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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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.

Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition at Dance City

Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition

This is a special screening of the installation Extreme Landscapes including

screendances by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer (BA Danc Programme Leader ) and Jessica Smith (Teesside University BA Dance Graduate 2014 with Live Sound Mixing by

Musician Jack Laidlaw. (BSc Music Technology Lecturer) The evening will feature three screendances that have been

filmed on the Great Dunes in Colorado, the challenging environment of ice, snow and

geothermal fields in Iceland and the caves in North Yorkshire.

 screendance

Saturday 28 February, 7pm | Dance City Exhibition Space on the second floor |

Running time 30 mins | No booking required.

For further information about Dance City and directions go to www.dancecity.co.uk

The installation continues to run daily at Dance City, Newcastle from January 22 to April 27.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST – Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy Artistic Directors of Tees Dance Film Fest

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Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy are Co-Artistic Director of Tees Dance Film Fest

At TDFF we are interested in interdisciplinary projects that merge choreography and innovative filmmaking.

TDFF aims to provide a platform for young artists as well as professional artists to screen their original works in order to reach a wider more varied audience. Our vision in offering this platform is to develop further relationships and networks with other dance film artists and interdisciplinary dance professionals, whilst also creating a sense of opportunity and community spirit among people interested in dance film works and the arts.

This year’s edition of TDFF will take place at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, on Thursday 14th May 2015.

www.tdff.co.uk

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

WE ARE NOW SEEKING SHORT DANCE FILMS FOR SUBMISSION

Deadline for submission: 1st March 2015

We are interested in ways in which filmmakers explore the genres of creative experimental choreography and filmmaking.

Films can include real life dancers, animation and digital elements but must fuse dance and filmmaking in original and innovative ways.

The 2nd exibition of Tees Dance Film Festival will take place on the 14th of May 2015 and will feature two categories:

1. Dance Films created by Professional Artists

  • Professional films must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Dance film submissions in this category should be engaging and creative, inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures

2. Dance Films created by Young Artists 14-25 years.

  • The film must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Films that capture the body in new and exciting ways e.g. on location, site specific, fragmentation of the dancing body, non-linearity

Please note that dance films that show dance performance for the proscenium stage or documentary style will not be considered.

Screendance Festival in Brazil

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63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W  a Screendance by Heike Salzer and her company Salts, has been invited as the only British/Icelandic entry for the main screening at The I Mostra Internacional de Dança: Imagens em Movimento a Céu Aberto – IMA 2014, in Ribeirão Preto city and São Paulo state, 24th-26th October 2014.

It will also  be part of the Archive of the Video Library Centro Cultural Palace (Palace Cultural Center)

Directors and Choreography: Heike Salzer & Ingi Jensson

Dancer: Saga Sigurðardóttir

Camera: Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson

Editing: Heike Salzer

Sound: Jack Laidlaw-Music & Heike Salzer

Year of completion: 2014

Country of production: Iceland & United Kingdom

Tees Dance Film Fest at Billingham Festival

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Holly’s Tees Dance Film Fest has been invited to present a fantastic programme of dance videos at the International Billlingham Folklore Festival. You can see the videos everyday downtown Billingham from 10-16.00!

To keep up to date with future events follow Tees Dance Film Fest on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/teesdancefilm  or Twitter @teesdancefilm

 

BA Dance student organises first ever Tees Dance Film Fest

10373656_1440369506214499_8519187059173012498_nFor my Final Year Creative Project I decided I wanted to do something which was a little bit different; which is why I chose to organise a dance film festival

During second year I completed a dance for the camera module which was something extremely new and fascinating to me as I had never seen any screen dance films before. For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to give film makers a platform to screen their work to a public audience and also give the audience the chance to explore a different route into Dance.

During the process I collaborated with fellow dance students, Teesside University graphic design student Victor Dina and also Middlesbrough Council, it was a great experience for me to work with so many different people – I also managed to receive support from Tees Valley Dance for my event.

It was the first ever dance film event to be screened in Middlesbrough Centre Square and screened films by both amateur and professional filmmakers from all over the world including John T. Williams who’s films have been presented in over 50 film festivals throughout South America, Europe, Asia and the United States, Oliver Murray and Georgia Parris. The event which took place on Thursday 22nd May also featured a live solo performance by third year Teesside dance student Huey Teng.

With support from Middlesbrough Council the event was able to take place on The Big Screen in Middlesbrough Centre Square, this was a great space to host the event and I was happy that I was able to bring a bit of culture to the town that evening.

I think Tees Dance Film Fest has the ability to become an annual event as it was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed organising it!

Many thanks to Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Dance, Writers Block Big Screen, Victor Dina, Samantha Dixon, Jessica Smith and Phillip Brown for their support on this project.

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