This project was a partnership between Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) and the College of Humanities, Art and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
In Microfilms, nine professional dancers of the ADT are guided through the process of making a dance film using their personal mobile phones and free video editing software. This process was led by Film Studies lecturer Dr Tom Young and Honours students Alice Reardon. Owing to the Covid-19 health crisis the teachers and dancers all worked in isolation utilising Microsoft Teams as the central mode of communication and file sharing during the project development. The process is being studied by two researchers from Flinders University; Dr Nicholas Godfrey – lecturer in Screen Studies; and Dr Sarah Peters – lecturer in performance and a specialist in practice-led research.
The first stage of the project entailed ADT dancers creating their own dance films under the guidance of Flinders film studies staff and student. In the second stage the ADT dancers took the learning module developed in the first stage and transposed this process onto the second and third year dance students at the Adelaide College of the Arts, guiding them through the same process of making their own dance films.
The entire project resulted in 24 short dance films created on smart phones in isolation conditions, as well as a number of research papers which will be submitted to peer reviewed journals. The papers will explore technologies of film-making in pandemic isolation, and modalities of learning and transmission of creative knowledges in isolation.
ADT would like to thank Flinders University for their support on this project as well as Music SA.