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Dance (Lens)

Dance (Lens)

The Dance (Lens) program highlights outstanding Dance Films from Australia and internationally with artist Q&As.

Like dance, film is conveyed in time. A time which can be manipulated, accelerated, stopped and rewound at will. On-screen narratives are produced by the rhythmic combination of takes, jump-cuts, wipes, fade-ins and fade-outs — where the camera itself becomes a choreographic tool that extends beyond the physical boundaries of the body and the stage.

Dance (Lens) explores the embodiment and disembodiment of dance, speculative stages, screening history and the communal dance of watching from the other side of the screen.


Curators: Siobhan Murphy, Melissa Ramos and André Shannon

The Dance (Lens) program will be available On Demand from 20 July — 29 August on Dancehouse’s Vimeo channel. For one access price, viewers (locally, nationally and internationally) will be able to access the entire Dance (Lens) program to watch and re-watch for the period.

In addition to the screen work, the Dance (Lens) program comprises talks and public programs designed and offered by the curators, and some additional in-person screenings and events including:

  • A free daytime screening program as part of Open House Melbourne 24 — 25 July 2021; and
  • A weekend of screenings Friday 30 July — Sunday 1 August in the Sylvia Staehli Theatre.

Siobhan Murphy is a choreographer and academic based in Naarm, Melbourne. Her practice focuses on screendance works for single channel and gallery installation outcomes, with works screened in festivals and museums in cities throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Lisbon and Edinburgh. Her recent scholarly and artistic research centres on dance portraiture, with her portrait of Joanne White at the London International Screendance Festival in 2019, and her forthcoming portrait of Alice Cummins at Dance (Lens) in 2021. Her article on screendance portraiture examines the productive counterpoints of the portraiture tradition and builds toward an emergent framework for understanding how screendance portraits function. Siobhan is a Lecturer in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she teaches and supervises in dance studies, screendance and artistic research.

Melissa Ramos is an artist, filmmaker living on Gadigal land, Sydney. She is the founding director and curator of Dance Cinema Organisation, dedicated to celebrate the artform of screendance featuring works directed by artists whose production lies in-between contemporary art, dance and cinema. Melissa’s artistic practice derives from examining the conflicts between nature and culture, in particular the issues of nature imparted by colonialism and modernity. Melissa has collaborated with choreographers and dancers around the world; most recently with Sarah Pini for Critical Path, Sydney, and Swedish choreographer Carolina Bäckman for Copenhagen Stage Denmark. Melissa’s work has been exhibited widely; among them include Art Gallery of New South Wales, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), USA; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan; House of Dance Denmark, Copenhagen; Vargas Museum, Manila Philippines; National Gallery, Bangkok; National Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Singapore; Berlin Asian Film Festival; and the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. Germany  www.melissaramos.com.au

André Shannon is a Canberra turned Sydney based filmmaker, broadcast film critic and festival curator. His works showcase queer chaos in no-budget productions, often in the context of Resourceful Cinema as a boycott of industry standards. These films have screened internationally at Montreal World Film Festival, SIFF, pornfilmfestival Berlin, and in New York at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. His collective collaborations with artist Jen Atherton as Garden Reflexxx have featured at Vivid, Art, Not Apart, Seventh Gallery, Pari, Knox St Window, Dead End Film Festival and in regular screenings at Pink Flamingo Cinema through their quarterly festival Garden Reflexxx Presents. Following two film critic mentorships (MIFF, IFFR) André has programmed for MIFF, Slamdance, and published criticism in Junkee, Berlin Critic’s Week, Zürich Moves!, Sissy Screens and Rough Cut. Currently, André co-hosts the film segment Movies, Movies, Movies on FBi 94.5 and is in post-production on a mid-length feature.


Free live screenings every Monday at 5pm from October 16 — December 7 (2020), later available on Vimeo On Demand for rental.
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