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Dance (Lens)


Dance (Lens)

The Dance (Lens) Festival showcases over 30 outstanding international and national screendance works curated by André Shannon, Melissa Ramos and Siobhan Murphy.

Dance (Lens) ran On Demand from 29 July—29 August 2021 and will screen LIVE at Dancehouse over one weekend (19—21 November).

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Free Registration with your On Demand Ticket, or Pay as you Feel. Bookings are required. 

In addition to the screendance works, the (Focus) program of talks, extras and bonus features designed and offered by each curator is available for free here.

Being Seen: Screendance Portraits | Siobhan Murphy

'Kenta Kojiri' (2018), Sue Healy. Photo by Pippa Samaya.

Curated by Siobhan Murphy, Being Seen: Screendance Portraits gathers together a range of screendance works from the past three decades that engage with portraiture. Groups become a situation for negotiating how selves emerge through their relationship to others. Solo dancers find themselves immersed in environments, water, metal and wood, that craft their movements and self-representations. In a black box studio, a succession of diverse dancers perform spare gestural solos. In a white void, a dancer duets with a mattress. At the heart of these works is an acknowledgement of the ambiguous authorship at work in dance portraiture, and an abiding interest in how people are rendered in movement. 

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The House These Films Built | André Shannon

'is it god or am i dog?' (2018), FlucT.


Film is the closest medium to the diary, scribbled with the grammar of household documentation. For Dance (Lens), let’s consider how films are building sites of self. Curated by André Shannon, this selection takes viewers through a rebel Soviet kitchen, a dining room of knee padded clowns, into a possessed sleepover, and through a Grindr date for flowers. In the pursuit of autonomy comes obedience, disobedience and a romance of the body. Filmmaking is lowkey pedagogy.

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Formscapes | Melissa Ramos

Formscapes, curated by Melissa Ramos.

Formscapes curated by Melissa Ramos focuses on screendance works that explore themes of past, present and future embodied perspectives, deconstructing fabricated patterns and the auto-poetic narratives of joint ownership between the viewer and the screen. This series of works unravel narratives that trace the many layers of how we interact, deconstruct, connect and record our geography.

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Official Selection

Program #1

Mimeisthai (2021), Phoebe Robinson [World Premiere]
(like a) Less Dense Brick (2019), Piaera Lauritz [Australian Premiere]
2 of 2 (2021), Kirsty Lee
you and i are stood (2019), Mischa Baka [World Premiere]
Play As You Go (2020), Alec Katsourakis
Fathom (2021), Dave Meagher


Program #2

SOURSWEET (2021), Hana Miller [World Premiere]
Your Time (2017), Phebe Schmidt
Void (2020), Claire Marshall
Countervail (2017), Lux Eterna & Kathryn Puie [Australian Premiere]
Yinarr (2020), Amelia Jean O’Leary
Stuttgart Corner, Thalia Livingstone [Australian Premiere]
Strategic Choreographies (2021), Leo Tsao


Program #3

Walk With Me (The Series) (2021), Threading Frames [Australian Premiere]
Artifacts from grey skies (2020), Cobie Orger & Lost Few
The Invisibles (2021), WeiZen Ho
A Line Dance (2020), Alison Currie
Caca-Capitalismo (2020), Jonathan Homsey & Monica Guitti



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.
View 2020 program and artist Q&As

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