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VideoDanza! 10th International UofU Screendance Festival features films from Latin America

21 September 2015 Published in News and Announcements

The University of Utah’s Departments of Modern Dance, Film & Media Arts and the Center for Latin American Studies have announced the 10th International Screendance Festival, VideoDanza! Screendance from Latin America. The Festival consists of two free events with different films shown at each screening.

Founded in 1999 by Distinguished Professor Ellen Bromberg, the festival was an annual event until 2002, after which it has continued on a bi-annual or tri-annual basis. Throughout these years Professor Bromberg has hosted visiting artists and scholars from across the country and around the globe to screen their films, teach workshops and engage in symposia and critical analysis of this hybrid art form. Guests have included Douglas Rosenberg (the first four festivals), Victoria Marks, Ann Daly, Naomi Jackson, Brian Patrick (Dept. of Film & Media Arts) Bob Lockyer (England) Laura Taler (Canada), Katrina McPherson (Scotland), Simon Fildes (Scotland). In addition, Professor Bromberg has curated screenings that range from historical works to the most contemporary innovations in film, video and animation.

Videodanza! will run September 28 - October 2, 2015 and welcomes Ms. Silvina Szperling, award-winning Argentinian dance filmmaker, curator, journalist, and Professor at Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) in Buenos Aires. During the week of Ms. Szperling’s residency, she will teach classes including Screendance, (Dance & Film & Media Arts) Spanish Literary Theory (Languages & Literature/Center for Latin American Studies), and more.

“Through these classes Ms. Szperling will illuminate the nature of cultural difference as practiced in the field of screendance, and will clarify and articulate the many ways in which dance, screendance and the arts in general provide a different dimension of understanding to students in a variety of academic disciplines,” said Bromberg.

Free Public Screenings

Thursday Oct 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Student Union Auditorium(U of U Campus)
A screening of shorts from throughout Argentina including CHÁMAME, the award winning film directed by Ms. Szperling and performed by sister Susana Szperling. Filmmakers and choreographersinclude Carla Schillagi, David Farías, M. Fernanda Vallejos, Mariano Ramis, Andrea Servera, Karin Idelson, Claudia Sánchez, Néstor “Polaco” Pastorive, and more …

Friday Oct 2 ,7:30pmDumke Auditorium, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts
An evening of contemporary screendance shorts from throughout Latin America including Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with Silvina Szperling, Douglas Rosenberg and Festival Director, Ellen Bromberg.

All screenings are free and open to the public.