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Screendance 3

Year: 2010, 20 mins
Code: CL-Screen

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Mirrorland (2010)
Draws on investigations into how we experience landscape, in this instance one that is English and agricultural. The idea that our perception of landscape, and figures within it, is essentially a reflection of ourselves, is central to the work. Choreography was developed from improvised tasks concerning ‘conversations with the landscape’, and the edit sets out to construct an ambiguous narrative.

Bodmin Whale (2009) – sets out to describe the essence of an improvisation as perceived through the lens of the camera. Set on Bodmin Moor in South West England, which was at one time in the Earth’s history below sea level, the movement material draws on the topography, textures, history and weather of a mossy oak wood.

Watergate Bay (2007) – draws on the improvisations of eight dancers responding to the coastal landscape of North Cornwall, UK. The material captured on camera was then re-choreographed through the editing process. The broad panorama created by the seascape, and issues of voyeurism arising from the presence of the camera, have influenced the format of the film as have qualities of stillness, pace and rhythm that are drawn from the work of the dancers.

Chris Lewis-Smith is a writer, screendance maker, choreographer, and academic.
He is currently the Subject Leader for Dance at Bath Spa University where he teaches in the areas of screendance, and collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. He also supervises student work-based learning, industry mentoring, and support for alumnae. His doctoral research concerns the interface between the texts of landscape, the body, and the screen.


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