Updates & Upgrades! Check out our fresh new logo made by the incomparable @chike_newman Dopeness at its finest!
Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting updates to come
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Docuworld Film Festival 2022
finding my feet screened a few weeks ago @docuworldfilmfestival in London!
Let’s keep it moving!
#TheMDC #MDCFilms #screendance #DanceFilm #findingmyfeet #docudance #mentalhealth
AIAD Screening at Screendance International 2022
‘Anywhere is a Dancefloor’ is having its USA PREMIERE @screendanceinternational in Detroit.
Onwards and Upwards!
MDC @ CINEDANS 2022
THRILLED to announce ‘Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives’ will be screening at @cinedans [one of our favourite film festivals] this weekend!!
KASHISH Mumbai Int Film Festival 2022
‘Anywhere is a Dancefloor’ just finished screening at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2022!
Thrilled to announce 𝑨𝒏𝒚𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝑫𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒓 will be screening at Superbia Cinema @manchesterpride and the talented @jaiiandrew will be there to answer audience questions, so book your free ticket today! ・・・
Join Superbia on Thursday 23rd June at @duciestreet as we showcase four fantastic films by LGBTQ+ creatives!
> Anywhere is a Dancefloor - Directed by Mat Beckett
> Other Half - Directed by Lina Kalcheva
> Diva - Directed by Adam Csoka Keller
> Tease - Directed by Jessica Brady
Stick around after the screenings for a special filmmaker Q&A with @jaiiandrew, @divinadecampo and @aimlessostrich!
Find out more and book your FREE tickets at: Superbia.org.uk/superbia-cinema-june
Omari has been travelling a lot recently for some EXCITING work! Get a taste of what he got up to in Montreal with @migrationdance 👏🏾
|| ARTIST SPOTLIGHT //
Omari Carter is a screendance practitioner, lecturer, body percussionist, and founder and creative director of @themdcollective, based in London, England.
During Omari’s visit to Montreal as a collaborator on PROCESSION | CREATIVE, he also participated in the second segment of our REFUGE shoot as an Assistant Director.
Thank you Omari for your dedication to the art of screendance!
Photo: Saria Chatila
Midlands Made Films Screening @ Flatpack Festival
Last weekend @flatpackfestival the 8 films commissioned and produced by The MDC for #BIDF2021 were screened as part of the Screendance programme 🤗🎞🤩
🎉 The #Flatpack22 programme is live, and chock-full of delights for all the senses. 🎉
A massive thanks to @vivapica, @misterdodds & @jacques_kleynhans for this year’s gorgeous animated visuals
MDC Film Screening @ V&A Friday Lates
TOMORROW NIGHT 🎬 ‘finding my feet’ is screening for V&A Friday Lates @vamuseum 👀
Where: V&A Museum
When: April 29th 2022, 18:30-22:00
🎟 IT’S FREE 🎟
Hope to see some familiar faces there!
International Screendance Symposium BEGINS
SCREENDANCE CONVERSATION A-GO-GO‼️
Yesterday was Day 1 of the Screendance Symposium and to kick off the festivities there was a live panel discussion on
▪️‘Dance, Film and Future Landscapes’ with Gabri Christa, Li Chiao-Ping, Omari "Motion" Carter, Katrina McPherson, Harmony Bench, Charlotte Griffin & Cara Hagan 🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏻
Great to be involved in this important conversation, let’s keep it moving!
Photo: Gitta Wigro
International Visiting Artist @ UW
WE OUT HERE 💥🙌🏾☺️
Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, International Visiting Artist at UW, is crossing the pond TODAY! The next 9 days are full of opportunities to engage with Omari and learn about screendance and the arts, starting with a screening of Omari’s film, “In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ,” at the Wisconsin Film Festival!
International Screendance Symposium, [Wisconsin Madison, USA]
The excitement is REAL‼️
Join us for this year's International Screendance Symposium either in person or via Zoom! Thanks to @uw_artdept and @uwdancedept
We are excited to have such a knowledgeable and influential gathering of some of the most influencing folks in the business!
For more information, visit:
Sans Souci Festival Judge
Omari is looking forward to once again judging @sanssoucifest 💥
You still have time left to submit before the final deadline!
19TH ANNUAL CALL FOR ENTRIES OPEN NOW!
ALL categories NOW open for submission in our 19th annual call for entries! See their @filmfreeway page for complete rules and terms.
PoP MOVES Salon
On Tuesday our Founder & Artistic Director had the pleasure of speaking at a PoP MOVES Salon on his work within the urban dance and dance film realms through @themdcollective 🙌🏾. This was also followed by a talk on house dance with the incomparible and Frankie Johnson @thereddreadhousehead.
Thank you for the great conversation & for having us @popmoves ⚡️
This Tiny Pop Moves Salon provided an opportunity to practitioners of popular dance to highlight specific systemic issues and need for support. What would academic support for practitioners look like if it were designed from the inside out?
Mobile Screendance Workshop @Impact Dance
A few weeks ago Omari was in the studio @impactdanceuk for a mobile screendance workshop for @slidingdoorscollective 📱
Special thanks to Omari from @themdcollective & @slidingdoorscollective who came into the studio recently to deliver a filming on phones workshop with our Academy and FFI dancers!💜
OUT LATE ~ BBC Taster
Out Late is OUT NOW‼️
Have you experienced it yet?
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It's here! Out Late’s is now on BBC Taster!
Make sure to watch on Chrome when on your iphone.
Featuring @caldoniadances, @stuart__waters and @folu__o
Commissioned by @onedanceuk and @bbcarts as part of #DancePassion 2022
Filmed and edited by @themdcollective
Brighton Rocks Film Festival Selection
Excited to announce ‘Anywhere is a Dancefloor’ has been selected for Brighton Rocks Film Festival @brightonrocksfilms 👏🏻🎉🏳️🌈
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Produced by The Motion Dance Collective
Director & DoP: Mat Beckett @riverreafilms
Concept & Music: Adam Carver @fattbutcher
Concept & Choreography: Jaii Andrew @jaiiandrew
Executive Producer: DanceXchange @dancexchange_
Producers: Matt Critchfield @mattcritchy & Anna Clifford @annaleaclifford
Through the Looking Glass SCREENING
💫 Through the Looking Glass 💫 had its first festival screening at Stafford Film Festival 2021 and was a Quarter Finalist!
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Assistant Director @omarimotion
Composer & Sound Engineer @sambarnettsound
💫Produced by The Motion Dance Collective
💫Featuring Broadway Blazers
💫In association with Lewisham Council
Anywhere is a Dancefloor - Festival WIN
‘Anywhere is a Dancefloor’ has won the 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗚𝗕𝗧 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 at Colours of Love - International Queer Film Festival!
Talk about starting the new year with a BANG! Huge congratulations to the incredible artists and collaborators involved...
Produced by The Motion Dance Collective
Director & DoP: Mat Beckett
Concept & Music: Adam Carver
Concept & Choreography: Jaii Andrew
Executive Producer: DanceXchange
Producers: Matt Critchfield & Anna Clifford
The screening on Saturday for #DUFest21 was special. It was incredible to see some of our favourite dance film makers share a screening.
Thank you to the artists -
Katrina McPherson @katrinamcphersonart
Simon Fildes @srfildes
Benjamin Skop @benjaminskop
Mitchell Rose @mitchellrosefilm
Cara Hagan @caralittleunicorn
Marlene Millar @millarmarlene
Sandy Silva @migrationdancefilmproject
And big thank you to @danceumbrella and big man @fopokuaddaie for having us!
#DUFest21 is running until October 24th so be sure to check out all the amazing performances and opportunities!
Curated Screening at #DUFest21
It’s going down this weekend @watermansarts & we hope to see some familiar faces there! Book your ticket via link now for only £5!
Join us in the @watermansarts cinema for an International Dance Short Film Programme curated by @omarimotion, as part of our #DUFest21 Watermans Takeover on Sat 16 Oct
Feltham Moves (2021) (UK) Age UK Hounslow, Grounded Movement and Dance Umbrella
There is a Place (2010) (SCOTLAND/HONG KONG) Sang Jijia / Katrina McPherson / Simon Fildes Temporal Lineation (2017) (DENMARK) Benjamin Skop
Attention Span (2020) (USA) Mitchell Rose
Cygnus (2018) (USA) Cara Hagan
Observations III, Mami Wata (2021) (FINLAND/BENIN) Vilma Tihilä
NAVIGATION (2020) (CANADA/IRELAND) Marlene Millar
finding my feet @ SFDFF 2021
THRILLED to announce that ‘finding my feet’ will be at @sfdancefilmfest this year as part of the ‘Dance Heals’ shorts programme!
"Dance Heals" features eight documentary-focused shorts that bravely explore how dace can help assert identity and heal the wounds of the past, addressing topics such as sexuality and family relations.
Streaming at #SFDFF2021 through @MarqueeArtsTV from Oct 15-24. Reserve tickets and passes today!
#BIDF2021 IS BACK!!!
Check out our Midlands Made Films commissioned by DanceXchange showing this weekend at MAC Birmingham.
⚡️FREE SCREENINGS Sat Sept 25th / Sun Sept 26th
⚡️Featuring ‘Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives by Brooke Milliner & ‘Anywhere is a Dancefloor’ by Adam Carver and Jaii Andrew produced by The Motion Dance Collective
Dance Magazine features THE MDC
We are still reeling from being featured in Dance Magazine last month 🤩
Check out the article; it gives a shoutout to one of our most recent team projects Fracture/d Frame/s - which you can watch on our website or YouTube channel.
Grateful to be featured among such talented and inspirational screendance artists - be sure to check them out & follow their work!
#DUFest21 | 8-24th October
Keep your eyes peeled, cursors ready and screendance senses sharp!
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Announcement time #DUFest21 returns 8 - 24 October, and we're so excited to welcome audiences back for the first time since 2019 with a number of in-person performances across #London, alongside a collection of digital events.
Featuring live work from Dimitris Papaioannou, Takeshi Matsumoto, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Becky Namgauds, tyroneisaacstuart, Dani Harris Walters, Kesha Raithatha and Jennifer Irons, an international short film programme curated by Omari Carter, free dance workshops and more…
Omari 'Motion' Carter, DOUBLE FEATURE in The International Journal of Screendance Vol. 12!!
Extremely overjoyed to announce our very own Omari ‘Motion’ Carter has been published in the latest volume of The International Journal of Screendance - This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen.
"What Happens Next?" - A viewpoint and provocation written entirely in rhyme (Transcript and Soundcloud Audio Version - with original music by Omari and big brother, Stacy Carter)
Check out the full journal for FREE here:
Omari 'Motion' Carter Artist Residency with Maynard (Abercych, Wales)
Founder Omari 'Motion' Carter is blessed to be in Wales - from the 11th - 20th of June 2021 - for Maynard's first residency in Abercych since January 2020!
Thank you to Simon Whitehead for the invitation. Beyond grateful for the space & time to experiment, explore and create!
Click below for an insight into his playtime:
"Omari Carter was here in the village back in June, he left some precious traces..." Simon Whitehead
DANCEFILM Network: Interview with The Motion Dance Collective
Be sure to check out Frameform on your favourite podcast platforms and listen in on Series 2: EP9
“Time for a dance film podcast crossover! This week, we connect with The Motion Dance Collective, the UK-based production company that aims to innovate screendance at every turn, whether it’s presenting thought provoking film or sharing insights through workshops and their podcast, The MDC talks. We discuss many topics, including the the niche-on-niche world of screendance podcasts as well as the dreaded question that hangs over anyone involved in screendance…”
END OF THE BLOCK at FilmFest by Rogue Dancer: Urban View Edition (June 2021)
END OF THE BLOCK keeps dancing it’s way through the festival circuit! HIP HOP HOORAY
FilmFest by Rogue Dancer: URBAN View Edition (June 2021)
June 25 - July 11th 2021
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As our CITIES bustle, DANCERS hustle to carve a place in the LANDSCAPE. Through traffic, brick, bone and muscle these artists question
Featured DANCE Filmmakers:
Pelle Hybinette & Skanes Dansteater (SWEDEN),
Nauris Buksevics (UK),
Kati Kallio (FINLAND),
Ulises A. Morales (SPAIN),
Lucila Brindisi (ARGENTINA),
Astero Styliani Lamprinou (GREECE), Jordan Fuchs (USA),
Kyle Stevenson & Omari 'Motion' Carter (UK),
Penny Chivas & Paul Michael Henry (UK),
Allen Hahn, Ryan Newman & Elizabeth Shea (USA),
Jody Oberfelder (USA),
Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers (USA),
Layla Wei x ScRach MarcS (SINGAPORE),
Tanin Torabi (IRAN),
Jevan Chowdhury & Laura Obiols (UK & SPAIN)
Raven M Jackson & Donald C. Shorter Jr. USA
Omari 'Motion' Carter x Cara Hagan x ADF's Movies by Movers!
Thrilled to announce our Founder/Director, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter is a featured artist at this years ADF's Movies By Movers
Presenting and talking about some of his work including:
End of the Block
Finding My Feet
In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ
HOPE YOU CAN TUNE IN!
Thursday 17 June 19:00 EST/ 00:00 BST (Available on demand for 1 week)
Onwards and sideways
The MDC Talks Podcast makes HOTFOOT SPRING 2021 Recommended Listens List!
HOTFOOT Spring 2021 has now landed and we are thrilled to share that our podcast •The MDC Talks• has been featured in HOTFOOT SPRING 2021 as a recommended listen!
We love diving deeper into creative conversations about all things dance on screen. If you haven’t already tuned into the podcast, be sure to check it out on the Podcast tab at top of our website page.
The theme of HOTFOOT’s Spring 2021 edition is Paving the Way: Rebuilding and Reimagining. Looking at new approaches and emerging voices, which is apt considering the turbulent year it has been for the arts. You will find articles looking at education, careers and artistic expression.
Please find your article link below:
Omari presents Vibro-tactile Floor Installation with PDSW
On May 21st we had an intimate sharing of Omari’s prototype for an vibro-tactile percussive dance-film installation!
Thank you to Pavilion Dance South West for creating the time and space for this test, we are so excited to see how we can develop it further!
Gratitude to PDSW Digital Producer Lizzy Maries, collaborators Rod Cossou, Shae Carroll, Mike Winship and Ellis Keates and to everyone who showed up to offer their feedback and insight
Onwards and sideways!
The MDC produce 8 new Commissions with DanceXchange and BIDF!!
The Motion Dance Collective are excited to share EIGHT (yes you heard right) new dance-films with you as part of #BIDF2021 in partnership with DanceXchange.
Anywhere is a Dance Floor by Fatt Butcher & Jason Andrew Guest
This new work celebrates the creativity, resilience, and fierce spirit of Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ nightlife community
Dont Play with L(Kn)ives by Brooke Milliner
An original Hip Hop Screendance piece that explores knife crime in the UK. Bringing together some of the UK’s finest Hip Hop dancers, a live violinist & a spoken word artist.
INA AMA Screens at ScreenDance Festival 2021 Sweden!
HIP HOP HOORAY!!!
INA AMA had its first international festival screening this May 2021, at ScreenDance Festival Sweden.
It was screened alongside Marlene Millar's NAVIGATION of which Omari 'Motion' Carter had the pleasure of assistant directing! Excited to see where these dance film travels to next! Forward movements!
Rest in Power to Screendance Sensei Simon Fildes
On April 17 2021, the incomparable Simon Fildes passed away.
We feel his absence greatly and will forever be grateful for his presence in our lives and his guidance in our work.
A friend, mentor, inspiration and as Omari likes to call him... the sensei of screendance Simon’s legacy will live on through his incredible collection of work and the minds and hearts he inspired within the screendance community he created.
We miss you and we will continue to be guided by your wisdom and vision.
Rest in Power!
UNNATI - Professional Development for Indian Classical Dancers with Omari 'Motion' Carter
Talk on Re-imagining South Asian Dance on Screen.
April 23rd 2021 | 16:00-18:00 BST
Online via Zoom
Only £9! Book online via bhumidance.com/unnati-omari
Omari will be talking about his screendance practice and recent experiences of re-imagining South Asian Dance works for screen with The Motion Dance Collective, including Akademi and Pagrav Dance Company!
PDSW Announces Omari 'Motion' Carter as Digital Creative!
"We’re incredibly excited to be working with Omari ‘Motion’ Carter as our ‘Digital Creative’ over ten days from now – May. Omari will work with us to make, explore, challenge and reflect as we think about our Digital work and how we build this new area of our programme. Omari’s innovative and collaborative approach to screendance and digital works makes him a brilliant addition to the PDSW team." Lizzy Maries - PDSW Digital Manager
Anthropocene: The Human Era (Choose Your Own Adventure) Coming soon!
After a short but sweet mentoring session with Omari 'Motion' Carter, we are excited for our friends and collaborators @gymjamtheatre as they prepare for their upcoming digital theatre performance...
Anthropocene: The Human Era by GymJam Theatre.
Tickets are now on sale! Book via @oxfordplayhouse online.
Available worldwide from: Thursday 22nd April – Monday 10th May 2021.
Cinematic | Interactive | Choose Your Own Adventure | Performance
Don’t miss this unique performance from a passionate group of artists on the climate crisis.
Anna Clifford Panellist for PDSW's U.Dance SW Origins 2021 Entries!
Thrilled to announce our very own Anna Clifford is a panellist for #Origins2021
“These specialists in their fields will be joining the PDSW Production Team throughout our very special event. They are: Ella Mesma (Ella Mesma Company), Anna Clifford (The Motion Dance Collective), Rosie Heafford (Second Hand Dance), Jess King (PDSW Young Trustee) & Toby Marden (PDSW Board Vice-Chair).
Our panel will be watching all the fantastic submissions we have received from soloists, school groups & youth dance companies, across all styles of dance. They will be sharing their reflections & championing the imagination, creativity & dedication of our brilliant young dancers.”
@ellamesma @themdcollective @2_ndhanddance
Anna Clifford Jury Member for Screen.Dance 2021!
As well as hosting several Q&A discussions, our very own Anna Clifford was humbled to be on the Jury for Screen.dance 2021 alongside Hayley Durward, Simon Fildes and Iliyana Nedkova.
Congratulations to the festival award winners and special mentions!
Awards go to...
FLOCK FEST 2021 - The MDC x Northern School of Contemporary Dance
It’s almost time!!!
Choreographer and MDC Editor duos showcasing their dance films this weekend:
Antonio Bukhar & James Williams
Gracefool Collective & Alice Underwood
Alethia Antonia & Joe Archer
Keira Mari Martin & James Haslam
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The 'Simony Screendance Award'
A highlight from Screen.dance festival was awarding the very first ‘Simony Screendance Award’ - for achievement in the field of screendance!
A tribute to announce the award was made by Mitchell Rose and Marlene Millar.
Congratulations to Simon Fildes and thank you for all that you do!
ROUNDTABLE: After Quarantine - The Future of Screendance
This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen
Online symposium and special issue of the International Journal of Screendance
Our very own Omari ‘Motion’ Carter will be moderating the roundtable discussion on Saturday March 13th @ 17:00 GMT
CLICK HERE to see the event video and transcript!
KATTAM KATTI - WORLD PREMIERE @ Akademi Dance-Film Festival 2021
WORLD PREMIERE by Pagrav Dance Company and The Motion Dance Collective at #ADFF2021
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Kattam Katti transports you to Uttarayan, the world-famous festival in Gujarat, North India, where millions of people from different cities, religions and social classes come together to fly kites in a unique event marking the transition from winter into spring.
Uttarayan is extremely competitive. Participants go so far as to coat their kite strings with glass pigment; while this is visually appealing, it is also designed to cut the strings of other kites. Tapping into this competitive chaos, creativity and colour of the event, Pagrav Dance Company and The Motion Dance Collective brings this theatre work in the form of film with enchanting lyricism, exquisite technique and strong drama.
CLICK HERE for the Official Behind the Scenes Video
APOTHEOSIS (World Premiere!) - The MDC x British Museum x AKADEMI
WORLD PREMIERE of APOTHEOSIS. A dance-film by Akademi & The Motion Dance Collective, filmed in The British Museum.
After the premiere you can see the film later in 2021 on The British Museum Website
The glorification of a subject to divine level and most commonly, the treatment of a human like a god.
APOTHEOSIS is Akademi’s first screendance collaboration with The Motion Dance Collective and The British Museum.
CLICK HERE for the Official Behind the Scenes Video
Akademi Dance-Film Festival 2021 Co-Curation
Curated by our Creative Director, Omari 'Motion' Carter and Artistic Director of Akademi, Suba Subramaniam, the festival featured new and archived South Asian dance-films along with selected talks with filmmakers and dance artists.
The films covered a wide range of topics from motherhood, the queer body and the commoditisation of identity, to India’s dream robot to the moon, amongst other thought-provoking subjects. Several of these films were a direct response to life in lockdown.
We also commissioned three short original screendance works that were shown during the festival.
'Developing a Toolkit for Screendance' with South East Dance
Our Founder and Director @omarimotion will be speaking this Thursday March 4th 2020 @ 15:00 GMT for ‘Developing a Toolkit for Screendance’ @southeastdance as part of #MindTheGap online programme for young artists 💥💥💥
What do dance artists need to consider when making work for the screen? Join creative producer and researcher Laurence Hill, screen dance practitioner Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, dance artist Munya Muchati and ticketing & CRM specialist Nick Kime on Thursday 4 March for the latest instalment of #MindTheGap – our free expert advice programme on starting out in the industry.