Let’s Write About Screen Dance
Screen dance writing programme led by Róisín O’Brien
WORKSHOP 11-13 March 2021
NEW CRITICAL WRITING
For the first time in our festival history, as part of Screen.dance 2021, we offered two opportunities related to screen dance writing.
Let’s Chat About Screen Dance Writing – our screen dance masterclass led by dance writer Cara Hagan was for anyone interested in employing creative tactics to write artfully and with depth about screen dance and other art forms.
Let’s Write About Screen Dance was our screen dance writing programme for aspiring writers selected from our open call. Dance writer Róisín O’Brien led this introductory programme following on the success of a workshop organised by our festival partner Citymoves Dance Agency during DanceLive Festival 2020 resulting in a series of new reviews.
Participants in Let’s Write About Screen Dance, including Mhairi Allan, Bárbara Janicas and Iliyana Nedkova, attended a short workshop prior at the beginning of the festival, which introduced them to dance writing technique and discussions about the critic’s role in today’s arts landscape. Under the guidance and mentorship of Róisín, participants then wrote two short reviews onf works or themes within this year’s festival.
Róisín O’Brien is a dance writer and choreographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She regularly writes for Fjord Review and Springback Magazine, amongst other dance and national publications, as well as writes programme notes for dance artists. Her choreographic work has been shown at the Edinburgh Fringe, Resolution Festival, DanceLive and Hidden Door. She is currently part of the The Lyceum’s L20 Artist Attachment scheme for 2021.