The Student Experience

On this page we will be capturing the student experience of studying on this pioneering screendance course. There will be course highlights, recent blog posts, images and videos.

Articles and Blogs: 

Here is a blog post written by Suzanne Frost on 19 Nov 2018 where the first students on our brand new MA Screendance course talk about their learning experience.

"Jo is currently doing an MA in Screendance at the London Contemporary Dance School – the only course of it’s kind to exist worldwide. Working with industry professionals, she is helping to develop Frame Rush: A Place for Screendance, a two-day festival in London in March 2019." Read Village Raw's full interview here

Course highlights so far: 

March 15 & 16 2019 the postgraduate students ran Frame Rush: A Place for Screendance, which was a two-day festival at The Place showcasing dance films from across the world, Q&As and panel discussions. Frame Rush celebrated screendance as an audio-visual form at the cutting edge of artistic innovation. With over 2,000 applicants and two days of sold out screenings, the festival was a great success and huge highlight for the cohort. 

On 6 Nov 2018, the MA in Screendance students had a session with renowned choreographer Anthony Van Laast. Anthony shared many insights from his experience choreographing for big budget productions, such as Beauty and the Beast (2018), Mamma Mia (2008 and 2018) and orders, as well as his transition from being a London Contemporary Dance Theatre performer to choreographing for musicals and films. In March 2019, Anthony will give a lecture demonstration at The Place Theatre to fund raise for the Peggy Hawking Scholarchip Fund and the MA in Screendance students will work with Anthony in creating a new piece specially for the occasion.

On 6th November 2018, MA in Screendance students and their lecture Gabriela Tropia went on a field trip across Bloomsbury and Soho. The first stop was Tavistock Square, where the students were giving a short brief to work in groups. They were asked to create a quick choreographic and filmic response to some of the commemorative memorials that populate that Square. The students had tackled delicate and complex themes (such as 7/7 Bombing and Conscientious Objectors) within a short period of time, while also practising camerawork, composition and choreography for the screen. After Tavistock Square the group set off in the direction of the Photographers' Gallery in Soho. Along the way, the students were taking photographs and creating short clips of pedestrian movement they witnessed on the busy London streets. At the Photographers' Gallery, they had the opportunity to visit the exhibition 'All I know is what’s on the Internet' - "it investigates the systems through which today’s photographic images multiply online and asks what new forms of value, knowledge, meaning and labour arise from this endless (re)circulation of content." Read more on the exhibition here.