Screendance Workshop with Andy Wood

3 day workshop and 2 day of screening

Where: Drama Teatro, Via Buon Pastore 57 41125 Modena – Italy

When: 18 to 21 May 2017
18th: screening 21:00
19/20/21: workshop from 10:00/13.00 lunch break 14:00/17:00
21th: screening at 21:00

This hands-on workshop is based on the practice of film-making, starting from the observation and analysis of works created by international artists that illustrate different approaches to filming movement and the poetics of this language. We will explore the possibilities offered by the camera, trying to capture the characteristics of movement: energy, dynamic presence, feeling and connection with the audience, rather than employing the camera as a neutral outside eye. What is the difference between what we perceive on film and what we comprehend in live performance? Can we capture the feeling of the movement? Can we get closer to experiencing what the performer feels, rather than merely documenting it? Can the camera be a performer within the dance itself? Do we employ linear narrative or abstract impressionism? What story do we want to tell? How do we choreograph the edit itself?

Through dialogue and sharing experiences, we will investigate the kinaesthetic challenge of filming movement with a technology based on a series of photographic stills. We will do this by reflecting on the work of other international artists and questioning our own practice. There will be the opportunity to edit the results of our task based exercises into short dance films that can be shared with our peers.

The workshop is open to dance-makers, performers, filmmakers, and all artists interested in deepening their research into screen-dance, whether they are professional or not.

To participate in the workshop it will be necessary to bring any type of camera (from smartphone to professional camera) and a laptop with a program for editing, from the simplest (Movie Maker/ iMovie) to more complex (Final Cut/Premiere).

Andy Wood is an artist filmmaker who works with video, photography and sound. He makes dance-films, public projections and documentaries. His work has been screened at international film festivals, in galleries, shopping malls and prisons, on public buildings and TV. Andy studied Fine Art in the UK, was a musician and producer for many years and currently runs an independent production company who deliver creative and documentary video projects for the arts. He has developed video-based education and community projects for various agencies in Yorkshire as well as teaching and lecturing about his practice at Universities across the UK. He has programmed dance-film screenings of international artists work both in the UK and abroad. Andy was on the Boardof Directors of Moves: Movement On Screen Festival, was on the Yorkshire panel of Artists Taking the Lead (ACE) and made the launch film for ‘imove’ Yorkshire’s cultural programme for London 2012. He is currently a programmer for Leeds International Film Festival and runs the screendance competition for Short Film City. He teaches a screendance option on Experimental Film at Northern Film School, UK (Leeds Becketts University).

Costs for participants: 120€ workshop and screening

For registration please send an email to with a short description of your experience and motivation.


  • The organization can provide free accommodation for the first 5 registrations.
  • The organization can give you some tips to find other accommodation near the theatre as Hostels, b&b etc…
  • registration are open till April 30

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