2016 Screendance Intensive

August 8-20, 2016 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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The Course

An exciting opportunity for emerging to established videographers, choreographers, filmmakers, dancers, and artists from all genres to participate in an intensive two-week programme in screendance creation. This intensive will explore the choreographic and filmic potential of creating dance specifically for the camera.

Week One

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    Develop Aesthetics

    through specific tasks/exercises to train the eye to create and look for energy in the frame as well as viewing dance films from across the globe (followed by critical dialogue)

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    includes a morning movement class specially designed for this programme and site specific exercises outside the studio

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    Sharpen Skills

    participants will learn to use a camera, light for film, score a soundtrack, edit, and storyboard

Week Two


Each participant creates their very own screendance with the support from the mentors and other participants in the intensive – includes a screening of all the participants’ films on the last Saturday.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the meaning, metaphor and the politics constructed by their choices of representation.

Open Registration

**REGISTRATION IS ONGOING** The course costs $1000 CAD. Please note: there is a maximum of 16 participants accepted. Click here to register

This workshop is for artists of all disciplines who wish to investigate the intersection between dance and (film and video). It will encourage filmmakers to reconsider human movement in the frame and open up new possibilities in a director’s mind. Choreographers can learn how to approach creation of dance for the screen from an aesthetic standpoint as well as gaining some technical skills.

The best part: you get to make a video with dancers in it!

For this two week intensive you will want to bring devices to capture footage, such as smart phones, tablets and digital cameras to use in the exercises. Creators will be provided with technical assistance for their films as well as access to professional equipment and editing suites. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptops to edit on. Please also wear layered clothing that is easy to move in.

If you have any questions, or if you are applying for funding and need a letter of acceptance, please contact us.

Why Screendance?

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 choreographers, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers, focused on creating innovative movement specifically with the camera frame in mind.

Most dance professionals spend a lifetime creating for the stage. This intensive offers a new way to see, stimulate, devise and engage with movement, as it exists in the frame. Every dance for the camera creator has a host of both choreographic and image-based tools with which to shape and direct the audience experience. Moving image concepts and practices offer exciting new possibilities in terms of scale, time and choreographic composition.

Here is a classic example of a screendance:

But screendance can be many things! These are also screendances:


What will your screendance be like?

Let’s find out!

Call for Dancers

Winnipeg Screendance Intensive is looking for 12 contemporary dance artists to participate in a two week dance for the camera Intensive August 8 to 20th, 2016. Dancers will have the opportunity to work with the 16 directors, choreographers and visual artists who are participants of the 2016 Screendance intensive. All dancers will receive DVD copies of all Screendance they are cast in, morning movement classes, access to all video salons, screenings and lectures.

We are looking for professional or emerging dance artists of all ages.
Students in a full time Professional Training Programme will also be considered. Please send a CV and (if you have it) video support material of yourself moving.
Email [email protected] with the subject line “Call for Dancers 2016”.



Constance Cooke

Choreographer for Stage & Screendance, Movement and Screendance Educator.

Cooke is a Canadian Dance Artist whose choreographic works for stage and screendance have been presented in Canada, the United States, England and Germany. Cooke is Co-Director of Dance For The Camera, and Artistic Director of the newly formed SOS Dance (Scene on Stage and Screen). Her choreographic works have been presented by various Dance Series and Festivals. Cooke also self-produces her own work and has shared programmes with other artists and companies. She has been commissioned to create works for Canadian dance companies and independent dance artists. Her own works in screendance have been seen nationally and internationally including ‘Anarchists Footwear?’ which had its American debut in New York at the Dance on Camera Film Festival.

As Co-Artistic Director of Dance for The Camera Victoria, Cooke has devised a movement curriculum specifically for film directors and choreographers.

Cooke has had the delight to teach movement for the frame with award winning British film legend David Hinton, and American filmmaker, curator, educator and Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Ellen Bromberg. This past summer she was the only Canadian Artist the American Dance Festivals Symposium on Screen Dance where she had the opportunity to work with a fine group of international artists. This Intensive was lead by internationally recognized pioneer of screendance Douglas Rosenberg and Katrina Mcpherson, an award-winning writer and maker of dance on film.
Cooke has taught movement for the frame for a number of arts organizations in Canada including Dance For The Camera Victoria, Media- Net, The Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance, White Birch /Dance Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and The CanAsian Film Festival in alliance with Kaeja Dance in Toronto. Over the years Canadian Dance Artists at these intensives have included, Christopher House, Jennifer Mascall, Anthony Morgan, Karen Kaeja, Peter Chin, Denise Fujiwara, Jane Osborne, Caroline Liffmann and many other national and international participants such Swedish multi- media artist Sachiko Hayashi and Kelly Hargraves from Dance Camera West in Los Angeles. Screendances created at these two-week intensives have been selected to screen by festivals throughout the world including, The Leeds International Film Festival; Portobello; London; FLEXIFF, Australia; Stem Cell Film Festival; Herland Film and Video Festival, Edmonton; Northwest Film Forum – Local Sightings, Seattle; Dance on Camera New York; Lincoln Center. NY; Bassel, Switzerland; Local Visions; Romp!, Victoria; Baltimore Women’s Film Festival; St John’s Newfoundland; and MADance Screen Salon, Toronto and others.

Cooke has participated in a number of screendance panels with Media- Net and Dance For the Camera. She has also juried and curated dance films for the Reel Dance Film Festival. This past summer Cooke was invited to mentor and teach at Experimental Film Virginia in the United States and next season she has been asked to curate a screendance programme for the 2016 Dancing On The Edge Festival in Vancouver.
Cooke is a guest artist, teacher, choreographer and mentor with Professional Training Programmes, Intensives and Mentorship programmes across Canada, including Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers Professional Training Programme, Vancouver’s Restless Production, Cadence Dance in Toronto, Victoria Academy of Ballet Profession Progamme and The Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance where she was the Founding Artistic Director. Cooke has made a significant contribution to the professional training of dancers in Canada. Former students have gone on to established their own companies and independent careers and are currently dancing with professional companies throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
Cooke is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre Dance Programme. Upon graduation she relocated from Toronto to Winnipeg working independently as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. During this time Cooke performed works by Rachel Browne, Brent Lott, Bruce Mitchell, Murray Darroch, Mauricio Wainrot and Sharon Moore. As A choreographer, Cooke’s first solo work was created on dancer Mary-Louise Albert and premiered at Dancing On the Edge in Vancouver, her first ensemble work created with members of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Since moving to Victoria in 1996, Cooke has created numerous works, most recently Liminal, Spill 4, Argon and I Be Caribou. Working closely with Video Artist and Projection Designer Pamela Millar these latest works incorporate video projection as a fixed and mobile element.
Cooke has been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants including The Canada Council of the Arts, BC Arts Council, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Vancouver Foundation, BC Hydro, Dance Victoria and more.


Pamela Millar

Videographer, Editor, Projection Desiger.

Pamela Millar is a director, videographer and editor. Millar has directed, shot and edited a number of short experimental screendance productions including Braiding, OnRavelling, and Tunnel Vision which showed at the Edinburough Film Festival. Millar has designed projections for several stage dance productions including Liminal, Argon, S/KIN, and I Be Caribou. She co-produced, wrote and was the principal camera for the documentary ‘ Marker of Change: the story of the Women’s Monument (CTV) which won a Bronze Apple for excellence in educational film making, and was also nominated for a Leo for best documentary script. ‘To Live in This House’ a (CBC Rough Cuts production) (principal camera) won the Bronze Chris award.
Millar is a skilled, intuitive, intelligent creator, editor and projection artist who brings a strong technical and creative intelligence to multi-disciplinary collaborations for stage and in screendance.
Millar graduated from the Capilano College Media Program (1994).

Kayla Jeanson

Filmmaker / Video Producer

Kayla Jeanson is a Winnipeg-based filmmaker who specializes in producing screendance and documenting choreographic and theatrical works. A producer/director for her company Parachute Media Lab, she has developed a wide range of work including broadcast and commercial web video. She is the dedicated archival videographer for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Gearshifting Performance Works, NAfro Dance Company, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, and Theatre Projects Manitoba, and she has produced documentation for traveling artists Sasha Ivanochko, Christopher House, Marie-Josée Chartier, Brian Webb, Roger Sinha, Helen Husak, and Nicole Mion. She was fortunate enough to work with the legendary Rachel Browne, archiving her choreography in the years leading up to her death. Jeanson has collaborated with artists such as Tom Stroud, Ming Hon, and Peter Quanz to create video for live projection during performances.

Jeanson holds a B.A. (Adv) in Film Studies and English from the University of Manitoba. She studied for two years at The School of Contemporary Dancers, where she began to fill a great need: to record performances for the school and for choreographers in the community. In 2011, she released her first film, Le Dernier Soir, a hybrid documentary/music video, which was awarded “Best Documentary” and “Best Cinematography” at the University of Winnipeg Student Film Festival. In 2012, Jeanson attended Dance for the Camera in Victoria BC and studied under Constance Cooke, whose particular approach to screendance was instrumental in her development as an emerging filmmaker.