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Screendance Festival 2014!

Come out and see our Screendance Festival November 21 and 22 at 8 pm!

November 21st will be a viewing of awarding-winning films by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Rolland (in collaboration with filmmaker Mitchell Rose) of the Portland, Oregon based dance company BodyVox.

November 22nd will be a viewing of the 48-hour Screendance Challenge, featuring the work our dance and TV/film majors, will also be adjudicated by BodyVox guest artist Jamey Hampton.

2013-2014 Screendance Festival!

Don’t forget about our 8th annual Screendance Festival happening November 16th-17th! This year, performing arts majors Samantha Jones and Colton Greiss will be Student Producers for the 48 Hour Dance on Camera Challenge. Also, our guest judge for this years festival is TBA!  Check out more information here!

DeSales University 8th Annual Screendance Festival 2013-2014

This year, the 2013 DeSales University Screendance Festival will be held on Nov. 16th at 8pm & Nov. 17th at 8pm

Movement seen through the unrelenting eye of a camera is the subject of our annual Screendance Festival.  Screening an array of international dance on camera films on Saturday evening, this festival features multiple interpretations of choreography made for a camera in motion.  On Sunday evening, the slate will feature our 48-Hour Screendance Challenge showcasing student-created films by our dance, theatre, and TV/film majors.

On November 16th at 8pm, the following films will be presented:

  • Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer by Bonnie Oda Homsey, USA. http://vimeo.com/53273665 Michio Ito may be the most important historical modern dancer and choreographer you never heard of. Prolific and innovative in the 1920-30s in New York and Los Angeles, he disappeared from dance history following the outbreak of WWII. The film traces his journey from Japan to Europe to America, from success to reversal and obscurity and finally to re-discovery.
  • Painted by Duncan McDowal, Canada. Painted is the first in a trilogy of screendance films about our tug-of-war with wilderness. Here we explore a building’s decay. The choreography and original score are both in decrescendo to illustrate the building’s retreat from the physical world, and Nature’s advance on it.
  • The Next Step Is by Victoria Sendra, USA. Stuck in the tunnel of time, the only place to escape is in the same time, because time is imaginary. Fear of the future creates uncertainty in the present and so we set ourselves free by studying Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Removing the boundaries of time and space allows fluidity through different dimensions, as a human brain would travel through thoughts. When brain activity becomes accelerated, the heart rate increases, and once the thought occurs that time is accelerating, it is realized that in reality time travels in a circle.
  • Brighter Borough by Georgia Parris, UK. Brighter Borough draws you in with the nostalgic sound of an old Kodak Carousel slide machine, projecting abstract images onto floating silks in a rundown theatre. Resting on a final image we dissolve to a London roundabout. Here the drama unfolds as three contemporary dancers bring to life the gowns of Louisa Parris. The bold, graphic designs are complimented and slowly revealed through movement and percussive beats, all held together by the arresting location.
  • Folie a Deux by Nel Shelby, USA. Folie à Deux is an exploration into the interior landscapes of two people whose acts of intimacy are the fantasy that thinly veils a greater discord. Folie à Deux (a French term that literally translates as “a madness shared by two.”) is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief are transmitted from one individual to another.
  • Falling by Adrian Cirulli, UK. A push pull of dancers and gravity, made by an artist who has created visual effects for 18 commercial projects including MERLIN, the TV series.
  • Gravity of Center by Thibaut Duverneix and Victor Quijada, Canada. Gravity Of Center is a short-film adaptation of Victor Quijada’s full-length work for RUBBERBANDance Group. Follow this pack across remote landscapes as the need for individualism is suffocated by their dependence on the group. Through visceral physicality, five world-class dancers embody animal instinct in this striking film directed by Thibaut Duverneix and Victor Quijada, and photographed by Christophe Collette.
  • Globe Trot (*A Sneak Peek of a Work in Progress*) by Mitchell Rose, choreographed by Bebe Miller, composer by William Goodrum, USA. http://www.mitchellrose.com/globetrot/
    An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller.

Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer





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The Next Step


Brighter Bourough


Folie a Deux




Gravity of Center


Globe Trot (*A Sneak Peek of a Work in Progress*)

globe trot

DeSales University 7th Annual Screendance Festival 2012-2013


What is Screendance Festival? Screendance is a hybrid artform combining cinematography with dance! The festival challenges students to hone their creative talents and to work together in order to create a film in just 48 hours. The concept, development, planning, choreographing, filming, and editing all have to come together in this short amount of time.

The films need to be under 10 minutes in length and will need to have dance and movement as a central component of the film.  It will also require creating the film around a few specific guidelines (a few things that will need to be somehow creatively worked into each film) that will be given at the start of the challenge.

This year, the 2012 DeSales University Screendance Festival will be held on Nov. 10th at 8pm & Nov. 11th at 8pm

On November 10th at 8pm, The Seventh annual Screendance Festival will begin in the Hurd Science Center auditorium with a screening of the new documentary about the founding of the Chicago based Joffrey Ballet Company. Joffery: Mavericks of American Dance  is an 82 minute informative documentary that chronicles the struggles and success of this truly American dance company. The film’s director, Bob Hercules, and two of its featured company dancers, Trinette Singleton and Davis Robertson, will form a panel discussion that will help fill in the story surrounding this remarkable company and the documentary film that has chronicled its founding and development.

The panel members will be signing and selling copies of the DVD at the screening.

On November 11th at 8pm, The 48 hour challenge student films will be presented in the Hurd Science Center Auditorium. Mr. Hercules will return to judge the film submissions of our 48-Hour Screendance Challenge.  Mr. Hercules will provide feedback on each of the films and will select a winning film from the batch. Last year there was standing room only at this event. It is free and open to the public.

Bob Hercules

Bob Hercules is an independent filmmaker and co-owner of Media Process Group–a Chicago-based production company. Hercules’ work has been seen widely on PBS, the Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and through television syndication nationwide.

Hercules’ two most recent films both focus on dance: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance and Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. The Joffrey film, narrated by Mandy Patinkin, tells the full story of the groundbreaking ballet company and their many rises and falls. It premiered in January, 2012 at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. A Good Man aired on the PBS series American Masters in 2011 and played at many film festivals including IDFA, Silverdocs, Full Frame, DOXA and the Southern Circuit.

His 2009 documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, chronicles the radical priest whose controversial tactics to fight racism put him at odds with the Catholic hierarchy. The film was named Best Documentary at the 2009 Big Muddy Film Festival and was the opening night film at the 2009 Black Harvest Film Festival.

In 2008 Hercules co-produced and directed the Barack Obama and Michelle Obama biography videos for Obama’s Presidential campaign website . He also co-directed Obama’s 2007 Presidential announcement video in Springfield, Illinois. Hercules’ 2006 documentary, Senator Obama Goes to Africa, is a chronicle of Obama’s momentous 2006 diplomatic trip to Africa, including an emotional visit to Kisumu, Kenya-homeland of his late father. It is currently in home video release from First Run Features.

Hercules’ acclaimed 2006 feature documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, tells the remarkable story of Auschwitz survivor and former ‘Mengele twin’ Eva Mozes Kor, whose decision to forgive the perpetrators as an act of self-healing sparked a firestorm of criticism. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and the Crystal Heart Award at the 2006 Heartland Film Festival. It is currently in home video release from First Run Features.

Hercules’ 1999 documentary, The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy (narrated by Alec Baldwin) examines the legendary community organizer, Alinsky, and his adaptive legacy. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the program aired on PBS in 2000. It won Best Documentary at the 1999 Philadelphia International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the 1999 USA Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

His narrative short, The Last Frontier (a satire of the commercialization of our culture) won Best Dramatic Film at the 2001 IFP Midwest Film Festival and aired on the Independent Film Channel in July, 2002.

DeSales University 6th Annual Screendance Festival 2011-2012

DeSales University Screendance Festival will be held Nov. 18 at 8 pm & Nov. 19 at 2 pm.

Nov. 18th will be featuring 6 award winning screendance films from around the world (US, UK, Australia) and a 48 hour screendance challenge for Dance and TV/Film Majors.

Nov. 19th we will be joined by Celia Rowlson-Hall a New York City based filmmaker, model, choreographer, and Bessie Award winning dancer. Her work can be seen at Celia Rowlson-Hall. Celia will be discussing her creative process, and giving feedback to our 48 hour Screendance challenge contestants. An award will be given to the winning film chosen by her.

Celia Rowlson-Hall Biography:

She is a filmmaker, choreographer and Bessie award winning performer living in NYC.  She has choreographed for VMA and Webby award winning videos for bands such as MGMT, Chromeo, Sleigh Bells, Sondre Lerche, Kid Sister, Erika Spring as well as videos for CollegeHumor, Kate Spade and many others. Her live work has been presented at New York Fashion Week, PERFORMA, Dance New Amsterdam, Lincoln Center Clark Theater, Dance Theater Workshop/Studio Series, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Abingdon Theater and many others, as well as a commission from  the University of South Carolina.
As a dancer she has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Monica Bill Barnes, Faye Driscoll, John Patrick Shanley, Doug Varone and Maurizio Cattelan for W Mag- performing in venues such as New Museum, MoMA PS1, Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Festival.
In collaboration with Dance Films Association, she created a 48 hour dance film contest and her films have been screened at SXSW, Rooftop Film Festival and several other festivals nationally and internationally.

DeSales University 6th Annual Screendance Festival Pieces

The 6 award winning screendance films:

Nora (US/UK) – Alla Kovgan and David Hinton

NORA is a dense and swiftly moving poem of sound and image, alternately tragic and comic. A fiercely embattled African girl experiences the joys and disappointments of love, and struggles against intimidation and violence to gain her independence. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa, NORA includes a multitude of local performers and dancers of all ages, from schoolchildren to grandmothers with rousing music by Zimbabwean legend Thomas Mapfumo. This film has won over thirty awards from all over the world including Grand Prize Asolo (Italy) Film Festival, Grand Prix IMZ Dancescreen, and the Grand Prix Experimental St. Petersburg Open Cinema Film Festival.

Drift (US) – Kat Cole and Eric Garcia

A pair of vagabonds, also the directors, in a ‘whatever’ mood, hitchhike, stumble, and inch their way through striking landscapes.

Little Ease (Outside the Box) (US) – Matthew Tarr and Ami Ipapo

A new take on a classic piece of choreography conceived in 1985 by extreme action pioneer Elizabeth Streb. Through the use of the camera, she removed obstacles to the conversation between performer, environment and witness, taking this inspiring ant athletic movement out of its typical context. This was a NYC Dance on Camera Festival 2010 Jury Prize Nominee for Best Short.

Stronger (UK) – Wilkie Branson

Two companions previously lost, find jubilance in a jaunty climb through the woods. Demonstrating a vibrant physical way the themes of friendship and working together to overcome obstacles. Two self-trained b-boys push themselves to the limits of their endurance. This film has been screened in the US, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

Will Time Tell? (Australia) – Sue Healey

This short plays with the rhythms and counter rhythms in this meditative, playful piece shot in Japan that gives one a sense of the outsider’s experience. This film won Best Dance Film at the 2008 Australian Dance Awards.

Advance (US) – Mitchell Rose

One dance, two minutes, fifty locations. This film is another award winning film, it won the Audience Award at Dance Camera West 2011and Best Experimental Short at the Memphis Film Festival 2011.