Design Your Dance on Screen
I believe in you, your amazing idea and your creative vision. Taking this course will be the first step in making sure you will be happy with the process of collaborating across disciplines, and understand the processes in making your dance on screen engaging and successful in a global field.

Where: online

When: online anytime

Over the past twenty years or so I’ve watched hundreds and hundreds of dance films / video dance / screen dance works as a teacher, festival goer and jury panel selector. I’ve collaborated on, edited and directed single screen films, interactive installation art works, and taught editing and production masterclasses around the world in this field.
I’ve listened to film makers and choreographers and dancers, and watched them at work and play; in rehearsal and in production. I’ve talked with curators, academics and festival programers for more hours than I know in locations from South America to China, Canada to Australia.

I’ve done all this with an overriding sense of curiosity and passion for a peculiarly hybrid art -form, with constant questions running in my head about collaboration and communication.

Where do artists from very diverse creative activities find a common language and understanding to make a work that everyone involved is happy with, and where they also understand what they were letting themselves in for? How do artists create work where the two art forms of film and dance are truly balanced and integrated visually, technically and choreographically? Even if one person is in charge – choreographing the dance and directing the screen – how does that person come to understand both sides of the art form equally?

I ask these questions because I see so much work that is choreographed and danced beautifully but doesn’t exploit the cinematic potential of the screen and I see work that looks incredibly cinematic but doesn’t engage with the kinaesthetic quality and choreographic energy of the movement. I also hear artists on both sides of the process, talking about how unhappy they are with what they got involved in and they wonder how it could have been better.
The range of misunderstandings and poor communication that arise from fusing an embodied physical practice with a visual motion design process are a constant theme running through the unhappiness that these artists expressed.

I looked around and saw while there are text books that can help instruct this process they still follow a convention that may not be useful to an interdisciplinary or hybrid type collaboration. A process that requires a type of design thinking to support clear communication across disciplines needs tools to support that. This involves listening, learning and being willing to work outside of comfort zones and knowledge silos.

I aim to guide you through this with my own texts, set exercises, and discursive approaches I have developed through practical workshops around the world, whilst also drawing on the knowledge and expertise of high profile artists and teachers I have been privileged to meet and work with over the years.

Simon Fildes

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Costs for participants: From £75 for a self led course to £3000 for one to one mentoring

Contact details: call 0781371 4951 or visit

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