Award-Winning Screendance artist & scholar Katrina McPherson visits the U

November 13 2017
Katrina McPherson standing in front of her work on the MediaWall at Bath Spa University. Katrina McPherson standing in front of her work on the MediaWall at Bath Spa University.

By Molly Powers.

The School of Dance and the Department of Film & Media Arts are pleased to announce that s­creendance author and scholar, Katrina McPherson, will be a visiting artist on campus November 15, 2017.  

One of the first generation of hybrid screendance artists, Katrina McPherson’s creative, scholarly and educational work is at the forefront of the international field. Katrina trained as a dancer and choreographer at Laban, London. An early career fascination with the collaborative possibilities of dance and the moving image led her to complete a post-graduate in Electronic Imaging (video art), laying the foundations of what would become a life-long, multi-faceted and influential engagement with making dance for the screen.

Over the past three decades, Katrina has collaborated with many international dancers and choreographers and her single, multi-screen and on-line works have been presented at venues and festivals world-wide.  A much sought-after teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator, Katrina has taught the theory, history and practice of screen dance and dance improvisation in the UK, Australia, Germany, USA, Canada and China and she is the sole author of the text book Making Video Dance (Routledge, 2006). 

“Katrina McPherson is an international leader in the field of screendance, as an award-winning filmmaker and educator/scholar, having authored the seminal text, Making Video Dance.  I am thrilled that she will be with us for a short visit and I hope that those interested in this exciting art form will be able to join us for one or both of her classes.” - Distinguished Professor Ellen Bromberg, founding director of the U’s International screendance Festival.

Katrina McPherson will conduct an improvisational camera workshop in the Marriott Center for Dance, studio 260 on Wednesday the 15th, from 12:25PM – 1:45PM. She will also give a presentation and discussion of her work at 2:00 PM, in the Marriott Library, Mac Lab Rm. 1110. These are free events, open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, contact Ellen Bromberg.

Screendance, also known as dance for camera, cine dance, and video dance, is an exciting hybrid art form, which in the past has been found at the margins of practice in the fields of dance and film, is now taking a central place as an independent art form. The 11th bi-annual Screendance Festival, hosted by the School of Dance, and Film and Media Arts Department, is slated for Spring 2018, and will bring esteemed, Belgian award-winning filmmaker and composer Thierry De Mey, to teach workshops and discuss his work. The festival will take place at the Broadway Theater in collaboration with Salt Lake Film Society.