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Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call for Papers and Presentations for festival 2016



Pictured above: Ruth Way, presenting at Light Moves 2015 –  Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call

Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call for Papers and Presentations for its third international Screendance Symposium, which takes place during Light Moves, 3-6 November 2016, in Limerick.

The symposium aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Closing date is Thursday 7 July. 

Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for maximum 20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome.




The theme for the 2016 symposium is Identity in Focus – Body, Site and Frame.  It invites considerations on the nature of identity in the fields of screendance, film, dance and media and their relationship to wider fields of study in the context of this theme.

Papers and project presentations may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Urban and rural identities, boundaries and borders; Identity (per) forming, age, gender and culture, Contexts, fluid possibilities; Landscapes: environmental and geo-political; Seeing screendance, identifying with, identity beyond; Dancing in the frame; Our identity in relation | otherness; Embodying history: renewal, appropriation, archive; Locating bodies in fragmented space and time; Bodies, galleries and cinematic works exhibited; Identity in sound and site; Image identity, movement identity.

Proposals for presentations or papers should be emailed to the address following this article. Deadline for submissions is Thursday 7 July 2016. Submissions in advance of the deadline date are welcome.  Proposals should be submitted in .doc or .docx format only.

Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call

Pictured: Dr Frances Hubbard, presenting at Light Moves 2014 – Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call


Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include: Presentation title, 300 word abstract, to include a brief description of the questions, concepts and topics to be explored, Preferred presentation format or approach, AV requirements, Website links to support the proposal, where appropriate and a short biography and high resolution headshot (jpeg) of applicant should be included.




Announcing the Open Call Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re very excited to announce this year’s Open Call for papers and presentations for the Light Moves Screendance Symposium. The symposium is a wonderful opportunity for screendance practitioners to investigate this exciting art form at a deep level and to share ideas and reflections with their peers from all over the world. For the last two years, we have been really impressed with the high standard of presentation from around the globe and two excellent keynote addresses from Douglas Rosenberg (US) in 2014 and Claudia Kappenberg (UK) in 2015.  We’re very much looking forward to the responses to this year’s theme Identity in Focus – Body, Site and Frame.  Those interested in submitting proposals should note our slightly earlier deadline and be sure to have their ideas with us by Thursday 7 July”.

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film and screendance in Ireland and internationally. The festival combines screenings, invited works, open submissions and through a screendance lab and symposium explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.  Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick.  The festival is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council. 

Light Moves Screendance Symposium announces Open Call and welcomes all proposals.

Proposals for presentations or papers should be emailed to [email protected]

Further details are available here

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