#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.
EOTB Screening and Q&A at Motion State Arts!
TRAMWAY EVOLVES: Short Course with The Motion Dance Collective
Excited for this virtual short course as part of Tramway Evolves @glasgowtramway next week, we hope to see some familiar faces! 🤩
Tramway says: “Our venue may be closed but we still have plenty going on online. Artists working in contemporary performance are invited to join this free course from The Motion Dance Collective @themdcollective from 25-27 Jan 2021.
Moving body and moving image practices and techniques will be implemented, adapted and manipulated to adhere to the specific needs of the participants, resulting in attendees gaining practical experience with tools that inject an essence of hybridity into their ongoing practice.
'Dance on Screen: Stories Through Choreography'
The Digital Masterclass for Aethestica Short Film Festival @asffestival @aestheticamag zoomed by... 😉
Talking with fellow artists Shobana Jeyasingh and Alexander Whiteley @shobanajeyasinghdance and @whitleydance and screendance empress Gitta Wigro was an absolute pleasure.
Omari also had the pleasure of judging the Dance Category for the festival alongside the Shobana and Alex!
Let’s keep it moving!
ScreenShare: The Future of Dance on Screen (Discussion Panel)
Omari will be appearing as a panellist for ‘SCREENSHARE: THE FUTURE OF DANCE ON SCREEN’ on 22 October 2020
Alongside fellow Screendance practitioners @jonzid @mirandasheehy @alice_underwood_films @ankurbahl the discussion will be chaired by Emma Cahusac of the BBC and hosted by @alisonthomasdance of @thefi.eld @east.london.dance .
We are looking forward to a critical discussion of our practice and the changing nature of the industry in the current times!
Artist Presentations Now Available on Screen.Dance Website
‘In his presentation Omari intends to draw from his postgraduate study, which focused on hip hop dance’s relationship to narrative and the label of ‘urban’ within a screendance context. As a hip hop dance culture aficionado, studying under the roof of a contemporary dance school, Omari was concerned about who my research was going to reach; who was it for? The screendancers? The hip-hop heads? Film and video practitioners? The academics/scholars of either form? If his research hopes to be an academic contribution to hip-hop culture, will any hip-hop practitioners outside of academia actually read it?’
Check it out! Go to https://www.screen.dance/festival-2020/artist-presentations/omari-carter-artist-presentation/
EOTB Strikes Again! ASSURDO FILM FESTIVAL - Honourable Mention
End of the Block received an honourable mention from the Assurdo Film Festival in Milan, Italy!!!
We are so happy that this short film continues to reach new corners of the world...
HIP HOP HOORAY!!!
'Screendance: Diversity and Representation Matters' Roundtable 2020
In July, Founder Omari 'Motion' Carter was honoured to have featured in a screendance roundtable hosted by Jeannette Ginslov and Georgina Thomson.
SPLIT-N-GROOVE: The MDC and The Place CAT Scheme
Check out this screendance film created during the Centre for Advanced Summer Intensive 2020 with practitioner Omari ‘Motion’ Carter.
1 Week + 78 students x Body Percussion + Screendance = A splitscreen happening to remember!
Noise/Silence with National Centre for Circus Arts
Foundation Degree Ensemble 2020 present two works directed by Neus Gil Cortes, Edited and Colour Graded by Omari 'Motion' Carter and sound designed by Mike Winship:
PULSAR - Igor x Moreno x EDGE x The MDC
EDGE Dance Company performers unite across the globe for a reimagination of Igor x Moreno's 'Pulsar'. In a new film specially adapted during lockdown, these 14 dancers create an intimate and honest connection with the viewer whilst performing remotely from their homes across the globe.
Reimagined with choreography by the internationally renowned company Igor X Moreno in collaboration with screendance practitioner Omari ‘Motion’ Carter.
CLICK HERE to watch the full piece!
#WhereWeDanceNow - International Journal of Screendance Symposium Roundtable
Our founder and invited guests were part of a fantastic panel for the online symposium and special issue of the International Journal of Screendance: This Is Where We Dance Now: Covid-19 and the New and Next in Dance Onscreen
This roundtable consisted of, James Williams, Alice Underwood, Sandra Madouma, Vilma Tihilä & Antoine Marc. Check out the video recording of the event by following THIS LINK
The MDC - Special Selection Artist Presentation at Screen.dance 2020
The Motion Dance Collective will be making a double appearance at the Screen.dance festival - Scotland's Festival of Dance on Screen | June 19th and 20th 2020. Not to be missed!
MDC participates in Re:generations 2019
Omari Carter and James Williams have been invited to take part in a panel discussion at Re:generations 2019 - dance and the digital space. They will be talking alongside other industry professionals including Antoine Marc, Bawren Tavaziva, Denzil Barnes, Baff Akoto, facilitated by Nadia Denton. We will also be screening 'finding my feet' at the event.
The Cinematography Journal
James has created a podcast to discuss his work and experience in film, as well as his collaborations with other artists and technicians. Episode 4 of The Cinematography Journal focuses on his experience of filming 'finding my feet' in collaboration with Omari Carter. Find out more about the process of the making of this docu-dance, the questions it proposed to us and the further development it inspired. Listen here!
Founder Omari 'Motion' Carter was invited to facilitate, judge and workshop at the Screen.Dance Festival in Perth, Scotland. Click here to see some behind the scenes of what went down!
EASE ON DOWN U.S.A PREMIERE
Body Percussed short film EASE ON DOWN is currently smashing it's international tour. After being selected as a finalist at the IN OUT DANCE/IMAGE FESTIVAL in Gdansk - Poland (CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL BLOG), the film has now been selected for two screendance festivals in the States!!!
DARE TO DANCE - Honourable Mention!
Congratulations to Founder Omari 'Motion' Carter and Alice Laidler for receiving a honourable mention, for their collaboration on a lovely, raw and stunning short screendance, MINDFIELD.
Thanks to the Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival judges!!
Moving Away Screendance Documentary Series - Youtube Release!!!
Moving Away is a short screendance-documentary web-series
created by Omari 'Motion' Carter, in the hope to give an insight into the lives of dancers who perform abroad.