The International Screendance Symposium will take place at UW-Madison from April 10-13

April 8, 2022

State of the Art: The 2022 International Symposium on Screendance will be hosted at UW-Madison from April 10-13, with events taking place primarily in the Margaret H’Doubler performance space at Lathrop Hall (1050 University Avenue).

The symposium, led by UW-Madison Professor of Art Douglas Rosenberg, will focus on hot topics in the field of screendance, including but not limited to the feminist roots of screendance, landscape generational and evolutionary critique of the field, the decolonization of screendance, race and gender in screendance, intersectionality and facilitation of new ways of knowing the cinematic body, and mapping of the literature of the field. All events are free and open to the public

In 2000, UW-Madison organized the first-ever International Symposium of Dance for the Camera, which for the past 20 years has been a worldwide benchmark in the field. It was a historic gathering that attracted not only scholars and practitioners of the genre, but also choreographers and video/film makers from around the world, including Latin America, the UK, Europe and beyond. In addition to generating dialogue on the history and theory of the field, the symposium included panel discussions, lectures, and a screening of selected dance films and videos from around the world. It also provided a generational bridge to the future of the art form. As an extension of the symposium, a number of participants took the experience back to their own communities and continued to nurture the field through classes, festivals, workshops and other forms of audience building.

Since that time, the field has grown exponentially. There have been many international gatherings and symposia, new festivals and screening opportunities – and new voices have emerged through both scholarship and practice. There is an International Journal of Screendance (founded at UW–Madison) and books, articles, and chapters that focus on the practice in multiple languages. As the field has evolved over the past two decades, now is a great time to bring together interdisciplinary artists and practitioners, scholars, and historians to share new research in the field and continue to build a welcoming international community.

For more information, including a schedule and registration, visit screendancesymposium.art.wisc.edu, or follow the symposium on Instagram for updates.

The 2022 International Symposium on Screendance is generously supported by the Virginia Horne Henry Fund and is co-sponsored by the Art Department and the Dance Department of the School of Education. Promotional support is provided by the UW-Madison Division of the Arts.

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