Dance Film Workshop, Simona Deaconescu

Atelier Dance Film

This workshop is the first from a series of interdisciplinary workshops called I.D.M.P.A (Innovative Directions in Multimedia and Performing Arts ).

The workshop proposes the exploration of theoretical and practical knowledge of experimental dance film, a genre which is known as cine-dance, video dance, dance for the camera, screendance. During this workshop we will learn the basics involved in the creation of a choreography for the camera as well as cinematographic notions (framing, camera angles, lighting, camera movement, editing etc.), presented in a practical way on a filmed dance material. The students will learn to make a shooting script, to plan a shooting and to handle a camera and an audio recording system. All this exercises will be explored in the work-room in such a way that each theoretical aspect can be understood through practice. During the workshop the students will be encouraged to either create a new choreography for a movie or adapt an existing one. Those who don’t have dance experience can choose to film and direct a movement material created by their colleagues. The students will work in groups with the purpose of creating a one-shot dance film of one minute.

In cinematography, a one-shot movie implies a shooting with no pauses of the apparatus and no cutting in the post-production. This means that the director has to make up a very precise plan of the shooting mode and the camera movement, the only intervention possible in the editing being the realization of the soundtrack either by adding music or sounds in post-production or by recording sound on location.

The process of realizing the film will be discussed and applied during the courses at WASP and the shooting will take place in an exterior environment. The students will work in organized groups from the first classes in such a way that each one will have the possibility to shoot, dance for the camera or do both, depending on their personal desires. At the end, each one will present a dance film directed by himself or in collaboration with another colleague. The maximum number of co-creators of one movie is three. We encourage interdisciplinary collaborations between performers, movie makers and composers.

The organizers provide access to the devices needed for the development of the courses and the final presentation ( camera, sound recording system, lights, video projectors, computer and soft for editing) as well as access to the media library. The students can bring materials and personal devices. The coordinator of the workshop will invite specialists from the field who will facilitate the improvement of the technical and practical abilities of the students.


  • Envisioning Dance on Film and Video – Judy Mitoma, Elizabeth Zimmer, Dale Ann Stieber
  • Making Video Dance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dance for the Screen – Katrina McPherson
  • Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image – Douglas Rosenberg
  • Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image – Erin Brannigan
  • Broken Screen: Expanding The Image, Breaking The Narrative – Doug Aitken, Noel Daniel
  • Maya Deren: Incomplete Control (Film and Culture Series) – Sarah Keller
  • A History of Experimental Film and Video – A.L. Rees
  • Experimental Filmmaking: Break the Machine – Kathryn Ramey
  • Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions (Short Cuts) – Michael O’Pray
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Film – David Parkinson
  • Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker – Stan Brakhage
  • Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors – Laurent Tirard
  • Films of Yvonne Rainer (Theories of Representation and Difference) – Yvonne Rainer

The organizers provide access to printed English versions of the books listed above. WASP – Working Art Space and Production also offers for playback dance films which made history and contemporary pieces presented in festivals across Europe and USA. Part of the movies will be projected and discussed during the Monday meetings, on March 9 and March 16 from 19h. The students will receive a list of the available movies from WASP Media Lab.

Useful information:

Workshop Dates:

  • Saturdays: March 14 | 15:00 – 17:00; March 21, 28, April 4 | 15:00 – 19:00
  • Wednesdays: March 18, 25, April 1,8 | 18:00 – 22:00

Special Activities Dates:

  • March 23, 30 : dance films view and discussions | 19:00 – 21:00
  • April 5 : exterior shootings | 8:00 – 20:00
  • April 6,7 : selection and editing at WASP | flexible schedule 10:00 – 18:00
  • April 9: PUBLIC PRESENTATION | 19:00 – 20:00

Enrollment tax: 450 LEI.
Enrollment tax for students: 300 LEI
Payment will be made in the first day of class.
It is possible for payments to be done in two installments: 50% in the first day of class, 50% in the 4th day of class.

The number of participants is limited.

Who can participate?

The workshops are addressed to performers and creators from the field of performing arts (dance, theater, puppetry, performance etc.), visual art and music, as well as students and emerging artists. The course is open for self-learning persons, with no specialty studies, but which are interested in experimenting or specializing through an alternative system of professional development.

Registration: with email subject DANCE FILM Workshop Registration. Please add in the body of the mail, in maximum 10 lines, your interests in the field of performing arts, visual art or music and, if it is the case, the experiences you had in these fields. The participation is not restricted in any way by studies or experience, this information being relevant only for an efficient lay-out of the group.

Deadline: March 11, 2015.

See what is I.D.M.P.A and all the workshops here.

Simona Deaconescu | BIO

Simona Deaconescu studied choreography and film direction in parallel, her aesthetic approach being interdisciplinary and inspired by performers with special abilities and bold ideas.

Simona is the artistic director of the Tangaj Dance collective and has created some of the most courageous choreographic pieces in the Romanian contemporary dance scene of the past two years: “0001 | the dream factory”, “Silent Places” and “0002 | birdville”, as parts of a serial project that researches dance in relationship with technological development. In the summer of 2014, Simona received one of the most coveted European scholarships, the danceWEB scholarship offered by the Life Long Burning network in the frame of ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival Vienna and two artistic residences: one at WASP — Working Art Space and Production, offered by 4 Culture and finalized with a public presentation(“Dispatched), and one in the New York studios of Battery Dance Company, to complete the making of the Birdville choreographic interactive extravaganza, with a joint team of Romanian and American dancers, a show presented in the frame of eXplore dance festival #9.

Her desire to combine dance and film took shape in 2013, through the making of the Silent Places short, which enjoys a broad distribution at worldwide festivals of the genre. The film had its European premiere at “Loikka Dance Film Festival” (FIN), opened the “POOL – International TanzFilmPlattform” (DE), was projected as part of “The European Film Festival” (RO), “International Screendance Festival” (USA), “Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema” (USA), “Ammutinamenti Film Festival” (IT), TanzFilmPlattform (DE), San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SUA), Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (RO), Leeds International Film Festival (UK). The film received an honorable mention prize at San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Until 2013, when her attention was directed entirely toward the development of an interdisciplinary artistic collective, Simona was a co-founder of the “Secția de Coregrafie” (The Choreography Department Association), along which she realized projects like “DNA” (the first online dance magazine dedicated to choreography arts) and “Dance District” (a curatorial program dedicated to the young generation of choreographers and performers). Simona is actively involved in the development of contemporary art and is preoccupied by dissolving the barriers between various artistic approaches, in the fall of 2014 being part of the X Platform team (a new media arts exhibition, held at WASP — Working Art Space and Production).

Simona participates in workshops with both local and international choreographers, deepening innovative dance techniques and ways to stimulate creativity alongside Anne-Marie Cunningham, Ivonne Ramos, Natașa Murariu, Konstantin Mihos, Anna Wehsarg, Mat Voorter, Yael Orni, Kira Kirsch, Gerald Kurdian, Bruno Caverna, Ko Murobushi, David Wampach, Chris Haring, Doris Uhlich, Alva Noe, Saju Hari, Laura Aris, German Juaregui.

She started choreographing at 21, realizing the university projects: “Time Quartet” (an adaptation after Requiem, by Hanoch Levin), a project realized under the high patronage of the Royal House, “Alice in Lies Land”, presented at CNDB and at the “Ludovic Spiess” Experimental Studio for Opera and Ballet of the Romanian Opera in Bucharest, for which she receives the prize for the best choreographer at the UNATC Graduating Gala, as well as her masters piece, “here_somewhere”. She realized the choreography for the “Omega Rose” feature film (directed by: Alexandru Dorobanțu), the “Maia” short (directed by: Adela Cotimanis) and the “1940” personal experiment (supported by Media Pro Pictures studios), collaborating in parallel as a screenwriter with the Media Pro and Intact Media trusts.

At the invitation of curator Igor Mocanu, she realizes a choreographic lab in 2014 – “Border Body” (presented at the Allegra Nomad Gallery), along some of the most beloved performers in Bucharest, as well as the visual artist Dilmana Yordanova. Currently, Simona focuses on developing the Tangaj Dance collective.

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