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Screen.dance go into Partnership with Citymoves for this year's on screen Festival of Dance.

Video still from Attention Span (2020) by Mitchell Rose. Screen.dance Festival 2021 International Awards Finalist


Screen.Dance: Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen teams up with

Citymoves in Aberdeen

Screen.dance - Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen, is set to move to the vibrant

arts space of Citymoves in Aberdeen, bringing together artists, dancers, filmmakers

and musicians, for a festival of cultural events and screenings in March.

This increasingly high profile dance film festival supported by funding from Screen

Scotland, will be a blended event of online screenings and live online presentations

from Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 March; showcasing work from Scotland and beyond,

and connecting local, national and international artists and audiences to the

screendance genre.

Screendance combines choreography and moving image, intersecting movement

and cinema, to create a hybrid form. Dance has been a subject of film since the birth

of cinema, but this hybrid form is now becoming more accepted as a genre in its own

right. Particularly in these days of live performing arts restrictions artists are more

and more exploring dance on screen.

The festival, which is unique to Scotland, will present a curated programme of

around 60 short dance films from across the world selected from 285 submissions

and grouped by UK and international works, with a special selection of Quebec

works, alongside presentations from artists, Q&A sessions, discussions and

masterclasses. For the first time, the festival will also offer a screen-dance critical

writing masterclasses. With the support of Film Hub Scotland, Screen.dance will be

streaming the programmes from a dedicated screening room page on their website.

The festival launch on the evening of March 11th will open with a free-access for all to

the UK screening, including the world premiere of Deer Oh! by Glasgow-based

dance artist Natali McLeary – a Screen.dance festival commissioned one-minute

dance film funded by Creative Scotland. The launch will be followed by two days

packed with three programmes of international screenings, artist presentations and

post-screening live chats and Q&A sessions.

The finale of the festival on the evening of March 13 th will see a specially curated

programme of Quebec artists’ works from the last five years in collaboration with

Screen.dance partner Festival Quartiers Danses situated on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. Tiohtià:ke, also known as Montreal – recognised for its

mission of democratising contemporary dance in all its forms and hybridities in

traditional and unusual venues.


For the first time, all Scottish and international students will be eligible for a free

screen.dance festival pass building on our previous initiatives to provide support to

students through juried awards and festival commissions.

Screen.Dance Festival Artistic Director Simon Fildes said:

“It’s been so exciting to be able to work with the team at Citymoves and push the

genre of screendance in to new audiences out with our previous festival outposts in

Edinburgh and Perth. We are incredibly honoured to bring together work from

Scotland and the UK, alongside work from countries such as China, Russia, India,

France, Argentina and the USA; connecting award-winning artists and audiences to

dance on screen.

Alongside films, presentations and discussions, we are delighted to have been able

to commission work under the new one minute screendance commissioning scheme,

produced by the company GO/AT, showcasing our commitment to supporting

Scottish artists to make high quality work that can be exhibited in a competitive

international platform showcase.”

Screen.Dance Associate Curator Iliyana Nedkova said:

“We are so excited to be continuing to curate and programme work across the

screen-dance genre - bringing together incredible artists, choreographers, dancers,

film-makers and musicians. We are proud of the fact that the programme sees 50:50

gender representation, as we continue to push to bring a mix of artists from across

fields into the spotlight.

Our exclusive selection of works and discussions with Quebecois filmmakers and

choreographers is also a must. Another first is the opportunity for anyone interested

in critical writing to join our screen-dance masterclasses led by Cara Hagan and

Roisin O’Brien”

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