2nd year student Beth Brownless fulfils her passion for film

Bethany Brownless, a 3rd year student on the BA honours Dance degree at Teesside University got the chance to put the skills she learnt in second year module Dance For Camera to the test this year working on several exciting professional projects. Beth has an interest in becoming a Videographer, creating screendances, and documenting different projects through film.

Over the summer period she completed a professional work placement as a videographer with Jennifer Essex, a senior lecturer at Teesside University. Beth documented Jennifer’s project Replicas, an interactive dance performance influenced by the evolution of communication and intimacy in relationships. Beth’s role as videographer involved creating a series of short films, documenting the rehearsal process, and performances at Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In October, Beth worked as a videographer for Lorraine Smith, a senior lecturer at Teesside University, Annie O’Donnell, an independent artist and Peter Heselton, a music producer documenting their performance of Elizabeth and the Three Sisters which was performed as part of Nightfall 2016.

Beth says:

“These experiences really challenged my skills as a videographer. I had to use my own initiative, allowing myself to experiment with camera angles, positioning, storylines, music choices and, editing abilities. I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge as a videographer and this has enlightened my passion to take this further, gaining a future career from this. “

Watch one of Beth’s films:

SELECCIÓN OFICIAL FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE VIDEODANZA DE CHILE, CUARTA VERSIÓN

The screen dance 63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W by dance lecturer Heike Salzer has been curated to be part of the official selection of the International Videodance Festival in Chile. The film will be shown as part of the curated programme ECOLOGÍA. Danzar: la máquina de lo viviente (ECOLOGY. Dance: the living machine)

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New dance lecturer joining the team

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Essex as a new team member to the dance section.

A 2002 graduate of the Professional Programme of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, Jennifer received by BA honours degree in Dance/Theatre.  She has been creating work for stage, film, fashion, and site-specific projects for the past 10 years. She is the recipient of multiple awards from the Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada Arts Councils and has been involved in several projects in the UK that have attracted G4A and National Lottery Funding. She has performed in many projects working with choreographers such as Gary Clarke, Liam Steel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Luca Silvestrini, Eva Recacha, and Wayne Sables, among others.  Recently she has been a dancer in the feature film “Anna Karenina”, Directed by Joe Wright, and “Les Miserables” Directed by Tom Hooper.  You can also see her in the ballroom scenes of ITV drama “Murder on the Homefront”.

For more information about Jennifer’s work please see her website:  http://www.jenniferessex.com

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Teesside Lecturer takes on Huddersfield Costume Show

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This Summer Senior Dance Lecturer Lorraine Smith travelled down to Huddersfield University with Louise Logan (Teesside Student Researcher), Sadie Brooks and Emma Bryan (2nd year Teesside dance students on work placement) to choreograph the Costume with Textiles Degree Show 2015. The show consisted of 26 pieces, around 65 performers (in full costume) and only 10 days to do it in! Thankfully Costume lecturer Nadia Malik and her team were super organised and ready with tea on tap.

The costumes were fantastic and the performers (some of whom had never performed before) did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Lorraine also had the opportunity, with the help of Louise, to collect some interesting performer interviews, which will inform her future research into the impact of costume on the performer.

Lorraine hopes to take future dance students along as assistant choreographers next year.

WE Create film screendances in Iceland

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Programme leader Heike Salzer (dancer in orange) has spent a two week long artists residency travelling through the exciting landscape of Iceland together with Videographer Ana Baer (behind camera, Texas State University) and Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson. The collective with the name WE Create develops exciting screen dances which are created on location. The ‘Extreme Landscapes’ project included among others filming screendance at waterfalls, the impressive Icelandic mountains, black beaches and geo-thermal areas. This exciting research will lead to several screen dance that will be exhibited internationally.

For more info, visit the website: www.salts.nl

(Image credits: Ingi Jensson)

Netotiloz, dance video with BA Dance students at international Festival

A dance video by international videographer and part-time lecturer Jessica Smith who directed BA Dance students in a video inspired by Mexican artist Carmen Avalos is being screened at Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance this week! Don’t miss to see the exciting events at this festival!

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Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside

Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside

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International choreographer Professor Ana Baer has been working with students at Teesside University.

Professor Baer has been teaching dance for over 25 years in her native Mexico, Spain and America – for the past seven years as Associate Professor at Texas State University.

During her time at Teesside as a visiting academic, she led choreography masterclasses and worked with BA (Hons) Dance students to prepare for the University’s Creative Teesside, an annual celebration of work by students from across the wide range of creative subject areas within the School of Arts & Media.

She was also involved in the TDFF (Tees Dance Film Festival) where she gave a presentation on the prestigious international Sans Souci festival held in Colorada, which she co-directs.

Professor Baer, who has been involved in collaborative projects with Teesside University’s Dance Programme Leader Heike Salzer, said: ‘I knew nothing about the Northern part of England until I was introduced to it by Heike. Spending time here has been a wonderful experience.

‘I really enjoy working with students from various cultures as people move so distinctively in different locations. It is almost idiosyncratic to each place.

‘It is a challenge to develop and work on a piece of dance with students I have never met before, but I also enjoy the creative process and the students at Teesside have been wonderful. The culture of Teesside is very welcoming.’

Heike said: ‘It is extremely beneficial for our students to experience working with choreographers and international artists from varied cultural backgrounds as it helps to broaden their experience and it also helps us as teachers to share best practice.

‘Our international visiting academics scheme continues to produce fruitful collaborations and we’re hoping to develop our collaborative work further and looking at ways in which we can connect our students in Teesside with Ana’s students in Texas.’

 

Emotional Geography Conference, Edinburgh

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PDance lecturers Heike Salzer (Dance), alongside BA Dance Graduate Jessica Smith, international partner Ana Baer (Texas State University) (featured on picture ) and BSc Music Technology Lecturer Jack Laidlaw are presenting a panel session with the title ‘Motion and emotions through heterogeneous geographies’  at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies. at Edinburgh University.

A second panel will be delivered by School of Arts and Media lecturers, Dr Sarah O’Brien (Performance), Dr Chris Thurgar-Dawson (Creative Writing), Robert Burton (Design) and Gemma Draper, (Jewellery-Resident Artist at Mima)

This conference brings together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society.

The need to pay attention to the role of emotions in personal, professional and societal life has been gaining acceptance in academic and public spheres since the time when these conferences were inaugurated. With greater attention has come a greater diversity of ways of researching and conceptualising emotions, affect and their kin, and a wider range of fields in which they are being studied. New technologies give individuals greater emotional reach than ever before. Meanwhile, industries structured around the manipulation of emotion have grown savvier than ever.

 

Tees Dance Film Fest 2015

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TEES DANCE FILM FEST 2015 – Thursday 14th May

A programme of exciting dance films from all over the world will be screened at Mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Big Screen andTeesside University.

The evening event at Mima features the official selection of the best films of TDFF and includes a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado.

All events are free.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST Special Selection featuring a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado (USA)

Visually stunning dance films from all over the world.

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm / Reception from 6.30pm and screening from 7.00pm, AudienceAll ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

Click here to book your place.

View the programme of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema here.

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DANCE SHORTS- International dance films inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures 

Pass by at the Centre Square to view short dance films created by young makers and professional videographers

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Big Screen, Centre Square, Middlesbrough

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INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SCREENING  – innovative, experimental and quirky 

Drop in to this informal event featuring a rolling programme of exciting dance films from all over the world.

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

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SCREENDANCE INSTALLATION: Extreme landscapes

Created in caves in the UK, on the Great Dunes in Colorado, and in the challenging environment of ice, snow and geothermal fields in Iceland, this installation invites you to experience constrasting landscapes.

Featuring Choreographer-Videographers; Ana Baer, Heike Salzer, Jessica Smith

Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13, Phoenix building, Teesside University

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PRESENTATION by internationally acclaimed videographer, Ana Baer

Creating a screen dance in a natural environment: Improvising, adapting and everything in between.

TDFF’s special guest speaker is award-winning, Mexican video-choreographer Ana Baer. Ana teaches as Associate Professor at Texas State University and has collaborated with many dance luminaries internationally.  Her work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as interdisciplinary performances and choreography.

Time: 4pm – 5pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13 Phoenix Building, Teesside University, Stephenson Street

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Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland

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Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland
– Örvarpið TV/Film Award Iceland

Strönd has been selected to be part of the exciting Short Film Festival Örvarpið

TV/Film Award of the National Icelandic TV broadcasting station at Bioparadis, Reykjavik, Iceland, on 7th March 2015.

Watch the trailer.