Video promo: Dublin Dance Festival

This video promo for the Dublin Dance festival was directed by Ged Murray. The Festival dates are 14-26 May 2013 and the program features European and Irish works, but also Australian choreographers such as Lucy Guerin and Ros Warby. There is a special screening of the documentary ‘Life in Movement’ which commemorates the life and work of Sydney Dance Company director Tanja Liedtke.

Dance festivals and advocacy

The Dublin Dance festival website has lots of information, images and links. The ‘About us’ area lists some memorable core values for the organisation:

  • We value creativity
  • We value originality
  • We value integrity
  • We value diversity
  • We value critical reflection
  • We value artists
  • We value our audiences
  • We value commitment and dedication
  • We value partnerships and collaboration
  • We value financial responsibility

Dance video students can learn from this video

The video promo has some good lessons for students of dance video. The use of camera angle and viewpoint and cropping of the frame captures the body and movement in unique ways. These techniques support the use of motif, repetition and variation. Design-wise, the use of colour enhances visual impact and intention.

Crowdfunding dance

Crowdfunding of creative projects has been around for a while, and dance artists and companies are using crowdfunding sites to seek support and to market themselves.

Crowdfunding site: Kickstarter

I’ve done a bit of a trawl through key site Kickstarter to see the variety of projects seeking funding support. Projects range from school and community-based dance projects to professional performances, dance films and installations. Kickstarter has a dedicated DANCE section which makes browsing relevant dance projects easy.

It isn’t easy to embed Kickstarter videos into WordPress blogs so I will provide a direct link to the Kickstarter page. I’ve chosen 3 examples, just to show you the range of projects:

There Will Be Fire – The Hartt School Senior Dance Concert 
‘There Will Be Fire’ is a collaborative performance culminating four years of creative process by graduates of the Connecticut-based Hartt School.  The performance includes group pieces and solos commissioned from outside artists.

Ghost line by Cori Olinghouse

A 16mm experimental dance film collaboration between dance artist Cori Olinghouse and Shona Masarin, a New York City based Australian film artist whose work involves the physical, alchemical, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations.

Dana Foglia Dance / An exciting new show ” I am…We are…”

[about the show] “‘ I am…We are…’ is a fearless follow-up to my latest show “We are the Works in Progress” , which premiered in Los Angeles in November to sold-out crowds. This time around we are back at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in NYC, where my company did their very first full length production “Vatic”. Im using this show to further expand on certain concepts such as rolling chairs, soccer balls, markers, tape,as well as pieces that have become “staple” to Dana Foglia Dance’s repertoire… Each and everytime I am creating work, whether large or small, I am improving and building upon my vocabulary and allowing me to become more and more fearless.

Crowdfunding site: Pozible

Pozible is an Australian crowdfunding site, so for Australian students of dance, and dance artists and companies seeking support, Pozible is worth a look. I would like to see a dedicated DANCE area of this site, although you can search on dance to see projects related to dance.

Here is one example of a successful Australian dance project funded through online support on Pozible:

Shaun Parker and Veronica Neave will spend three weeks testing over thirty ideas in an International dance residency at the Kishkinda Trust in Hampi, India. ‘The objective of the residency is to develop a pedagogy for extracting movement from theories of evolution and anthropology.  Veronica and Shaun will work with a local performance artist trained in classical Indian dance, to examine the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary movement forms.’