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Workshop | Craft Development

Creating Impact: Screendance Essentials

Constance Cooke offers a fresh and mindful approach to working with dance for camera. With a focus on screendance, Cooke’s webinar starts from the premise that screen images are not neutral. Locations, choreographed movement, and sound all carry implied meaning when framed by the angled camera and organized in time-based sequence. Drawing on screendance classics and her own experience in working with dancers to craft dynamic movement for the frame, she has observations and practical insights to share that will support new and more seasoned creators alike, to strengthen the quality and impact of modern screendance.

  • Designed for choreographers, dancers, directors, and videographers at all career stages, experienced or new to making screen dances.
  • No equipment is required.

Regular: $25 Dance Centre Members/$55 non-members after August 27 4pm PDT
Prices are subject to GST

Enquiries: 604 606 6416 members[at]thedancecentre.ca

  • Saturday September 11, 2021 | 11am - 2pm PDT

  • Zoom

  • $25-$55 + GST

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“Beautifully organized, clear and stimulating. It was completely accessible for a newcomer like me. Connie’s teaching style is conversational, relaxed, and focused. Her knowledge is impressive. Her love for dances made for film is contagious.” Bill Evans (Bill Evans Dance)

“Connie’s workshops have been inspiring and helpful to me because they focus on integrating the body and the camera’s movement. It inspires me to make work.” Kelly Hargraves (Dance Camera West)

“Connie brought her spirited dance making and passionate love for screendance directly into our homes. It was awesome to feel the charge in the zoom room with Connie guiding our perception to nuanced places.” Karen Kaeja (Kaeja d’Dance)

Constance Cooke lives, creates, and works on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations, in Victoria BC. Her works for stage and screendance have been presented in North America and Europe.

Cooke teaches choreography for the frame, a programme specifically devised for choreographers and directors. She also leads a unique movement for the frame class designed just for dancers. She has taught with screendance legends David Hinton and Ellen Bromberg and in 2015 attended the first ever Symposium of Teachers of Screen Dance led by Douglas Rosenberg and Katrina McPherson, hosted by ADF.

Cooke has taught screendance for the CanAsian Dance Festival with Kaeja d’Dance, at Hub 14 in Toronto, in Winnipeg at WCD studios and in Victoria at the D4 The Camera Intensives. In March 2020 she began teaching and mentoring screendance online, including Make A Dance Film, a webinar hosted by Dance Victoria that attracted over 100 participants. These workshops and mentorships attract artists from across the Globe. She has curated screendance events and festivals for Media-Net and D4 Camera. Dance films created with her support have been selected to screen at numerous festivals including Dance on Camera New York; Lincoln Center, Leeds International Film Festival; Portobello; London; FLEXIFF, Australia; Stem Cell Film Festival; Local Sightings, Seattle; Baltimore Women’s Film Festival; and many more.