Screendance in the landscape:
a practice-based workshop in the Scottish Highlands

with Katrina McPherson

7th – 13th July 2018

This is a rare opportunity to spend 5 days engaging with the creative possibilities of making screen dance under the guidance of the award-winning director and teacher Katrina McPherson.

Taking place on the stunning and unique island of Easdale on Scotland’s west coast, the focus of this residential workshop will be filming dance in the landscape.

Katrina is one of the first generation of hybrid screen dance artists whose single, multi-screen and on-line works have been presented at numerous festivals, broadcast and other sites . For the past decade, many of her collaborative works have featured dance in the natural environment in the context of screendance and this experience will inform the content of this hands-on, experiential workshop. A much sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator, Katrina has taught screen dance and related subjects extensively across the globe and is the author of the book Making Video Dance (Routledge, 2006), which is used as a core text on courses world-wide, with a new edition due out later this year.

On Easdale, Katrina will lead the group in a mixture of practical exercises, both collaborative and individual, designed to encourage exploration, skill-acquisition and inquiry into the form.  Opportunities will be created through:  facilitated exercises; research of proposed themes; open time for play and experimentation; pushing boundaries while searching for new possibilities; and the opportunity for students to create and share their own work. Katrina is also interested in sharing her observations around the nature of the dancing/embodied camera and the inter-changing roles of dancer and camera, the observer and the observed, while filming and dancing.

During the week, participants will have the opportunity to film and edit their own short dance film, working in teams with the other participants, as well as two professional dancers employed for the workshop. In additional to developing practice, there will be also be scheduled time for reflection on process, one-to-one tuition, curated screenings and group discussion.

Katrina will be joined in facilitating the workshop by her brother, the photographer Colin McPherson, who will share his 25-years of landscape and people-based image making to support and enhance the experience for participants on the course.

This course is designed for people who wish to build on their know-how and experience to learn more and dig deeper into their own practice. Participants should ideally have a basic ability using a digital camera and editing software, although tuition and exercises will be offered to support the further development of these skills. Both Katrina and Colin have a wealth of expertise in making work, as well as teaching and mentoring professional level camera and artistic moving-image work.

The ultimate aim of the week is to give you a break from your daily activities and to allow you to benefit from the physical and mental space to focus on making new work, exploring new possibilities, and forging new friendships, connections and collaborations, living in comfort in the most beautiful of landscapes.

For more information, to see and be inspired by images of Easdale Island, and to book your place on the workshop please visit www.katrinamcpherson.com .

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