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ALTERNATIVE FORMATS: SCREENDANCE POSSIBILITIES BY OMARI ‘MOTION’ CARTER FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF MOTION DANCE COLLECTIVE WWW.MOTIONDANCECOLLECTIVE.COM
The Motion Dance Collective’s production company founding director, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, explores his interdisciplinary practice and his relationship between dance, movement and screen. Carter is an associate lecturer at East London Universities and an MA graduate in Screendance at London Contemporary Dance School. His work influences and introduces hip hop culture, body-percussion, and film/video practices, to result in the purposeful creation of narratives told through dance, camera and screen. He writes about his work, point of view, and presenting at Re:generations 2019 A s a h i p h o p d a n c e c u l t u re a f i c i o n a d o studying at a contemporary dance school, I was concerned about who my research was going to reach; who was it for? The hip hop heads? Film and video practitioners? The academics/scholars of either form? If my research hopes to be an academic contribution to hip hop culture, will any hip hop practitioners outside of academia actually read it?
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In dealing with these concerns, I created a videoessay, entitled What is Urban Dance on Screen, as part of my master’s degree coursework in 2019. The essay fuses rhyming poetry with academic prose and original musical composition with archive video/ photographic references, to critically deconstruct the label of ‘urban’ within the context of dance on screen.
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