Award-winning Screendance production company, The Motion Dance Collective (The MDC), was founded in 2011 by director and choreographer, Omari 'Motion' Carter. Since its beginnings The MDC has gained worldwide recognition as a production company that produces thought-provoking work combining dance and moving image, using the hybrid practice that is screendance to tell relevant stories with dance and the screen.
Several of The MDC's projects have been screened across the UK and internationally at both dance-film and mainstream film festivals including, Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland), Cinedans Dance on Screen festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands) British Urban Film Festival (London, UK), Lightmoves Festival of Screendance (Limerick, Ireland) and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (U.S.A), to name a few.
In 2016, The MDC's short film 'End of the Block' won the UK Screendance Award at Perth Screendance Festival and following this, in 2017, short body percussion film 'Ease on Down' became a finalist in the Best Soundtrack category of the My Røde Reel - Short Film Competition.
The MDC's purpose is to innovate the screendance production process, present audiences with thought-provoking dance-on-screen narratives and engage artists with playful and educational digital-dance workshops.
OMARI 'MOTION' CARTER
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Omari is a screendance practitioner and body-percussionist based in London (UK) and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching and performing for music videos, film, television and theatre. A first class BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts led Omari to perform for 6 years in the West End and international touring productions of 'Stomp!'.
Omari’s choreographic work is influenced by hip-hop dance, urban culture and body-percussion practices. This combines with his 6 years of professional filmmaking experience to result in the purposeful creation of narratives told through dance and the camera.
As a filmmaker and editor, Omari has created digital-dance and documentary content for Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Theatre Festival (UK), Parkinson's UK, Dance Woking, Akademi Dance (UK’s leading South-Asian Dance Company) and Mouvement Perpétuel (Canada). As an independent choreographer and dancer, Omari has created works for Google, Britain’s Got Talent, Weetabix, Stanton Warriors, Greenpeace UK, Diabetes UK and
ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora).
As a recent graduate from the worlds first Master’s degree in Screendance at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), Omari is now associate lecturer in Screendance at the University of Lincoln, University of East London and LCDS.
Photo: Robin Jade Photography
BUSINESS & MARKETING MANAGER
Anna is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Bermuda. She has a BA in Modern Ballet from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and also attained a BA (Hons) in International Business and Management from Bournemouth University.
In 2012 she moved to New York after being accepted into the Joffrey Ballet Trainee programme, where she spent a year dancing and working with some of the most established choreographers the city has to offer including, Francesca Harper and Karole Armitage.
Currently based in London, through her work with The MDC Anna explores her own performance and choreographic practice, while also promoting and producing work within the screendance space.
In addition, Anna works as the Project Coordinator for Kerry Nicholls Dance and can be found teaching yoga (300RYT) and barre classes/workshops across London and internationally.
Photo: Mandozzi Photography
James started working as a Cinematographer after a career as a professional dancer and circus artist. His connection to the Performing Arts scene meant he could combine these experiences and has, as a result, found a firm foothold in the Screendance genre.
Aside from his work in the world of dance James has worked on a range of projects from documentaries to commercials, and alongside household names including GAP, BMW and Skoda.
He is also the creator of a podcast: The Cinematography Journal.
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