Festival 2016

This week the 8th season of the festival open with a screendance workshop on Monday, followed by our conference and screenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 

This year’s festival features films by: Tami Ravid & Feri de Geus, Shahar Tuchner, Natalia Barua & Owa Barua, Marie Paccou, Andrew Thomas Thrash, Jennifer Keller, : Réka Szabó, Becky Edmunds, Mark Freeman & Rianto, Jérôme Classe & Emilie Dhumerelle/Virginie Auray, Charlotte Rousseau, Jennyfer Caro & Raúl Vidales, Priscilla Guy & Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Ariadni Mikou, Adrienne Brown & Eoghan O’Reilly, Blas Payri, Emilie Morin, and Clotilde Amprimoz.

AND the premiere of our new collective film Les Danses Macabres! Featuring contributions by:

Angharad Ruth Harrop (UK) / Yotam Calo’ Livne (Israel/Italy) / Adianna Apodaca (UK / USA) / Toyo Matsubara (Japan) / Umut Vedat (Turkey) / Stéphanie Herfeld (France) / Maurice Lai (HK/China) / Gustavo Crivilone (Argentina) / Katxere Medina (Brazil) / Freya Björg Olafson (Canada) / Franck Boulègue (France) / Jessica Cavender (USA) / Nina Kay (Denmark) / Aliki Chiotaki & Virginia Alizioti (Greece) / Jana Georges Younes (Lebanon) / Bernard Tran & Agnès Butet (France) / Marisa C. Hayes (USA/France) / Gaston Igounet (Argentina) / Alessandro Amaducci (Italy) / Richard James Allen & Karen Pearlman (Australia)



GIFs & Screendance

Dear all / Cher tous,

Our Screendance Studies blog is back with an article on GIFs and screendance! More publications in English and French to follow soon! Read the blog HERE!

Notre blog « Screendance Studies » est de retour avec un texte sur les GIFs et la vidéo-danse. D’autre publications en anglais et en français sont à venir ! Lisez le blog ICI!


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


Dear all/Cher tous,

[ENGLISH] We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for our April screendance workshop MORE INFO HERE and that our screendance channel on Numéridanse.TV is now live HERE. We hope you enjoy this new resource and please feel free to share the news about our workshop and channel.

[FRANCAIS] Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer que notre stage de création en vidéo danse (avril 2016) est maintenant ouvert aux inscriptions ICI et que notre nouvelle chaîne de vidéo danse est disponible sur Numéridanse.TV ICI. Nous espérons que cette nouvelle ressource vous plaîra. N’hésitez pas à partager ces informations sur notre stage ainsi que sur notre chaîne de vidéo danse auprès de votre réseau !

Call for Papers: 4th International Screendance Conference

The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for short papers to be presented during the festival’s fourth annual Screendance Conference to be held April 28-30, 2016. This year the conference will be dedicated to the theme: Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image. The conference is an international place of meeting for artists, scholars, curators, students and others interested in exploring the movement and choreography of moving images. The conference is composed of screenings, round tables, and moderated panel presentations. Select papers will be considered for a future publication of screendance essays. CFP: Submission Information Here

Submissions/Candidatures 2016

[ENGLISH: en français ci-dessous] The Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne is an annual screendance platform that promotes dance films, works of video art, and other forms of experimental cinema that explore movement through bodies, animation, objects and a wide range of compositional methods. We are currently seeking submissions that resonate with the theme Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image. This theme is inspired by the medieval illustrated texts of dancing skeletons (dance of death) that functioned as an allegory regarding the universality of death. Fascinated by how the stillness or immobility of death is represented through movement, the festival is interested in exploring concepts surrounding death that have occupied a central role in film, dance and other art forms across diverse historic periods and styles.

 “Cinema opens onto death like a window opens into a courtyard” – André Bazin

 The theme may be interpreted broadly. Beyond explorations of death through movement, we are also interested in works of screendance that explore mortality through rituals, analogies, and related subjects, including but not limited to: requiems, architectural ruins, ghosts and memory, the Gothic, Romanticism, Butoh, André Bazin’s “mummy complex”, absence/presence, death as new beginning or transformation, etc.

Films selected for screening will be shown at one of several events during the festival in late April 2016, including cinema screenings in a theatre or on monitors in installation format. Festival venues include the National Theatre, the Médiathèque of Le Creusot, and the theatre of the Château de la Verrerie.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 15 February 2016. We are only accepting submissions related to the theme noted above. All lengths and formats are welcome, although short films are preferred due to limited screening time. We do not screen documentaries or recordings of live performances. The submission process is electronic and films must be available to view on Vimeo or YouTube (private videos are fine—don’t forget to include the password in your form!). Please complete the submission form found HERE, or contact us at:

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Le Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (France) est une plateforme annuelle qui promeut les films de danse, les œuvres d’art vidéo, ainsi que d’autres formes de cinéma expérimental qui explorent le mouvement au travers des corps, de l’animation, des objets et d’une large palette de méthodes compositionnelles. Nous sommes actuellement à la recherche de candidatures qui résonnent avec le thème Les Danses Macabres : la mort et l’image en mouvement. Ce thème trouve son inspiration dans les textes médiévaux illustrés de squelettes dansants (danses de la Mort) qui servaient d’allégories relatives à l’universalité du trépas. Fasciné par la manière dont le calme et l’immobilité de la mort sont représentés par l’entremise du mouvement, le festival souhaite explorer des concepts liés à la mort qui ont occupé un rôle central au cinéma, en danse, ainsi qu’au travers d’autres formes artistiques issues de périodes historiques et de styles divers.

« Le cinéma ouvre sur la mort comme une fenêtre dans la cour » – André Bazin

Le thème peut être interprété de manière large. Au-delà des explorations de la mort via le mouvement, nous sommes intéressés par des œuvres de vidéo-danse qui examinent la mortalité par le biais de rituels, d’analogies et des sujets connexes, qui incluent mais ne sont pas limités à : les requiems, les ruines architecturales, les fantômes et la mémoire, le Gothique, le Romantisme, le Butô, le « complexe de la momie » d’André Bazin, l’absence / présence, la mort en tant que nouveau début ou transformation, etc.

Les films sélectionnés seront diffusés au cours d’un des événements qui auront lieu lors du festival à la fin du mois d’avril 2016, qui incluent des projections cinématographiques au sein d’un théâtre et des installations sur moniteurs. Les lieux où se déroulera le festival incluent la Scène Nationale, la Médiathèque du Creusot, et le théâtre du Château de la Verrerie.

DATE LIMITE POUR LES CANDIDATURES : le 15 février 2016. Nous n’acceptons que des candidatures liées au thème noté ci-dessus. Toutes les durées et tous les formats sont les bienvenus, bien que nous préférions les films courts du fait du temps de projection limité. Nous ne diffusons pas de documentaires ou de captations de spectacles vivants. Le processus de candidature est électronique et les films doivent être accessibles pour un visionnage sur Vimeo ou sur YouTube (les vidéos privées sont acceptées – n’oubliez pas toutefois d’inclure le mot de passe sur votre formulaire !). Merci de remplir la fiche de candidature ICI, ou contactez-nous à :

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