Symposium on Teaching Screendance

Symposium on Teaching Screendance Durham, NC July 8, 9 & 10, 2015

The Symposium on Teaching Screendance is a two-day event designed to create foundational knowledge among those who teach screendance in academia, at international festivals, or anywhere students and artists gather to share their knowledge of the field. Through workshops and screenings, discussion, and writing, the participants will cover a broad range of approaches designed to facilitate a pedagogy of screendance.

This immersive symposium will cover historical, contemporary, and future directions in the field; it will combine practice and theory and situate screen dance in a postmodern framework that is interdisciplinary and attentive to shifting cultural values across the arts.

The symposium will be led by Douglas Rosenberg (USA) and Katrina McPherson (Scotland), artists whose work for the screen is internationally recognized and who also have individually published seminal books on the subject.

Program Fee: $275

Location: Duke University East Campus

Attendance is limited to 12 participants only, so apply early!

For more information about costs and accommodations, as well as directions for how to apply, please visit our website:

About the Symposium leaders:

Douglas Rosenberg has been making screendance and dance documentaries for over 25 years. His work for the screen has been continuously curated into 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 been active in shaping the discourse of the field through his published writing, the organization of conferences, founding of the long-standing ADF International Screendance Festival, the founding of the first international journal dedicated to screendance (for which he is the founding co-editor) and his book, from Oxford University Press, Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image which situates screendance in the wider discourse of the visual arts, performance, and film studies. 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 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, San Francisco Bay Area Dance Coalition. He has taught workshops on screendance around the world. Rosenberg is a professor of art at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the editor of the forthcoming (Oxford University Press) Handbook of Screendance Studies.

Katrina McPherson is an award-winning screendance artist, whose creative, academic, and educational work is at the forefront of her field. Katrina has filmed and directed many single and multi-screen works, which have had numerous screenings at venues and festivals world-wide. Her academic contributions include establishing a Screendance Msc course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland, and she is the sole author of the workbook ‘Making Video Dance’ (Routledge 2006), which is used as a core text in universities in Europe and the USA. Katrina has considerable experience teaching screendance and related subjects, both practical and academic, to a wide range of people, from the under 10′s to post-graduate level, and she has led workshops in the UK, Australia, Germany, China, and the USA.