Meet the founding Artistic Director of Screen.dance Simon Fildes – a self-proclaimed ‘daydreamer’ and an international award-winning filmmaker, artist, curator and teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In advance to our Screen.dance 2021 four-part series Let’s Hear it from the Artists series featuring ten artists’ presentations, we would encourage you to hear it from the horse’s mouth – Simon, himself and what screen dance means to him!
Just tune into this interview with Simon recorded in September 2020 as a dedicated episode of The MDC Talks | A Screendance Podcast hosted by The Motion Dance Collective’s own Omari Carter and Anna Clifford – both of whom are hosting some of the Live Q&As at this year’s festival.
Hear Simon talk about the evolution of the screen dance terminology, his connection to music and a desire to make art that inspires feeling. He highlights the importance of making mistakes and giving yourself permission to fail in order to explore your own voice.
Listen to Simon speak about why watching other artists’ work is as important as allowing yourself to have an opinion. Simon also discusses some of the common trends and tropes in screen dance and the impact COVID-19 is currently having on the screen dance industry.