VRYSTAAT ARTS FESTIVAL – JULY 2020 ONLINE - Bloemfontein, South Africa



An online panel discussion via Zoom 02 July 2020

South Africa: 14-15:30 SAST 

UK: 13:00 - 14:30 BST

USA: 08-09:30 EST

VIDEO LINK: https://www.facebook.com/202113399825664/videos/294524148583739  

Hosted by Georgina Thomson and Jeannette Ginslov


This is an online Screendance panel event that presents and discusses the art form, Screendance.  Screendance artists from diverse backgrounds have been asked to present their work, revealing what Screendance is, how they create it, and why it matters. It is also a panel discussion about the form of Screendance, the representation of bodies on screen, cultural diversity and the body’s representation at International Screendance festivals.

Given the current socio-political climate we can no longer skirt around the issues of bodies race, diversity and their representation on screen. To date, this topic has never been fully discussed on a Screendance panel. Being highly contentious these issues are often difficult to talk about and overlooked in favour of other discussions on funding and networking, for example. These are also important issues, but the representation of dancing bodies cannot and should not be a discussion held by academics behind closed doors. Yes, it may be uncomfortable to talk about race and representation, but this discomfort needs to be discussed as we cannot get away from bodies, their representation and context. They are the very medium of Screendance, entangled with the medium of cinema. So how do we overcome something that we cannot and should not ignore? How do we ask these questions in and with our work and how is this represented on screens internationally? There may be no answers, but at least let us try to talk about these issues. We have work to do.


Jeannette Ginslov: Screendance and embodied technologies practitioner & PhD Candidate London South Bank University: UK

Georgina Thomson: Dance Programme Coordinator: Vrystaat Arts Festival South Africa


Omari Carter: Associate Lecturer and Screendance Practitioner: UK

Gabri Christa: Dance filmmaker, Assistant Professor of Professional Dance Practice Barnard College and Curator-Director of Moving Body-Moving Image Festival: NYC USA

Simon Fildes: Screendance practitioner, producer, curator and teacher: Scotland

Robin Gee: Screendance practitioner, Associate Professor of Dance, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Smangaliso Siphesihle Ngwenya: Screendance practitioner, writer, choreographer and performer: South Africa

Participating in the discussion:

Dominique Jossie: Filmmaker/Producer and Screendance practitioner: South Africa

Tania Lea Vossgatter: Dance teacher, choreographer and aspirant Screendance practitioner: South Africa


Here is a list of the screendance that the artists are referring to:


SCREENDANCE PANEL 02 JULY 2020: Playlist on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-byKtwPMjA5oLMeMlD9zHL6farkpUqds


Omari Carter: Associate Lecturer and Screendance Practitioner: UK

Ease on Down: https://youtu.be/MHw2LyTBWKo


Gabri Christa: Dance filmmaker, Associate Professor of Professional Dance Practice Barnard College and Curator-Director of Moving Body-Moving Image Festival: NYC USA

Quarantine: https://youtu.be/9iZH1BP6KvE


Simon Fildes: Screendance practitioner, producer, curator and teacher: Scotland

Trio for a Quartet: https://youtu.be/kFzKJORI2H0


Robin Gee: Screendance practitioner, Associate Professor of Dance, University of North Carolina, Greensboro: USA

Wanting https://youtu.be/oSSu_W2I3Ho


Smangaliso Siphesihle Ngwenya: Screendance practitioner, writer, choreographer and performer: South Africa https://youtu.be/K9xO88y7qk4

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