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The Politics of the Frame : Screen Dance Intensive with Constance Cooke

The Politics of the Frame, will focus on a mindful, conscious approach to creating dance for camera. Constance Cooke will lead the participants through a series of structured exercises with cameras designed to aid and challenge how they approach, capture and situate their work. The premise underlying this exploration is that screen images aren’t neutral –camera angles, shots, camera movements, locations, choreography and framing all carry implied meaning. Through creative critical dialogue, workshop participants will strengthen their ability to discern and create meaning as they shoot and review capture footage.

Screendance is an engaging language. It offers us a means to integrate, understand, question and challenge our own preconceived stories and see self, reflected in other. The curriculum Cooke has devised is a refined program of instruction for dancers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists and filmmakers, focused on creating innovative movement specifically with the camera frame in mind. Cooke offers participants a new way to see, stimulate, devise and engage with movement, as it exists in the frame.

Examples of dialogues include:

  1. The subjective camera: How can you explore giving the camera an identity? Is it a voyeur? Does it discover something already going on? Does it allude to something else that is taking place off screen (via sound or other innuendo)? Does it make the subject seem smaller (trivial, weaker, etc.) by shooting from above? Does it imbue the subject with power and stature by shooting from below? How can you explore these and other possibilities?
  2. Context: What effect does where you shoot have on what you shoot. Explore location as context and subtext, etc.


October 14 1-4pm October 15 1-4pm

COST Earlybird (before Oct. 5th) $75
After October 5th $100

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REQUIREMENTS For this two day intensive you will want to bring devices to capture footage, such as smart phones, tablets and digital cameras. Participants are also asked to bring their own laptops to edit on. Please also wear layered clothing that is easy to move in.

ABOUT CONSTANCE Constance Cooke is a Canadian Dance Artist who enjoys the privilege of living and working in Coast Salish Territory. Her work has attracted and cultivated curious, open and intelligent audiences for contemporary and experimental work for over 25 years. Cooke has self-produced her own work for close to 20 years including: full length-works, mixed-programmes with other artists, and site-specific projects. She has been commissioned to create works for Canadian Dance Companies and Independent Dance Artists alike. Cooke is Artistic Director of the newly formed SOS Dance (Seen On Site, Stage and Screen) and Co-Director of Dance For The Camera. Cooke teaches choreography for the frame (screendance). She has taught at the CanAsian Dance Festival in alliance with Kaeja d’dance, at Hub 14 in Toronto, in Winnipeg at the School Of Contemporary Dancers and in Victoria at the D4 The Camera Intensive. She has worked with and studied with screendance icons Ellen Bromberg, David Hinton, Katrina Mcpherson and Douglas Rosenberg. Her own works in screendance has been seen nationally and internationally including ‘Anarchists Footwear?’ which had its American debut in New York at the American Dance Festival. Cooke has created site-specific works for both indoor and outdoor venues, including a Salmon Run Flash Mob with non-dancers and dancers For Copenhagen 350. Last season Cooke premiered Brace 4, with Arash Khakpour and Walter Kubanek at DOTE, worked the Gage Art Gallery presenting an interactive paper and metal installation that audience members where invited to dance and interact with, and with the Greater Art Gallery Of Victoria for their mega event Urbanite, where she had the delight work with Jamie Nesbitt and dancer Lara Barclay. Cooke is a guest choreographer, teacher, and mentor with Professional Training Programmes, Intensives and Mentorship Programmes, including Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers PTP, Vancouver’s Restless Production, the University of Victoria, Cadence Dance in Toronto, Victoria Academy Of Ballet, and The Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance. Where in 2015 Cooke resigned as Artistic Director in order to focus full time on research, creation and leading master classes.