Autumn 2020 | South East Dance, Brighton | Co-curator
The pandemic has turbocharged artists’ and organisations’ interest in dance on screen.
As part of South East Dance’s 2020 Vision programme, I was invited to co-create a series of panel discussions with artists and practitioners to take stock of the field of dance film and dance and technology at this particular moment.
LIFF Screendance Competition
Ongoing | Leeds International Film Festival | Programmer
The screendance competition at LIFF, initiated by Andy Wood and supported by Yorkshire Dance, presents a selection of current screendance work as part of this premier UK festival.
Founded in 1987, LIFF is the largest film festival in England outside London.
The screenings take place in November – check the LIFF website for updates.
Festival of Korean Dance
4-11 December 2020 | The Place, London | Curator
A an online programme of screendance by Korean artists.
It was a brilliant, if sometimes complicated, experience to immerse myself in work by Korean artists, with the help of many of my ever supportive contacts in the screendance field, and in particular Soohye Jessica Jang who helped me navigate territory.
The final programme is a journey of
London Contemporary Dance School | Course leader
I am course leader (maternity cover) on this new MA for artists working with dance and moving image.
If you are interested in developing your screendance practice through a tailored postgraduate programme, this might be just the ticket.
And look out for the Frame Rush Festival, led by the students on my module, happening every March at The Place!
December 2020 | Ciné-Corps, Marseille | Co-curator
I have been invited to co-create two programmes of dance films with director Virginie Combet.
Originally, this was planned for outdoor exhibition in Summer 2020, but the covid-19 pandemic changed our plans. We are now hoping to show the work in Autumn 2020, in an indoor setting.
April 2021 | Kinesthesia Festival, London | Co-director
The new Kinesthesia festival focuses on the body as the agent of seeing rather than as an object of display while challenging the domination of the visual over other senses in our culture.
The call for submissions is open now, visit FilmFreeway to find out more.
December 2020 | Frameform, USA | Guest
Frameform is a “A podcast discussing movies, moving and everything in between.”
Set up and hosted by Jen Ray (Cascadia/Capitol DFF), Hannah Weber (Screendance Collective) and Clare Schweitzer (artist / San Francisco Dance Film Festival), the podcast discusses dance film work, production and exhibition. I was invited to join the conversation about the networks and connections in dance film.
International Screendance Calendar
Ongoing | Screendance Calendar
Filmmaker Simon Fildes had created and shared a Google calendar of screendance festivals; however maintaining this resource is a labour-intensive job.
Simon allowed me to organise a team to maintain the calendar on a voluntary basis, and to ask organisers to submit their information (rather than having to scour the internet ‘manually’). So far it’s going well!
Dance on Screen: Stories Through Choreography
3 November 2020 | Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York | Facilitator
Facilitating a discussion as part of ASFF’s Masterclasses series, which offer insight from established industry figures.
I will be joined by Shobana Jeyasingh, Alexander Whitley, and Omari Carter, to look at the potential of film and video from the perspective of the choreographer.
Screen Dance International
May 2020 | Screen Dance International, Detroit | Jury member
Together with Simon Fildes, Hyonok Kim and Deirdre Towers I will be on the jury for the third edition of this festival in Michigan
Tanzrauschen / IMZ dance screen
22 Novemeber 2019 | Tanzrauschen, Wuppertal | Mentor
I am taking part in the one-on-one expert sessions at Tanzrauschen’s Screen Dance Market.
October / November 2019 | Screen.Dance Scotland, Perth | Panel member
I am one of the panel members, alongside Heike Salzer and Andy Wood, shortlisting and selecting the commissions of the inaugural one minute screendance commissions
Dance Umbrella 2019
October 2019 | Dance Umbrella, London | Curator
London’s international dance festival will present three programmes of dance film, and I am excited to curate one of them. The programme will showcase a selection of international screendance work.
Festival Quartiers Danses 2019
September 2019 | Festival Quartiers Danses, Montreal | Curator
This Montreal festival’s mission is to “democratise contemporary dance” by making it accessible to audiences in all its forms.
I have been invited to create a screening of UK dance film work to present as part of the festival’s screendance strand.
La Danza in 1 Minuto
June 2019 | COORPI, Turin | Jury member
The 8th edition of this fantastic dance film competition has grown to include 1-minute films from Italy, and an international competition of work of 2-8 minutes. The screening and award ceremony is on 7 June.
Marlene Millar solo exhibition
29 June 2019 | Horsecross, Perth | Panelist
I’m joining the discussion at the first solo exhibition by the multi-award-winning Canadian artist and filmmaker Marlene Millar, panning 30 years of her creative practice.