Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory: Art of Dance, Making Dance, Making Screendance is a festival of creative engagement processes based in Wicklow, serving the east coast of Ireland.
We’re delighted that Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory returns for its 2019 edition, happening in Bray December 2nd & 3rd. Curated by Dr Adrienne Brown, invited guest for 2019 include artists Róisín Whelan, Angie Smalis and Aoife Kavanagh.
The specially commissioned dance film Le Ballet de la Nuit (comprising 12 international filmmakers, 12 composers and 12 hour-long films on themes of the iconic 1653 ballet) will be shown, from 10 am – 4 pm each day.
Wicklow ScreenDance 2019 had as its genesis, a conversation with Marisa Hayes and Franck Boulègue of the International Festival of Video Danse, Bourgogne, France, about their tenth year themed festival in 2018 which they celebrated with re-making of the 1653 Ballet de la Nuit, originally choreographed for stage, and now as a compendium screendance film. As the theme for the original ballet was the Sun’s journey from sunset to sunrise: a thirteen-hour stage performance featuring the young King Louis XIV as the Sun King, Marisa and Franck undertook to remake this for screen, inviting 12 film makers and 12 composers to look at themes from the original ballet and use them as material for one-hour films to comprise the total 12 hours; as it became.
In partnership with Klinkerdin Experimental Arts Salon, Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory will host an evening of dance performance, dance film screening and discussion, with special guests.
Featured film/dance artists Aoife Kavanagh (Ireland), Róisín Whelan (Ireland) and Angie Smalis (Greece/Ireland) will present and discuss dance and film, along with a live dance performance from Steffi Carter. Films by Anna Maria Hutri (Finland), Erika Vaughn Byrne (USA) and Emma Minarelli (Italy) will also be screened.
This festival has curated a selection of dance films from across the world for screening. Video dance performance/screendance is a particularly eclectic twenty-first century medium that draws artists from multiple disciplines to form moving images that speak of the poetic and political in current times.
Viewers will see films from Karen Gleeson (Ireland); Salvatore Insana (Italy); Steve Woods (Ireland); Erica Borges (Brazil/Ireland); Tara Brandel (Ireland); Angie Smalis (Greece/Ireland); Jessica Peoples (Ireland); Molly McAllister (Ireland); Aoife Kavanagh (Ireland); FuLE (France); Anna Maria Hutri (Finland); Valentina Knežević (Croatia/Germany); Hadi Moussally (Lebanon/France).