ReelDance 2008 Festival Workshops

Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes

Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes - Co-partners in GOAT Productions

As part of the ReelDance 2008 Festival, Dancehouse has the pleasure of hosting international guest artists; Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes in a three day Dance/Video/ Improvisation workshop for up to 10 dance filmmakers.

The ReelDance 2008 Festival Tour kicks off in Melbourne with a multi-faceted program co-presented by Arts House, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Dancehouse. The ReelDance Festival focuses on dance and movement in everyday life and features ballroom, flamenco, hip hop and parkour and will tour Australia and New Zealand in 2008.


Dance/Video/Improvisation - Unexpected Encounters - With Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes

An intensive course for dancers & video dance-makers interested in exploring the creative interface between improvised dance & video dance practice

Daily Schedule
Each day will start with simple warm up exercises to awaken the body and sharpen the senses. The remainder of the day will consist of focused practical sessions facilitated by Katrina and Simon looking at different issues for dancing and filming. There will be times for the pursuit of personal interests and reflection that can be brought back and shared with the group.

Course Aims
Our aim as facilitators will be to seek a perfect balance between teaching, experimentation, enquiry and support. The nature of improvisation is process, on-going investigation and the practice of giving. We will look at ways in which improvisation can be used to generate video dance material - that is, work that will be experienced on-screen. We will also explore how camera and editing techniques can capture the characteristics of improvised dance performance - spontaneity, energy, presence, connection to the audience. The workshop will be focused around investigation, geared towards generating ideas, questions and debate; as such their will be periods for discussion.

Dancer or Video Maker?
People can opt to attend the workshop as a dancer, or video dance-maker, or both. Some people may move between the two areas of activity. During some parts of each day, the entire group will work and watch together, and at other times, smaller groups will form to explore particular ideas, tasks or projects.

There are only 10 places available for this workshop and artists should if possible come with some experience of filming and editing, although its not necessary it means we can avoid running over the technical basics. If you have your own camera and editing software on a laptop please let us know. Expressions of interest can be downloaded here and should be forwarded to

Participants interested in joining this workshop can come with ideas they wish to pursue and they can also come empty handed but curious. However, everyone is invited to come with a spirit of open-mindedness, so that this week can hold surprises and discoveries for us all.

Articles and links

More information on Katrina and Simon

For examples of Katrina and Simon's projects at

Visit to see the current collaborative documentary work with acclaimed improviser Kirstie Simson.

Katrina's book, Making Video Dance is available through Amazon and is a useful starting point for dancers and choreographers with little or no experience of video making.


Where: Dancehouse 150 Princes St Carlton North 3054
May 2 - 4, @ 10.00 - 4.00 pm
Cost: No Charge but Bookings are essential as places are limited
Bookings: Expressions of interest once completed should be forwarded to


At Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, UK artists Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes present their installation the booth, an adaptation of the photo booth environment where you can create your own short dancefilms and upload them to booth's award-winning website. The booth is co-produced by Ricochet and Goat.

GET A GRIP, a Parkour performance which is part live action, part film, will also be part of the ReelDance Festival at Arts House with the ReelDance screenings, including Hip Hop and Parkour feature films, on at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Further information

For more information on the ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival in Melbourne visit the ReelDance website or visit the ACMI website. For information on booth at Arts House please visit the Arts House website. The ReelDance press release is available as a PDF document.

Supported by:

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