Deborah May / Adelina Larsson / Aakash Odedra

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Dance Film Dance 2.0

Back by very popular demand, Deborah May and Adelina Larsson lead an immersive film and choreography workshop for dancers and dance makers, in which participants explore filming dance and creating choreography for the camera.

Beginning with improvisation and ways of looking at movement through the camera lens, the process will give essential filming and editing skills and encourage imaginative and innovative ways of making and capturing movement, considering light, sound, space, time and location/environment.

Over the course of the workshop, dancers will gain an understanding of the requirements and rigours of filmmaking, the richness of cinematic language and dance movement, plus experience the exhilaration of devising, making and completing a short film of their own.

Participation: You will be supported with a $1200 stipend for the period of the workshop.

Capacity: There are up to 12 places available for STRUT Members. If you are currently not a STRUT Dance member please sign up HERE.

Date: 2 - 13 August 2021

Venue: Studio 3, King Street Arts Centre (please note change of venue)

Access: EOI addressing the following:

* Tell us a little about yourself, your interests and your dance practice (150 words)

* Why are you interested in making dance films? (150 words)

* Short review of a favourite dance film or video (100 words)

* Short CV (100 words)

Selection Criteria:

* You must be a current STRUT Dance member

* A demonstrated and authentic interest in expanding your choreographic practice into the film and digital media sphere

* A genuine openness and curiosity to explore, discover and share with colleagues

* Potential benefit to artists' own practice 

Process: All EOIs will be assessed by leading artists, Deborah May and Adelina Larsson.

Note: STRUT Dance will not be part of any selection process for Dance Film Dance 2.0.

EOI & Notification Dates:

* EOI opens: June 21

* EOI closes: Midnight, July 4

* Notification: July 9

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Dance Film Dance Plus

STRUT Dance is excited to announce an extension of Dance Film Dance 2.0 in partnership with one of the UK’s leading dance organisations, Aakash Odedra Company - supported by the British Council, UK.

As a direct outcome of Dance Film Dance 2.0, three artists/artistic teams from the program will be selected to each develop and realise a short original film with Deborah May and Aakash Odedra (Nov 2021– Mar 2022). The films will be a response to the natural environment, the sensation of the body within the physical environment and the threat posed by ongoing and extreme change.

This provocation reflects Aakash Odedra’s concerns and informs his own artistic practice. Over the period Aakash will be a virtual mentor and sounding-board on the development of these films, with a focus on dance practice and cultural identity, working in the natural environment and finding ways to express a changing climate, a changing world.

Aakash is intending to return to Australia in mid 2022 and we will co-design a platform for the three artists/artistic teams to engage in further creative dialogue with Aakash Odedra Company.

Access: If you are interested in being considered for the Dance Film Dance Plus please let us know in your EOI to Dance Film Dance 2.0. Final selections of artists to move forward to Dance Film Dance Plus will be made by Deborah May and Aakash Odedra. Details to be announced later.

Note: This opportunity is only available for artists who have participated in STRUT Dance’s Dance Film Dance 2.0 workshop.

STRUT Dance will not be part of the selection process for Dance Film Dance Plus

Aakash Odedra Company was founded in Leicester in 2011 by Anand Bhatt and Aakash Odedra. Born in Birmingham, Aakash trained in bharata natyam and kathak, then moved to India as a student of the renowned Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar. Aakash is a globally recognised and award-winning artist; he has performed over 300 full length performances in 40 countries. Aakash’s “Rising” was of the highlights of the 2015 Perth Festival. More information HERE

Deborah May is an award -winning director and producer who has worked with some of the world's great artists - Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Kentridge, Sir Simon Rattle and Handspring Puppet Company. Her practice, specialising in dance, music and the performing arts, includes documentary, large-scale multi-camera productions for television and theatre as well as collaborations with choreographers, composers and visual and performance artists on films created for the camera.