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 @ 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!