Image: Still from The Lily the Rose, directed by Charlotte Darbyshire, and choreographed by Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien, winner of the Light Moves 2017 Festival Prize.

The fourth international Light Moves Festival of Screendance symposium announces its open call for papers and presentations entitled Screendance Through the Senses. The symposium sits within the Light Moves festival and encourges artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.

The 2017 symposium invites screendance makers, spectators, advocates, and academics to examine the forms and approaches that enable this field’s diversity and vibrancy. We particularly welcome presentations that are discursive and interactive including workshop type formats, group/panel discussions, demonstration events, as well as paper presentation formats.

This year, Light Moves is pleased to announce that its Call for Papers and Presentations may benefit from the opportunity of publication in collaboration with the International Journal of Screendance. To that end, particularly strong responses to the call will be offered the opportunity to further develop their work for potential publication in a special volume (or section of volume) of the IJSD in April/May 2019.

Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas:

1. Structures, orthodoxies and strategies.
Balance and exchange: Situating choreography and performance within (and in contrast to) film-production cultures and conventions.
Conceptual underpinnings in screendance – weaving and layering dance, visual arts, sound and film.
Screendance Polarities: from Entertainment to Conceptualism: Framing screendance’s multiplicity / enabling its diversity.
Screendance and the Poetic: Exploring Narrative Intransitivity – Digression, Non-linearity and Diegetic Heterogeneity.
2. Beyond the Image.
Sensation and embodiment in the encounter between film and performance.
Time and space: Compression, dilation and experiencing performance on screen.
(With)holding ephemerality: The challenge of mediatising liveness.
Countering ocularcentric paradigms: Embracing sound, interaction, kinetic, kinaesthetic and somatic experiences.
3. Genre, Movements, Orientations and Contexts
Articulating difference: Screendance classification (genre, style, culture and medium).
Curatorial processes and the challenge of genre typology.
Investigating curatorial histories, methodologies and intuitions.
Media archeological trends in screendance practice.
Towards screendance: emerging choreographic orientations in new media forms.

Proposals for presentations/papers should be emailed in .doc/.docx format only to: | Deadline: Friday 30 June 2017.
(Note: submissions and discussion on format propositions in advance of this deadline date are welcomed.)

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include:

Title of Presentation
A maximum 300-word Abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how)
Preferred presentation format/approach
A short biography
Website links supporting proposal, where appropriate

15 Days left to submit your films
Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit for consideration screendance works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions should be made via the Light Moves page on Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 26 May 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to both established and student practitioners for works submitted via the Open Call. Full details, terms and conditions are available from

Works which will be considered include:
– Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration, to be presented in a cinematic context.
– Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration, to be presented in a cinematic context.
– Documentaries not exceeding 55 minutes.
– Student films in which the director and/or choreographer is a registered student on a course up to and including MA level.

In addition to films which embrace dance, submissions that reflect the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternative forms such as animation and computer modelling, will also be considered. While previously screened works are accepted, recent works will be given particular consideration in the selection process.

Filmmakers should note that, in 2017, Light Moves, in collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will be curating a selection of invited screendance installations. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation submissions via the Open Call.

Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, which produces Light Moves, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for film submissions for Light Moves. We were blown away by the beauty, creativity and imagination evident in last year’s submissions, so we can’t wait to see this year’s entries. This year we are using for the first time, so this should make submitting films very easy. We’re also delighted that Light Moves 2017 will again take place at the three city centre venues of Dance Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Belltable, Limerick”.

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival of dance on film and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film/screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival began in 2014 and showcases thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues and includes classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field. Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick, in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre), at University of Limerick. Light Moves is supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and the JP McManus Fund. See


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