Artists Presentations. Part 1

LET’S HEAR IT FROM THE ARTISTS 2021 Artists Presentations. Part 1

Curated by Simon Fildes and Iliyana Nedkova

Scotland’s festival of dance on screen est 2016. In partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen since 2021

This is the first of four curated programmes of UK and international artists presentations selected from the open call to the 2021 festival.

Each presentation offers an opportunity to delve deeper into the artists’ practice through a livestream of a pre-recorded presentation and is followed by a live Q&A. Some of the artists prefer to include their dance films in the presentation, whilst others focus on wider issues. Often the films talked about also compete for the 2021 UK or International Jury Awards.

Can’t make it to these 2021 sessions? All artists’ presentations will be uploaded here, on this website, soon after their premiere alongside a growing resource of artists presentations from our earlier festival editions.

Simon Fildes and Iliyana Nedkova, Co-curators

LET’S HEAR IT FROM THE ARTISTS 2021 Artists Presentations. Part 1

FRIDAY 12 March 2021

12:00-13:00 GMT LIVESTREAM

13:00-13:30 GMT LIVE Q&A


View a selection of works indicated with ON DEMAND in our screening room for an extended period of time by using your festival pass. No festival pass? Just click below



The post-livestream Live Q&A with the featured artists will be hosted by Anna Clifford

ON DEMAND Let’s Hear it from Sofia Castro

Sofia Castro is an Argentinian artist who studied art direction for film in Buenos Aires and specializes in dance and documentary filmmaking. Her work has been presented at dozens of international film and dance festivals, including the Leeds Film Festival, Cinedans, In/Motion Chicago, Dance Camera West, BFI Future Film Festival, Short Waves and Film Fest Girona. In 2019 she received the Argentinian National Fund for the Arts Award for her contributions to art and social transformation.

As part of her 2021 talk, Sofia will present her dance drama film Maids inspired by Las Criadas de Monterroso (Monterroso’s Maids). Her film combines fiction and screendance to introduce a maid ballerina embodying the voices of two stock radio drama lovers who plan to murder her with their own hands. On a theatrical setting and in one circular travelling shot, objectivity becomes biased as the body struggles to expose all that is incorporeal, and the question arises as to where the limits between mind and expression are.

Let’s Hear it from Daniel Navarro Lorenzo

Daniel Navarro Lorenzo is the Artistic Director at Dan Lourenço Dance, creating his own productions, and externally collaborating with national and international companies and delivering workshops and choreographing for artists and young companies internationally.

Born in Barcelona, since graduating from the professional Conservatoire of Dance of Barcelona Institut del Teatre in 2010, Daniel has danced with companies such as Frontier Danceland, Singapore; Y-Space, Hong Kong; Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, UK; Nunzio Impellizzeri Dance Company, Switzerland; Simba Dance Ensamble, Norway; Phoenix Dance Theatre, UK; White & Givan, UK; Polish Dance Theatre, Poland; Dantzaz Konpainia, Spain; Compagnie Ballet Junior Epsedanse, France among others.

Daniel has worked with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Jo Strømgren, Lukáš Timulak, Eric Gauthier, Claude Brumachon, Gustavo Ramirez, Shahar Binyamini, Thierry Malandine, Patricia Lent, Errol White, Gabrielle Nankivell, Luke Smiles, Victor Choi-wo Ma and others.

As part of his 2021 presentation, Daniel will talk about his Video Project #STATE made during lockdown aiming to connect people from around the world with Daniel’s choreography described as a fragile geography. Featuring and premiering the music by Adrian Blezien Pérez “la follia divina” and “La union hace la fuerza” plus 60 beautiful dancers from 25 different countries from USA to Singapore, from Hong Kong to UK, from Argentina to India and more connected by the dance and dancing STATE

In a State controlled by power, money and fear, citizens believe they enjoy a freedom that they do not really possess. The way they move, cry, smile and wait does not belong to them anymore. Emotion does not exist, there is no place for it. Two people perform their show, twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their movements are robotic, mechanical, there is nothing they can control because they control nothing: they have become automatons. The only thing that seems to be able to release them are the memories in which human emotion seems to be discovered through the traditional dance of previous generations that have already left.

ON DEMAND Let’s Hear it from Marisa Cecchetti

Marisa Cecchetti, graduated in Physics and trained in classical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, breakdance, step choreography and African dance, as well as physical theatre and contact improvisation that is still practiced around Europe. As an officially certified scuba diver (PADI Advanced, Rescue and Medic First Aid NASE, SSI) , Marisa has achieved more than 350 dives in the most beautiful and challenging seas of the world. She has followed a monofin course with Mike Maric; static and dynamic apnea with Umberto Pelizzari sensitive dance with Claude Coldy. She trains regularly to improve performance in the water.

Marisa aims to merge her dual passion for dance and diving with her knowledge of video editing; creating underwater dance films shot without breathing going to a depth of 17 meters; dancing without fins and taking advantage of the beautiful and unique scenery of the deepest pool in the world:Y-40 . These investigations in movement underwater with different physics laws take place also under the sea.

As part of her 2021 presentation Marisa will dive into her dance film Euphoric Underwater Dance. It tells the story of people are meeting at the deep end (Y-40 pool in Italy) who dance underwater at 10 meters depth without breathing. They are euphoric for the wellness that dancing underwater gives to them. Moreover, Leonardo da Vinci is watching them… maybe he has inspired their dance that is the expression of their own style depending also on their knowledge of movement… so we have flamenco, contact improvisation, pole dance, synchronized swimming, contemporary dance… Dance and water create a union between people that is represented in this short video.

Scotland’s festival of dance on screen est 2016. In partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen since 2021 2021 Artists Presentations. Part 1

Curated by Simon Fildes and Iliyana Nedkova

Further support by Juliette Harvey