London Contemporary Dance School's Screendance Intensive

Three day course


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Tue 13 - Thu 15 February 2018, 9am - 4pm

This intensive three day course aims to stimulate careful thought and deliberation in the process of making screendance and to enhance understanding of the screen as a canvas for making dance. Participants will be taught how to communicate their choreographic intention using the language of filmmaking. The course will cover basic technical aspects of working with a video camera and editing software as well as the conceptual challenges of developing choreography for the screen.

The course will be delivered by Gabriela Tropia, through a combination of practical workshops (in which exercises will be set); demonstrations of camera/editing techniques; viewing dance films; lectures and critiques. 

Some of the equipment available for students are:

  • cameras (JVC GC-PX100BE; GoPro Hero 5 black; and others)
  • laptops with Final Cut Pro X
  • tripods, a glidecam and a 4 metre track

Previous experience in filming or making dance for the screen is useful for taking part but not essential.

Teacher's Biography

Gabriela Tropia BA (Hons) MA PGCLTHE, is a Brazilian dance filmmaker and lecturer. She originally studied dance at Unicamp, Brazil, before moving to London to undertake an MA in Dance for Screen at London Contemporary Dance School. She directed the short, Units of Action, which has toured more than 20 countries. Her Jam Series, in which she collaborated with contact improvisation dancers, shooting and editing within a strict and limited timeframe of two hours, resulted in 13 short films. Gabi’s 20 minute film Under the Cobblestones has been selected for Cinedans Festival and awarded at Passion for Freedom Arts Festival. She has published chapters in Terpsichore in Zeros and Ones (ed. Silvina Szperling) and Art in Motion: Current Research in Screendance (ed. Marisa C. Hayes and Franck Boulègue). Since 2010 Gabi has worked as a Lecturer in Dance and Technology at London Contemporary Dance School and in 2014 she has become a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

To take part in the Screendance Intensive please send a short expression of interest (max. 200 words) to by Mon 15 January.
You will receive a response by Fri 19 January to let you know if you’ve been offered a place.

Price: £180

Times: 9am - 4pm
Venue: at The Place