Make a Dance Film: An Intro to Dance 4 Camera

Saturday Jan 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm via Zoom link

This online introduction to screendance webinar will focus on mindful approaches to creating dance for camera. It is designed to support participants in how they approach, capture and situate their work.

Participants will learn a brief history of dance on film/video, view notable screendances, explore creating movement specific for the frame and how to create meaning through the use of camera shots. We will talk about shooting for the edit, scale, scores, moving camera vs. still camera, storyboarding and more. There will be a brief break half way through webinar. We will also use breakout rooms. There are no equipment requirements. This webinar is live and will not be recorded.

Screendance Bio:

Constance Cooke is a Canadian Dance Artist who lives, creates and works on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, in Victoria B.C. Her choreographic works for stage and screendance have been presented in Canada, the United States, Mexico, England and Germany. Her work has attracted and cultivated curious, open and intelligent audiences for contemporary and experimental work for over 30 years. 

Cooke has taught screendance workshops throughout Canada, for the CanAsian Dance Festival in alliance with Kaeja d’Dance, at Hub 14 in Toronto, in Winnipeg at WCD studios, in Victoria at the 2 week D4 The Camera International Intensives, as well as mentoring numerous screendance artists one on one. These workshops and mentorships have included artists from across the Globe. Cooke has had the absolute delight to co-teach with screendance legends David Hinton and Ellen Bromberg and in 2015 was awarded support to attend the first Symposium of Teachers of Screen Dance hosted by the American Dance Festival and lead by Douglas Rosenberg and Katrina McPherson. 

In March 2020 Cooke began teaching movement for the frame online and continues to virtually mentor both video and dance artists during these times of COVID-19.