Screendance Conference Program 2016




(Thurdsay April 28th & Friday April 29th)

Priscilla Guy & Catherine Lavoie-Marcus (Canada) Feminist Perspectives on Choreogaphic Editing as a Means to Reveal Absences/ Presences – Creative Research Around “Singeries”film screening Singeries + conference presentation. Singeries refers to both the idea of aping each other (se singer, in French) and clowning. From feminist perspectives (Laura Mulvey, Donna Haraway), we have tried to explore the limits of “appropriate” behaviours for women and to ape some key women artists that inspire us (Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Martha Rosler, Maya Deren). They are ghosts that move across our creative process and leave a subtle trace in our choreographic work. Choreographic editing, envisioned from a feminist perspective, has allowed us to (re)construct presences that are constantly fading out, and absences that reinforce the memory of bodies or identities.

Ariadne Mikou (United Kingdom/Greece) Architecture in Disappearance, film screening of Contemporary Ruins & conference presentation. Focusing on failure and modern ruins, this research approaches demolition as the moment that the architectural mistake is being corrected or erased. Engaging video and filmic practices, the ultimate aim is to explore the potential role of film and choreography of moving image to reimagine the architecture of failure, to help diverge from its habitual use and perception, and – if it is not too ambitious – to even save it from demolition.

Alain Masson (editorial board Positif / Honorary President of the Centre de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne): KEY NOTE ADDRESS on Death, Dance and the Moving Image

Anna Mcdonald (United-Kingdom): Not Going Anywhere: Screendance and the Act of Dying. This paper considers the way that the oscillation between movement and stillness within screendance resonates with the time when we hover between life and death, the temporality of dying. It explores the way diverse works including Singing in the Rain (Donen & Kelly,1952) and the author’s own Walk  (2016, work to evoke philosopher Alphonso Lingis’ description of the time of dying as, “the time that goes nowhere”.

Blas Payri (Spain), The Parting of Body and Soul – Use of Layer Superposition and Motion Effects to Represent Death in -Screendance Post-production, film screening of Tres visiones de Santa Teresa de Avila & conference presentation. In this study, I will focus on screendance postproduction by analysing several screendance titles created by the author in order to express the parting of the soul and other events surrounding death. These pieces have been filmed with the knowledge that the screendance would be based on the superposition of layers as an intrinsic part of the resulting choreography.

Franck Boulègue (festival co-director): Presentation of the Danses Macabres collective screendance project.

Emilie Morin (Canada) : Trou (les beaux jours)[Hole (Beautiful Days)], live distance screening & discussion. This work, created for Emilie Morin by choreographer Manuel Roque, questions the singularity of being, expressive virtuosity, and the delicate complexities of existence. It underlines a minimalism free from social conventions in an ode to difference and the infinite variety of life’s possibilities.

Artist Round Table moderated by Arabella Stanger (Roehampton University, United Kingdom), discussion with festival artists from the previous evening’s screening.

Dr. Adrienne Brown (Ireland): film screening of I See His Blood & conference presentation The Seal of Life and Death. 2016 is a year of commemoration for Ireland, as the centenary of what is popularly known as the “1916 Rising”, or more correctly, the Irish Nationalist Rebellion. The Seal of Love and Death is a companion paper to the 15 minute dance film I See His Blood, choreographed by Adrienne Brown and directed by Eoghan O’Reilly. This paper explores ideas surrounding the implacability and drama of death; also exhibited in medieval danses macabres, which bring focus to unseen forces and man’s need to make sense of death in life.

Clotilde Amprimoz (France), film screening of Les traces qui disent qu’un jour ils ont été là [The Traces That Say One Day They Were Here]) & conference presentation Our Ghosts and Us.

Presentation of Danses Macabres GIFs by Marisa C. Hayes (festival co-director).

Visit and presentation of installed screendance works at the Médiathèque.



Thursday 28 April: 7:00-10:00: Screening & Reception at le Petit Théâtre du Château de la Verrerie

Friday 29 April: 7:00: Screendance Quiz & Dinner Celebration at Chez Shao (20 euros for dinner buffet, private room reserved by festival).

Saturday 30 April: 10:30: “Made in Le Creusot” Screening