About Forward Motion

A collection of outstanding British screen dance works curated by experts
Still from 'Horizon of Exile', directed, choreographed and produced by Isabel Rocamora (2007)
Still from 'Horizon of Exile', directed, choreographed and produced by Isabel Rocamora (2007)
Forward Motion demonstrates the diversity of British screen dance, its inspirations and the influence it’s had around the world
Still from 'Tattoo', directed and choreographed by Miranda Pennell (2001)
Still from 'Tattoo', directed and choreographed by Miranda Pennell (2001)

Trailer for the Forward Motion: 'Intros' programme

Forward Motion is a collection of outstanding British screen dance works curated by experts into three programmes. A British Council project co-produced with South East Dance (supported by Arts Council England), Forward Motion creates a moving snapshot of Britain’s prolific screen dance industry.  The programmes are available for screenings worldwide, supported by extensive technical and marketing guidance.

Forward Motion features over 20 historic, seminal and groundbreaking films along with interviews and insight into artistic practice. Forward Motion demonstrates the diversity of British screen dance, its inspirations and the influence it’s had around the world. It brings together well-known dance films and experimental rarities, provoking discussion and debate. The eclectic programme and the accompanying resources will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from those new to screen dance to those with an in-depth knowledge of the art form. 

For more information about the British Council and South East Dance click here.

The British Council and South East Dance have worked with an expert committee to curate the programme.  The committee includes (with their occupation at the time of consultation):

Professor Liz Aggiss, University of Brighton and artist
Vicky Bloor, Head of Screen Dance, South East Dance
Steven Brett, Drama and Dance Adviser, British Council
Morag Deyes, Artistic Director, Dance Base
Emma Gladstone, Producer Live Screen, Sadler’s Wells
Cathy Gomez, Drama and Dance Adviser, British Council
Nicky Molloy, Director, Dance4
Mairead Turner, Chief Executive, South East Dance
Jamie Watton, Senior Strategy Officer, Arts Council England
Marisa Zanotti, University of Chichester and artist

The Forward Motion collection includes: 

FORWARD MOTION: INTROS (approx. 60 mins)

Professor Liz Aggiss introduces the genre of screen dance. This programme includes short dance films with artist interviews. Includes Touched by Wendy Houstoun and David Hinton, Tra La La by Magali Charrier and the rarely seen gems Basini by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie and Sardinas by Lea Anderson.

Click to watch a trailer and read interview excerpts from 'Intros'.

FORWARD MOTION: INSIGHTS (approx. 90mins)

Dr. Vena Ramphal presents a programme of more experimental films with artists discussing their work. Features the enchanting Hands by ex-Royal Ballet soloist Jonathan Burrows and film-maker Adam Roberts, Vanishing Point by Rosemary Butcher and Horizon of Exile by Isabel Rocamora (winner IMZ best screen choreography 2007).

Click to watch a trailer and read interview excerpts from 'Insights'.

FORWARD MOTION: ARTISTS’ CHOICE (approx. 40 mins)

High profile dance makers select their favourite British dance films. Includes Akram Khan introducing Lloyd Newson’s multi-award winning The Cost of Living; Russell Maliphant selecting Chris Cunningham’s music video for Portishead’s Only You; and Shobana Jeyasingh choosing Miranda Pennell’s Tattoo.

Click to watch a trailer and read interview excerpts from 'Artists's Choice'.

FORWARD MOTION: SPECIAL FEATURES

Extra footage not featured on the main programmes includes exclusive in-depth interviews with Lloyd Newson and Bob Lockyer, both leading figures in the British screen dance industry. 

For synopses of all the films included in Forward Motion click here