DDF News — 20 Mar 2017



Wicklow Screendance Laboratory is a 5 day workshop, specialist talk and symposium that will draw dancers, editors, composers, writers and film makers together to create an exploratory working experience within dance-and-film in County Wicklow.

The events are led by choreographer/film maker Dr Adrienne Brown, with invited guest artists Marisa M Hayes and Franck Boulègue of Video Screen Dance (Bourgogne, France), who are experts in the field. The Laboratory/Symposium will be a meeting place for artists, scholars, curators, students and others interested in exploring the movement and choreography of moving images. It is a development programme for practitioners who want to learn more about, and immerse themselves in, a medium of exploration and exchange, under the expert guidance of leading European mentors. Hayes and Boulègue have run the acclaimed Festival of Video Screen Dance (Bourgogne, France) and the online forum Numéridanse over many years. This will be their first time to teach in Ireland.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the following events:

Tuesday 11th April

Focus on Irish Filmmakers
Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin 1
​13:00 – 16:00

Short films: -Together (Mary Keane, Matt Skinner)
​ -The Wake (Oonagh Kearney),
​ -Medicated Milk (Áine Stapleton)
​ -Buaile (Steve Woods)

Dr Adrienne Brown and Dr Finola Cronin converse with Irish filmmakers Mary Keane, Matt Skinner, Oonagh Kearney, Áine Stapleton and Steve Woods about their work and influences.

Wednesday 12th April

Screendance Symposium
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Session 1

Present-ness, Ideas and Performance

12:00 – 14:00pm
12:00: Dr Adrienne Brown; Welcome and Introduction
12:05 – 12:25: Marisa M. Hayes; Choreographers Behind the Camera: From Early Cinema to the Rise of Video
12:25 – 12:45: Eimear Byrne; An investigation into the multiple heights, levels and dimensions that can be explored by the ‘present-ness’ of the body and camera within a screendance context
12:45 – 13:40: Dr Adrienne Brown; Apertures, Vision, Technology and Performance: Adaptation in the Practice of Dance. This presentation will include live dance performances from soloists Karen Gleeson, Niamh Byrne and Lisa Tighe.
13:40 – 14:00: Marisa M. Hayes, Eimear Byrne, Dr Adrienne Brown; Q & A from the floor

Session 2

The Practice of Art

15:00 – 17:00pm
15:00 – 15:40:Steve Woods; The Dynamic of Film Shots
15:40 – 15:55:West Connolly; To Be or Not To Be… in an Act of Time and Space
15:55 – 16:15:Franck Boulègue; State of the Art: Contemporary International Screendance
16:15 – 16:25:Steve Woods, West Connolly, Franck Boulègue: Q & A from the floor
16:25 – 17:00 Dr Finola Cronin (moderator); Meet the

Artists: participants in Wicklow Screendance Laboratory engage in conversation on their experiences in the Lab.

Session 3

Screendance Short Film Showings

18:00 – 20:00: A selection of films by Irish and International dance/film artists will be screened in the auditorium. Filmmakers Mary Keane, Laura Dowdall, Lisa Tighe, Antje O’Toole, Tara O’Neill, Aliina Lindroos, Eimear Byrne, Mariam Ribon, Adrienne Brown/Eoghan O’Reilly and Tara Brandel are joined by international screendance artists Marisa Hayes/Franck Boulègue and Blas Payri for an evening of dance films that show the breadth and expansion of the art form.

To book, call the Mermaid Arts Centre box office on 01-2724030

For more information, check out the Dance Ireland website and the Mermaid Arts Centre website

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