This manifesto was written in August 2015 during an intensive 8-day international screendance residency entitled Hybrid Communities.
Hybrid Communities references the amalgam of creative, sensitive, experimental and transdisciplinary states of the body. This amalgam is inscribed in art and society and is at the heart of screendance’s field of research. It questions the representations of the body-on-screen which result from choreographic and audio-visual research.
In order to avoid getting lost in terminologies and ontological debates, we have decided to name our current practice ‘screendance’ in English, ‘ciné-chorégraphie’ in French, and ‘videodanza’ in Spanish. In doing so, we acknowledge that we could have also chosen to name it dance film, cinedance, dance on camera, dance for the camera, dance on screen and so on. Our aim is to focus on what screendance ‘does’, rather than on what it ‘is’.
This manifesto expresses the assembled group’s questions and discussions. It contains interrogations, affirmations, un-resolved and recycled ideas. It reflects also the contradictions, the conflicts, the divergences of opinions and the dead-ends that we encountered whilst working together and in sharing our individual experiences.
Our manifesto is incomplete and is open to discourses to come. Its fragmented format echoes the nature of our various artistic practices.
The composition of our hybrid community is a reflection of a larger international network with which we share affinities.
Our manifesto is a guide.
Our manifesto is a springboard.
Our manifesto is a trace.
Our manifesto is a beating heart.
Could we sing our proposals, could we also have humor?
Flies and lies, please, come to the screen!