MDFL – DANCE FILM LAB 2016 with Helena Jónsdóttir 25.-28.8.2016


Malakta Dance Film Lab with Helena Jónsdóttir 25th – 28th August 2016, Art Factory Malakta, Malax, Finland

Malakta Dance film Lab (MDFL) is an established international gathering of dance film makers, choreographers and dancers at the Art Factory Malakta. The MDFL gives participants the opportunity to explore the dance film genre both hands-on and in-depth, through collaborative experimentation and creation in an open and inspiring atmosphere opening up new ways of working with dance and film. Art Factory Malakta, in collaboration with the Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia has been arranging intensive dance film labs since 2012.

MDFL2016                                                                                                                                                                              The intensive laboratory is led by the renowned and respected Icelandic choreographer, film maker, artist and educator Helena Jónsdóttir. Helena is a highly experienced and qualified artist and pedagogue, and an innovator in the field of Physical Cinema and Dance on Screen.

The theme for Lab 2016 is Power: the empowerment of an individual; power struggles; power of the viewer or the performer; political / social power; the power in us; the awareness of being; knowing your power/voice as an artist. The Lab focusses on the creation of content and on the question of why: what do you want to say with your work; how do you communicate with your audiences using the tools of film making; how do you create the content. There will be 1-2 practical experimentation and research tests per day where the participants are led in a number of exercises that relate to film and dance-for-film principles, followed by view and discuss sessions.

The tests include: Exploring  dance film tools  – camera as partner, editing as the choreographer, importance of sound to the scene;  WHYwhere, how, you – working on finding your voice and your expression through the medium of film; defining the why in what you do; working with creating a whole; how you leave your film to be explored by your audiences.

Now in 2016 its time to think about the importance of the content and the why of making dance for screen and where it belongs. So let’s get into the whole and out of the hole.”

WHO:  Choreographers and film makers

WHEN:  Thursday 25.8 at 16:00 – Sunday 28.8. 16:00

WHERE:  Art Factory MALAKTA, Malax, 25km South of Vaasa

COST: Fee 100€ / Accommodation 10€ per night In cozy shared  accommodation in the residency apartment and spaces of Art Factory MALAKTA

FOOD: Meals are not included, however a hospitality-style kitchen is available for use by participants


 HOW TO APPLY:                                                                                                                                                          

When applying please include:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and website
  • A statement on your interest in this workshop (1/2 page maximum)
  • Your bio (½ a page maximum) or CV (2 pages maximum)
  • A link to online video of your artistic work – if available

APPLICATION DEADLINE                        Friday 24.6.2016                                                                                       Send applications to:

All applicants will be notified no later than 30.6.2016.

If possible participants are asked to bring their own equipment including: Cameras, editing equipment, and an external hard drive.

Participants must attend the whole workshop. The workshop will be in English.

Additional information:  Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia, Annika Sillander: +358 45 1364372 or

The Dance Film Workshop is realized by Art Factory MALAKTA and the Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia.

Art Factory MALAKTA is a cultural centre set in an old dairy near Vaasa in Western Finland.

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