Screendance Festival 2020

Screendance Poster 2020Featuring the work of internationally acclaimed dance filmmaker, author, and educator Katrina McPherson

Multiple Collaborators, including the University of Utah School of Dance, the Film & Media Arts Department, and Salt Lake Film Society, join forces to bring the films of Katrina McPherson, award-winning filmmaker and author, to Salt Lake City for film screenings, as art of a program of works form around the world, co-curated by Ms McPherson and retiring U of U Distinguished Professor, Ellen Bromberg

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MARCH 27-28, 2020.  – Salt Lake Film Society is pleased to present the work of award-winning dance filmmaker and author, Katrina McPherson at the Broadway Centre Cinemas on March 27 and 28. The Screendance Festival was founded and directed by Distinguished Professor Ellen Bromberg. Professor Bromberg says, “I am thrilled that this exciting collaboration between Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) and the University of Utah International Screendance Festival continues in 2020. We presented our first festival on campus in 1999 and did so regularly until 2018 when, through the support of SLFS we have been able to reach so many more members of the SLC community.”

In co-curating the programs this year Bromberg and McPherson have been interested in presenting works that bring viewers into new relationships with moving bodies and the cultures and communities in which they reside.  “The focus for Screendance ‘20 is the power of the camera as an empathetic partner that finds, meets and engages with diverse people and places, and introduces us to ideas beyond those of our own experiences,” say Bromberg and McPherson “In the films that we have sought out to make up the four Screendance ’20 programs, we see the camera as witness to a whole range of different lives and circumstances, telling unique stories, showing alternative spaces and populations and offering varied points of view.” Many of the works expand our notions of narrative, location and movement. “As an artform, screendance affords the experience of somatosensory storytelling, a deep language of the body told through the frame of cinema,” adds Bromberg.

Katrina McPherson is an international leader in the field of Screendance, a genre of film that merges the art forms of choreography and cinema. One of the first generation of hybrid screen dance artists, Katrina McPherson’s creative, scholarly and educational work is at the forefront of the international field. Katrina trained as a dancer and choreographer at Laban, London before going on to do post-graduate studies in video art. Over the past three decades, Katrina has collaborated with many international dancers, choreographers and artists, and her single, multi-screen and on-line works have been presented at venues and festivals world-wide. Katrina has also had a career as a successful director of arts documentaries, making films for the BBC and Channel 4. A much sought-after teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator, Katrina has taught the theory, history and practice of screen dance and dance improvisation in the UK, Australia, Germany, USA, Canada and China and she is the sole author of the text book Making Video Dance, which was published by Routledge in 2006, with e Second Edition being released in 2018. (

On March 27 and 28 in Salt Lake City, audiences will have opportunities to see a selection of  collaborative Ms. McPherson’s work in each screening, along with selected films from around the world. In addition to screenings of McPherson’s films, which feature, as performers and collaborators, dance artists from Tibet, Australia, Quebec, the USA and Ethiopia as well as the UK, Screendance ‘20 will also present dance films by emerging and established artists from Australia, Argentina, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, and more.

SLFS President/CEO Tori Baker says, “The freshness and particular artistry of Screendance as a genre of filmmaking, brings something new and fascinating to cinema. As an arts non-profit, we love sharing this unique set of films with our audiences.”

Screendance has been an integral part of the University of Utah since 1999 when the Department of Modern Dance presented its first International Dance for Camera Festival and Workshop. Since then, Professor Bromberg has hosted visiting artists and scholars from around the globe to screen their films, teach workshops and engage in symposia. The Graduate Certificate in Screendance at the University of Utah, inaugurated in 2010, is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the then Modern Dance Department and the Film & Media Arts Department. This program provides professional level production courses with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as movement and theory classes. It is the only university program of its kind.

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The Screendance ‘20 schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 27

7:00pm  Pre-screening discussion with Katrina McPherson and Tori Baker (SLFS Director)
7:30pm Program I          Widening Landscapes
                                       Films from Cuba, UK, US 
Saturday, March 28

5:30pm Program II         International and Student Experimental Shorts
                                       Brief Prescreening Intro
                                       Films from Australia, Mexico, Cuba, US
7:00pm Program III        Somewhere Only We Go -– Inner Landscapes 
                                       Brief Prescreening Intro
                                       Films from Argentina, Israel/Netherlands, Mexico, UK UK/India
8:30pm Program IV       Who I am – Sensation, Memory, Identity
                                       Brief Prescreening Intro
                                       Films from Ethiopia UK, Iran, Germany/Turkey, US


Download the full schedule here

History of Screendance @ the U

In 1999 the Department of Modern Dance presented its first International Dance for Camera Festival and Workshop. Founded and Directed 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. 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, throughout these years, Professor Bromberg has curated screenings that range from historical works to the most contemporary innovations in film, video and animation.*

In 2001, in conjunction with the Festival, a student competition was inaugurated. As a completely student run event (funded by College Fine Arts Fee Grants), this component has been adjudicated by professional dance filmmakers, educators and festival producers over the years, providing students with an opportunity to learn about the jury process. In recent years, a cash award for the Best of Festival was inaugurated.

*Support for these activities has been generously provided by: The Council of Dee Fellows, the University Teaching Committee, the College of Humanities, the Tanner Humanities Center, the University of Utah Office for Diversity, the Department of Film & Media Arts, and the School of Dance





Interdisciplinary Workshop featuring Thierry de Mey de mey hands resampled 11x17

Don’t miss a unique opportunity to work with this internationally acclaimed filmmaker, composer and interdisciplinary artist. De Mey will be in residence in the College of Fine Arts presenting formal strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration. Come collaborate with your CFA colleagues!

“De Mey’s instinctive feel for movementguides his entire work, allowing him to tackle and integrate a variety of disciplines. The premise behind his musical and filmic writing is the desire for rhythm to be experienced in the body or bodies, revealing the musical meaning for the author, performer and audience.

De Mey composes a choreography on choreography; he produces a work of creation by sublimating that of its partners. The image naturally involves music and dance in his creative process, giving his art the sense of a three-strand plait.  Everything shifts with DeMey, especially boundaries.

...From great vividness to nebulous atmospheres, each new opus from Thierry De Mey – be it film, composition or installation – represents a particular study of moving bodies. In their own way each one tells the magical story of time unfolding and man wrapped up in it.

                                                                                                                                 Camille Guynemer
, April 2011
                                                                                                                                 In special ‘Mouvement’ supplement dedicated to Thierry De Mey

On the Marriott Center for Dance Stage March 5 - 8 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm 
Free for UofU students and faculty
Contact Ellen Bromberg, , for further information and regsitration.


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March 9 & 10, 2018 - The University of Utah School of Dance, Department of Film & Media Arts, and Salt Lake Film Society are pleased to announce their first collaboration for the 2018 International Screendance Festival presenting the films of internationally renowned Belgian dance filmmaker and composer, Thierry De Mey.


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Contact Ellen Bromberg for further information.

Screendance Workshop

Along with an opening night celebration and screening of his work at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, De Mey will offer a two-day public workshop at the University of Utah for filmmakers, photographers, choreographers, dancers, composers, and visual artists. 

The workshop will take place at the Marriott Center for Dance stage.
Saturday March 10 | 9am - 4pm
Sunday March 11 | 10am - 5pm
                                       6pm - 9pm: Closing Night Dinner


General: $300 for the entire weekend including screenings
Student: $200 for the entire weekend including screenings
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit


Contact Ellen Bromberg for further information.


The Films

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A Study In Choreography For The Camera, Directed by Maya Deren,

      Choreographed and Performed by Talley Beatty

9 Variations On A Dance Theme, Directed by Hilary Harris
     Choreographed and Performed by Betty De Jong

Blue Studio, Merce by Merce by Paik , Directed by Nam June Paik
     Choreographed and Performed by Merce Cunningham

The Black Boots, Directed by Bridget Murnane
     Choreographed and Performed by Jeanine Durning

, Directed by Kevin Cottam
     Choreographed and Performed by David Pressault

, Directed by Douglas Rosenberg
     Choreographed and Performed by Molissa Fenley

de l’eau, Directed by Douglas Rosenberg
     Choreographed and Performed by Li Chiao-Ping

Emmy, Directed by Daniel Larrieu
     Choreographed and Performed by Daniel Larrieu

Outside In, Directed by Margaret Williams
     Choreographed by Victoria Marks

Mothers and Daughters, Directed by Margaret Williams
      Choreographed by Victoria Marks

Dance in the Sun, Directed by Shirley Clark
      Choreographed and Performed by Daniel Nagrin

Untitled, Directed by John Sanborn and Mary Perillo
     Choreographed and Performed by Bill T Jones

Dance Nine, Directed by Doris Chase

Barber's Coffee Break, Directed by Laura Taler
     Performed by Tedd Senmon Robinson

Glasshouse, Directed by Robert Hardy
      Conceived and Performed by Richard Lowdon and Charlotte Vincent

DaDance, Directed by Robb Horsley and Hugh Wheadon
      Choreographed by Hugh Wheadon and Emmie Elmaz

Sure, Directed by T.B. Mitchell
      Choreographed by T.B. Mitchell


elegyElegy, Dir. By Chris Graves

 First Evening-– September 28th

“A Dedication To Anna Sokolow”
This evening is dedicated to the work and memory of choreographer Anna Sokolow, who died earlier this year. Sokolow contributed to the world of modern dance for nearly seven decades. Her renegade spirit and ground breaking choreography has and will continue to influence generations of artists and dance enthusiasts. The classic film of Sokolow’s signature work “Rooms” will be screened, along with Shirley Clarke’s film of Sokolow’s “Moment in Love”. Set to the music of Kenyon Hopkins and produced by WNET Television, “Rooms” depicts the loneliness and alienation of modern man, and is considered an enduring masterpiece of twentieth-century art. In Sokolow’s “Moment in Love,” performed by Carmela Gutierrez and Paul Sanasardo, Ms. Clarke utilizes inventive film techniques to further the expression of romantic love, poetically captured in Sokolow’s choreography. The screening will be followed by a discussion and an opening night reception.

Second Evening – September 29th

“Images Of Men Dancing”
Boy, Directed by Peter Anderson and Rosemary Lee

Emmy, Directed and Performed by Daniel Larrieu

Hands, Directed by Adam Roberts
     Performed by Jonathon Burrows

Elegy, Directed by Chris Graves
     Choreographed and Performed by Douglas Wright

Barber's Coffee Break, Directed by Laura Taler
     Performed by Tedd Senmon Robinson

Bruce, Directed by Ruth Sergel
     Choreographed and Performed by Bruce Jackson

Tantalus, Directed by Kevin Cottam
     Choreographed and Performed by David Pressault

Man Act, Directed by Michael Stubbs Men, Directed by Margaret Williams
     Choreographed by Victoria Marks

Men, Directed by Margaret Williams
     Choreographed by Victoria Marks

Third Evening – September 30th

“Diverse Works”
Pas De Deux, Directed by Norman McLaren
     Performed by Margaret Mercier and Vincent Warren

Office Furniture, Directed by Rebecca Salzer

Echo, Directed by Mark Baldwin and Ross MacGibbon

Little Lieutenant, Directed by Henry Hills and Sally Silvers

A Sun Dance, Directed by Dikayl

Periphery, Directed by Douglas Rosenberg
     Choreographed by Gus Solomons Jr. and Performed by Li Chaio-Ping

Eterne Sangui, Directed by Sven Johansson

Synchro, Directed by Eric Koziol

Witnessed, Directed by Allen Kaeja and Mark Adam

Wake Up Call, Directed and Performed by Pooh Kaye



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PROGRAM A - Dance Screen on Tour


Birds, Directed by David Hinton

Short Cut, Directed by Jellie Dekker
      Choreographed by Hans van Manen, Performed by Nederlands Dance Theater

Zummel, Directed by Allen Kaeja and Mark Adam
      Choreographed by Allen Kaeja, Performed by Kaeja d’Dance

Captives 2nd Movement, Directed and Choreographed by Nicole and Norbert Corsino

Moment, Directed by Katrina McPherson
      Choreographed by Paula Hampson

Zikr, Directed by Jos de Putter, Clara van Gool



A devastatingly simple guide, Directed by Laura Taler

Measure, Directed by Gaelen Hanson and Dayna Hanson Performed by Dayna Hanson and John Dixon

Memento Mori, Directed by Frank Kresin
     Choreographed by Yusuf Daniels

In the Heart of the Eye, Directed by Margie Medlin
      Choreographed by Sandra Parker

21 Etudes a Danser, Directed by Thierry De Mey
      Choreographed by Michele Anne de Mey

PROGRAM C - The Next Generation


Maira Spangherd, Catholic University of Sao Paulo

Christopher Anderson, California Institute of the Arts

Lily Gene Baldwin, University of Michigan

Michael Cole, Arizona State University

Melissa Weigel, Concordia University

Nic Kemp and Avis Cockbill, University of Brighton
United Kingdom

Carrie L. Houser, Ohio State University

Melissa Lynn Strzelinski, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Mario Jaramillo, University of Houston

Adriana Daniela Pegorer, University College Chichester
United Kingdom

Claudia Alessi, West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Conan University

Paula Giannetti, CIEVYG

Thomas O'Hare, De Montfort University, Department of Performing Arts
United Kingdom


Guest Artists Douglas Rosenberg, Victoria Marks, Naomi Jackson, Keynote Speaker Ann Daly, Esther Rashkin

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Guest Artist Laura Taler

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Guest Artist Katrina McPherson

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Guest Artist Simon Fildes

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10th International University of Utah Screendance Festival: VideoDanza! with award winning Argentinian Dance Filmmaker Silvina Szperling Plus Special Guest of Honor, Screendance Artist and Scholar Douglas Rosenberg

This year, 2015, in celebration of our Tenth Festival, we are pleased to host Silvina Szperling (Argentina) who will be presenting Videodanza! - An Evening of Screendance from Latin America. For more information on Ms. Szperling’s residency and the Tenth Anniversary celebration, view the tabs below.

Support for this year’s festival was generously provided by the University Teaching Committee.

Silvina Szperling Residency

Videodanza PosterVideodanza! will run September 28 - October 2, 2015 and welcomes Ms. Silvina Szperling, 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.

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 choreographers include Carla Schillagi, David Farías, M. Fernanda Vallejos, Mariano Ramis, Andrea Servera, Karin Idelson, Claudia Sánchez, Néstor “Polaco” Pastorive, and more.

Friday Oct 2 ,7:30pm Dumke 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, Festival Director, Ellen Bromberg and Special Guest Douglas Rosenberg

The Films


Thursday Oct 1, 2:30-3:30pm, Student Union Auditorium (U of U Campus)

  • PH - Propiedad Horizontal: Carla Schillagi/David Farías/M.Fernanda Vallejos, 10 min, Argentina, 2008
  • TAO: Cayetana Vidal/Sofía Mazza/Diego Poblete, 11 min, Argentina, 2013
  • CHÁMAME: Susana y Silvina Szperling, 9 min, Argentina, 2008
  • DANZA PARA SIMETRIAS: Mariano Ramis, 3 min, Argentina, 2005
  • EL ESCAPE: Marilén Iglesias Breuken/Grupo Krapp, 7:30min, Argentina/Francia, 2005
  • ARCANO: Claudia Sánchez/Néstor “Polaco” Pastorive, 12 min, Argentina, 2010
  • PLEXO SOLAR: Selva Lecot, 13 min, Argentina, 2014
  • THE SWAN VS THE SPIDER: Pablo Rodríguez Jáuregui/Gerardo Agudo, 3 min, Argentina, 2003
  • UNA TOMA: Rodrigo Pardo, 6 min, Argentina/Holanda, 2006
  • LA VUELTA DEL MALÓN - Ángel Della Valle: Andrea Servera/Karin Idelson, 4:28 min, Argentina, 2013


Friday Oct 2 ,7:30pm Dumke Auditorium, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts

  • MONTEVIDEOAKI: Octavio Iturbe/Hiroaki Umeda, 5 min, España/Uruguay/México/Japón, 2005
  • EL BESO - Auguste Rodin: Andrea Servera/Karin Idelson, 4:41 min, Argentina, 2013
  • PANAL: Tristana Castilla, 4 min, España/Cuba, 2010
  • PARTIDA: Luiz Bizerril/Alexandre Veras/Ernesto Gadelha, 13 min, Brasil, 2007
  • MARAVILLOSALANDIA: Máximo Álvarez Vélez/Ángela Benálcazar, 4:18 min, Ecuador, 2009
  • VIVIR ES VIVIR: Luis Ernesto Doñas, 3 min, Cuba, 2010
  • DESNUDAMENTO DAS PAIXOES: Alice Ripoll, 5 min, Brasil, 2010
  • ESPORAS: Noemí Vega, 8 min, Paraguay, 2009
  • COMUNION: Karin Idelson/Andrea Servera, 10 min, Argentina, 2009

Artist Biographies

Silvina Szperling

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvina Szperling has choreographed since the ‘80s, both for the stage and site-specific pieces. In 1993 she made her first videodance Temblor, which received the “Best Editing” Prize in Argentina and is held at the New York Public Library’s Dance Collection.

In 1995 she founded the International Festival VideoDanzaBA and is founding member of Latin American Forum of Videodance. VideoDanzaBA will celebrate its 20th. Anniversary in 2015, and it’s the oldest screendance festival in Latin America.

Szperling currently teaches at the Arts Criticism Department at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte), in Buenos Aires. She has been intensively teaching seminars and workshops through Argentina and Latin America for the last 10 years. Highlights are the Cinema School at San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and the Federal Program of Videodance, which has covered in 2014 the remote regions of Patagonia, NOA (North West) and NEA (North East), giving access to screendance tools to artists and students who live distant to the main cities of the country.

Silvina contributed articles to publications of the screendance field, such as Envisioning dance on Film and Video (UCLA/Routledge, NY-London) and The International Journal of Screendance (University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA/University of Brighton, UK), and is co-editor of Terpsícore en ceros y unos. Ensayos de Videodanza (Guadalquivir, Buenos Aires, 2010) the first book published in Spanish on this field.

She has also written as a dance critic for newspapers such as Página/12 (Buenos Aires), La Opinión (Los Angeles) and Dance Magazine (USA). Her videodance piece Chámame (2008) was awarded First Prize at “La mujer y el cine” contest, Third Prize at “La noche del cortometraje” (Buenos Aires), Best Performance Prize at festival Tápias (Rio de Janeiro), and First Prize in its category at “Cinedans/IMZ” (Amsterdam). It has been broadcast through TV Catalunya (Spain), NRK (Norway), ZDF (Germany), INCAAtv (Argentina) and the online channel Tendue TV (USA). Silvina is currently working on a feature documentary film about the experimental filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch (“Reflejo Narcisa / Narcisa Reflex”, working title).

Douglas Rosenberg

Douglas Rosenberg combines multi-disciplinary practice and theory. His work for the screen has been continuously curated into the most significant exhibition venues in the field, both nationally and internationally and he has been recognized with numerous awards, grants and fellowships.

As a scholar, Professor Rosenberg has brought attention to the field of screendance and has been active in shaping the discourse of the field through his published writing, the organization of conferences, founding of a long-standing international screendance festival, the founding of the first international journal dedicated to screendance (for which he is the founding editor). And his book, from Oxford University Press, Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image, is the first book of its kind, situating screendance in the wider discourse of the visual arts, performance and film studies. He is also the founding director of The Conney Project on Jewish Arts at UW’s Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.

Recent exhibition of his work (juried or curated) include: Lincoln Center, NY, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, Manipur, India, Findhorn, Scotland, Sao Paulo, Brazil, London, England, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and China. Recent peer reviewed publications and conference papers/presentations include TDR Journal from MIT Press, a lecture at National Museum of Jewish History, Philadelphia, the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, Stanford, CA and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Forthcoming is an essay in an edited volume on screendance from Danca em Foco in Brazil. He has received the James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation and funded by the James D. Phelan Trust an EMMY Nomination: (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences), for Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Program, Single Entertainment, Program or Series for his Five Dance Films About Place, two nominations and one Isadora Duncan Award (IZZY) for Singing Myself a Lullaby (with Ellen Bromberg), San Francisco Bay Area Dance Coalition.

Professor Rosenberg has received numerous prestigious national and international awards, grants and fellowships for his work and he has been cited in a variety of journals, books and other publications. His next book, The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Douglas Rosenberg is Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ellen Bromberg

Ellen Bromberg is a choreographer, filmmaker, media designer, curator and educator. A former dancer and choreographer with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater, she has received numerous awards for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, a Bonnie Bird American Choreographer Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the George Soros Foundation, among others. She has also been honored with a Pew National Dance/Media Fellowship, a UC Berkeley Townsend Humanities Fellowship, and two UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Awards.

Ellen’s screen works have been presented on public television stations, online channels, and at numerous national and international dance film festivals including Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans Amsterdam, VideoDanza, Buenos Aires, and Dance Camera Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, to name just a few. Recent work focuses on the integration of media in performance and she has designed video for stage and installations in her own work and in collaboration with other choreographers and media artists including Della Davidson, Pat Graney, Zvi Gotheiner, Deborah Hay, Stephen Koester, Victoria Marks, Douglas Rosenberg, Doug Varone among others.

A frequent guest artist, Ms. Bromberg has been in residence at numerous colleges, universities and organizations throughout the country, Europe and Canada, and she has been of service to the field for state arts agencies and foundations, as well as providing essays and articles to print and online publications.

A Professor at the University of Utah, and recipient of a 2012 Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award, Ellen is the founding director of the International Dance Screendance Festival, which began in 1999. She was the founding director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology and she has also designed the first Graduate Certificate in Screendance, in collaboration with the Department of Film and Media Arts.