Festival 2021

International Dance Short Film Programme curated by Omari 'Motion' Carter

  • Watermans Arts Centre
  • Sat 16 October, 4pm
  • Part of DU Watermans Takeover, 16-17 Oct
  • Admission: £5
  • Duration: 52 minutes

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Join us in the Watermans cinema for an International Dance Short Film Programme curated by Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, part of the Dance Umbrella Watermans Takeover, 16-17 October.

The film progamme:

Feltham Moves (2021) (UK)

Running time: 06:02 min
A collaboration between members of Age UK Hounslow, Grounded Movement and Dance Umbrella

Choreography and concept: Sunanda Biswas and Temujin Gill, Grounded Movement
Filming: Alex Daniels and the performers
Editing: Monika Davies
Performers: Kanta Gomez, Hansa Makawana, Lakshmi Nayee, Anjana Patel, Ramaben Patel, Subhadra Patel, Minerva Stanley, Urmila Trivedi, Sudha Unjia


There is a Place (2010) (SCOTLAND/HONG KONG)

Running time: 07:25 min
Sang Jijia / Katrina McPherson / Simon Fildes

There is a Place was funded though the British Council, Dance House, Glasgow and City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong. The film won the Jury Prize for Best Screendance at San Francisco Dance Film Festival in 2011; has had many international screenings including in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Utah & Buenos Aires and has been written about extensively.


Temporal Lineation (2017) (DENMARK)

Running time: 08:48 min
Benjamin Skop

Temporal Lineation is an abstract movement piece that seeks to explore our perception of the body in motion. By reducing the complex form of the arms to simple geometry, a line; a new possible way of perceiving motion will arise. The perception of movement is challenged even further as time and space are manipulated. We no longer see a linear flow of time, but rather a ‘mishmash’, a kind of temporal collage that enables us to see whole sequences of movements unfold at once and repeat itself on itself.


Attention Span (2020) (USA)

Running time: 02:43 min
Mitchell Rose

Choreography: Emily Arden Jones
Camera: Coal Rietenbach

An experiment in seeing—in exploded perspective. A dancer is shot from 16 camera angles and edited at a disturbing rate. It’s a response to our culture’s hunger for increasingly fast editing. But suddenly there is no cutting—only an unchanging portrait of raw humanity— cinematography’s most sublime imagery.

(Warning: Contains Flashing Images)


Cygnus (2018) (USA)

Running time: 06:14 min
Cara Hagan

A short screendance filmed on location on Battle Lake, MN. Cygnus invites us to revel in the beauty of the sunrise over calm waters as the moon slips behind the horizon. A celebration of the earth, the body, and their kinship.

Directed by Cara Hagan and Robert Uehlin
Choreographed and Performed by Cara Hagan
Cinematography by Robert Uehlin
Edited by Robert Uehlin
Music: Gesture 1 by Michael Wall


Observations III, Mami Wata (2021) (FINLAND/BENIN)

Running time: 02:41 min
Vilma Tihilä

Observations III is a short film series by Vilma Tihilä, looking into life and people in Grand-Popo, Benin. The films portray extracts of encounters and events Tihilä experienced while her six weeks stay in an art residency Villa Karo at the end of year 2020. Observations III looks into a vodun ceremony for Mami Wata, the god of water, in a local village called Zonbinoucondji.



Running time: 13:28 min

Set in the spectacular Burren region of the west coast of Ireland, Navigation uses the land itself to explore how we navigate through unknown terrain. Themes of survival and perseverance, departure and renewal emerge in a nuanced and layered interpretation of the migration experience. The rhythms, movement, vocals and landscape define and embody this exploration, featuring the performances of 10 dancers, singers and a community choir of 40 participants.

Director, Writer, Producer: Marlene Millar
Choreographer, Composer, Producer: Sandy Silva
Composer: Jean Fréchette & Sandy Silva
Vocal arrangement: Jean Fréchette

Lead Performers: Andrew Bathory, Sonia Clarke, David Cronkite, Dominic Desrochers, Afia Douglas, Isaac Endo, Hélène Lemay, Kimberly Robin, Sandy Silva, Bobby Thompson, Kate Daly, The Lismorahaun Singers

Co-producer: Anna Alexandre
Production Manager: Emmanuel Hessler
Cinematography: Kes Tagney
Second camera: Jules de Niverville
Editing: Jules de Niverville
Sound design: Félix Boisvert
Sound recording: Jean Frechette
Drone operator: Kev L. Smith


Dance Umbrella Watermans Takeover

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Oct
Join DU as we take over Watermans Arts Centre building for two days of dance

Explore the programme

About Omari 'Motion' Carter +

Omari ‘Motion’ Carter is a screendance practitioner, lecturer and body percussionist based in London and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching, and performing for music videos, film, television, and theatre. A first-class BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University led Omari to perform for 7 years in the West End and international touring productions of ‘Stomp!’. During this time, Omari choreographed, directed, performed, and produced a varied reel of dance on film work with Screendance production company, The Motion Dance Collective, which he founded in 2011.

As a director, videographer, and editor, Omari has created digital-dance and documentary content for Breakin’ Convention Hip Hop Theatre Festival (UK), Parkinson’s UK, Dance Woking, DanceXchange, South East Dance, Akademi (UK), Calmer UK, National Centre for Circus Arts, Jason Mabana Dance, Pagrav Dance Company, and Mouvement Perpétuel (Canada).

As an independent choreographer and dancer, Omari has created works for Google, Britain’s Got Talent, Weetabix, Stanton Warriors, Greenpeace UK, Diabetes UK, and ADAD (Association of Dance from the African Diaspora).

A graduate from the world’s first master’s degree in Screendance at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), Omari went on to become associate lecturer in Screendance at the University of East London, University of Lincoln, and LCDS. Most recently Omari was co-curator of Akademi Dance-Film Festival 2021, Digital Creative for Pavilion Dance South West, on the event programming team for San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (USA), and features twice in Vol. 12 of The International Journal of Screendance which was released earlier this year. motiondancecollective.com

Venue & Access Info +



40 High Street
Brentford TW8 0DS

Getting there

We are in Brentford, West London and are well served by public transport as well as having on-site parking.

Bus: 65, 267, 237 all stop right outside. The stop is called ‘Watermans Centre’

Train: We are only a short walk from either Brentford or Kew Bridge stations, served by South Western Trains

Tube: Gunnersbury and South Ealing are the nearest tube stations. From Gunnersbury it’s a short bus ride on the 237 or 267. From South Ealing, take the 65 and you’ll be with us in 5 minutes.

Car: We have a covered on-site car park. Parking is free for 30 minutes so you can drop off and pick up or pop in to collect tickets – please ensure you enter your car registration number and display a ticket. Thereafter, a charge of £1.50 for up to an hour will apply (up to a maximum of £8). There are spaces reserved for disabled visitors on the upper level, but a BLUE BADGE must be displayed if you use one and you must register your number plate at our Box Office in order to validate your free parking. On occasions when the venue is full parking can become congested so please leave a little extra time when attending these events. Additional parking is available in the multi-story carpark 300 metres to the west of Watermans behind the Premier Inn.

Bike: There is secure cycle parking on the terrace outside the Box Office

Access information

Our building is fully accessible. If you have any specific access requirements please inform the Duty Manager or Box Office Team on 020 8232 1019, before you arrive if possible.

We have added a pop-up Box Office outside the cinema to reduce the amount of travelling you need to do within the venue and to aid audience flow as part of our Covid-secure measures. You are able to give your vehicle registration number and book carer tickets at this Box Office if you wish. We do recommend you book ahead wherever possible by phone however.

Visit Watermans’ website for detailed access information.

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