choreographic cinema, we invite artists and scholars to join us in engaging with the continued relevance of her art in relation to contemporary debates, themes, and practices. We welcome proposals for essays and feature articles exploring the resonance of Deren’s filmmaking, writings and advocacies in the context of 21st century visual culture and critical theory. We also encourage wider reflections on related contemporary issue by artists, curators and choreographers working within media and time based practices.

Submission of papers (3000 – 5000 words) or artists’ pages (1000 – 1500 words) in the first instance to guest editor Elinor Cleghorn at elinorcleghorn@gmail.com. Submission deadline extended to 20th July 2012.

For the online publication go to: http://journals.library.wisc.edu/index.php/screendance/index

To order hard copies of existing issues go to http://parallelpress.library.wisc.edu/ordering.shtml

For any other enquiries and to receive a style sheet email screendancejournal@gmail.com

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