Watch the Films from the Screendance Capstone 2020

02 July 2020 Published in News and Announcements

School of Dance Associate Professor Katrina McPherson is excited to be able share the completed short films created by the students on the Screendance Capstone: Advanced Theory and Production Course which she taught this past Spring semester. This course provides in-depth investigation, theory, and production of Screendance, and offers context and mentorship for the capstone project required for those pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Screendance through the Schools of Dance and of Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah. The course is also open to non-matriculating participants from outside the university who wish to deepen their screendance practice and knowledge. 

Details of and links to the new films are below. The films will be available to view on-line until 1st August 2020, afterwards they will bet taken down in order to allow the film-makers to distribute them widely to festivals and other venues. Anyone who is interested in hearing more about studying Screendance at the University of Utah should contact Katrina at .

Kim Brooks Mata is a dance artist, educator, and collaborator serving as the Head and Artistic Director of the Dance Program at UVA. She studied dance at The Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) in the Netherlands and at the University of Utah where she received her MFA in Modern Dance. As a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) her teaching, choreography, and performance coaching all rely heavily on her background in somatics. Common themes found in her teaching and creative work focus on the exploration of identity, relationality, and the mediated body through dance performance and choreography (both live and digital). Her live and screendance works have been presented both nationally and internationally. Her most recent film, traces, explores the following questions: What connects us to a place? To one another? What traces do we leave behind, and what do we take with us? Traces was made by Kim as part of her successful completion of the Screendance Capstone: Advanced Theory and Production course at the University of Utah in Spring 2020.

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tracesStill from Traces by Kim Brooks Mata, 2020. 

Carly Schaub lives in the Salt Lake City area and is adjunct faculty at SLCC and Westminster College’s dance programs.  She also serves on the board of directors for Deseret Experimental Opera, directs Dance Balletti (a Renaissance ballet performing ensemble) and graduated with an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2015. The screendance Holh was made as part of Carly's successful completion of the Screendance Capstone: Advanced Theory and Production course at the University of Utah in Spring 2020

"I came across the musical composition called “Holh” while working with Kelariz Keshavarz, a flutist whose own project is forming a collection Iranian contemporary music.  I was fascinated by this piece for solo flute by Nima A. Rowshan, because of the gasps for air written into the composition. I have worked with dance artist Allison Shir as an artistic partner for years, but have worked with Kelariz only for a couple of months. This Screendance film is a result of many conversations between myself, Kelariz, and Allison about life in the US, and Iran and collective experiences and calculated patience in being female.”

Watch HOLH
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Still from Holh by Carly Schaub, 2020.