For 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.
Some great images of this year’s Creative Arts Week.
Dance lecturer Heike Salzer spent a week of artistic research filming in Iceland. The work will feed into an artist residency in April at Texas State University, San Marcos. Collaborating with Icelandic visual artist Ingi Jensson and UK North East based musician Jack Laidlaw she will create a choreography using live performance and video projection.
If you like to see more follow Saltsart on twitter, like the facebook Salts page, the website http://www.salts.nl/
For my third year work related context placement I was eager to work with professional dance filmmakers to further develop my theoretical and philosophical approaches to dance film whilst gaining knowledge and the fundamental skills in the processes of making dance film.
I expressed my interest to Goat Media (Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes) in Scotland. This was warmly received and we agreed that I could join them in the development of their new film project ‘Wild Land’
The Wild Dance Film project is collaboration between Goat Media and The Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, based around models to map the attributes of wildness. The aim is to support research carried forward by Dr R McMorran in developing robust and repeatable methods of mapping wild land and on planning, policy and the management of these protected landscapes.
Project Description: A cross-art form project using video to work with landform mapping data to explore how conceptions of wildness differ according to the observer’s point of view and how this can be and is influenced by romantic representation of the wild lands in the past and present.
Being able to work with established professionals and well-renowned directors from Goat Media was an excellent opportunity for me to ‘get to grips’ with the professional aspects, technical issues and evolution of conceptualization when shooting dance film. Therefore this site-specific work placement was an integral learning process for me.
Katrina McPherson’s ‘Making Video Dance’ book was also one of the most constructive textual presentations and guided filmmaking processes that I have studied.
(Away From Here, 2012) (The Time it Takes, 2010) (There is a Place, 2010) and (Force of Nature, 2011) are some examples of their film work.
I have found Goat Media’s work and this placement highly inspiring and adding in furthering my development of new skills. I hope to utilize these skills and develop a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge base to synthesize my ideas and produce a dance film for my Final Year Creative Project, and hopefully enhance my career prospects through future opportunities within the dance film industry.
Second year BA Dance students have collaborated with BSc Music Technology students and produced short videodance clips. The students choreographed, filmed and edited choreographies specifically created for the screen and Music Technology students created originally composed soundtracks.
Click on the images below to see the videos by Jessica Smith who has created her piece inspired by the history and environment of Middlesbrough’s steel industry and Louise Masters video inspired by Grimm’s Fairy-tales.
Dance lecturer, Heike Salzer, is excited that the dance video Strönd (Beach) created with her company Salts will be screened at the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy which takes place on the 5th of April in France. The video was one of 19 chosen from 300+ submissions and will be screened alongside exciting work from artists from all over the world.