International Visiting Artist Program

The International Visiting Artist Program (IVAP) is a collaboration between the Division of the Arts (DotA) and the International Division, which funds the program. This partnership, launched in the fall of 2019, supports short-term residences for international artists on campus. Through IVAP, the Division is able to bring visiting artists and their expertise into existing campus arts programs. Visiting artists expand students’ horizons and facilitate opportunities for future collaborations and careers abroad. IVAP artists might not otherwise have the chance to share their work in the United States, especially artists from less developed countries, those of marginalized identities, or those who provide a unique perspective to their field.

Spring 2022

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes screendance practitioner, lecturer, and body percussionist Omari ‘Motion’ Carter to campus April 7–15, 2022 through the International Visiting Artist Program (IVAP).

Omari’s residency will include participation as a presenter at State of the Art: the 2022 International Symposium on Screendance (April 10–13, 2022), a guest filmmaker at the Wisconsin Film Festival (April 7–14, 2022), and a teacher, leading workshops in professional development and exploring elements of dance “Animation” (a subgenre of Popping) and body percussion.


In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ in Movers and Shakers, Wisconsin Film Festival

Saturday, April 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the Marquee, Union South
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with attending filmmakers featured in the shorts block. Tickets may be purchased in advance or day-of.

Film still featuring four people with one arm raised, looking toward the sky

Dance, Film and Future Landscapes at the International Symposium on Screendance

Sunday, April 10 at 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Lathrop Hall
A live panel discussion featuring Harmony Bench, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, Li Chiao-Ping, Gabri Christa, Charlotte Griffin, and Katrina McPherson.

Omari Carter seated in a chair

Workshop - “Urban Tones: Expanding Animations”

Monday, April 11, 12:30–2:10 p.m. at 349 Lathrop Hall
A workshop exploring how ways of moving can be expanded upon to develop narrative and character-driven dance performance.

People stand in a classroom, with one arm raised overhead.

Workshop - “Body Percussion Possibilities” (UW students only)

Tuesday, April 12, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at 249 Lathrop Hall
This session will introduce participants to the art of body percussion in an aim to bridge the gap between dance and musical language.

Two people on a dirt road, one clapping and the other jumping mid-air

What is Urban Dance on Screen at the International Symposium on Screendance

Wednesday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. at Lathrop Hall
Omari will explore the label of “urban” within a screendance context. Omari will screen his video essay created during his study at the world's first Master's Degree in Screendance program.

Omari Carter standing with arms raised on his sides and looking back at one foot off the ground

“As an artist and dance pedagogue, the entire program has been truly inspiring, and I’m very grateful for the experience. I believe exchanges like this do broaden the field of research, while creating more connections.”

Sandra Vincent, Fall 2019 International Visiting Artist

Spring 2021

The International Visiting Artist Program sponsored Lady C in conjunction with interdisciplinary artist Michele Byrd-McPhee (fall 2020). Both artists have collaborated on previous projects.

Lady C taught a virtual workshop and was in conversation in March 2021 with fall 2020 interdisciplinary artist Michele Byrd-McPhee. Based on the fall 2020 schedule, Lady C wasn’t able to participate in Michele’s residency, but continued the conversation of women in Hip-Hop in a predominately male-oriented field.

Spring 2020

International filmmakers Fernanda Valadez from Mexico and Chiara Malta from France were scheduled to visit Madison as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival in April, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions and cancelation of the in-person Wisconsin Film Festival, these residencies did not take place.

Fall 2019

The first residency brought Belgian dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sandra Vincent to campus September 16 – 22, 2019.

Vincent’s experimental work in the lineage of Anna Halprin, a revolutionary postmodern dancer and influential alumna of UW–Madison’s Dance Department, contributed a contemporary European perspective to the creative practice taking place on campus. With musician and guest artist Benjamin Francart, Vincent taught and met with over 100 students in the Dance Department and The Studio. The two also led improvisational dance workshops in Madison and Mazomanie for community members.