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.
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.
Omari 'Motion' Carter is a screendance practitioner, body-percussionist, and lecturer based in London (UK) and, for the past decade, has been choreographing, teaching and performing for music videos, film, television and theatre. Omari’s practice is influenced by hip hop dance culture, screendance, and body-percussion. This combines with his 10 years of multi-faceted, dance-filmmaking experience to result in the purposeful creation, presentation, and education of narratives told through dance and the camera. Omari is the recipient of international awards for his work in screendance, and was a member of the West End and International Touring Production of STOMP! from 2011-2018. He is the Founder & Creative Director of Motion Dance Collective and Lecturer in Dance at London Contemporary Dance School.
Photo: Ambient Jade Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Caroline Fraser (AKA Lady C) is a Canadian dancer, choreographer, and singer. Lady C is internationally known for her unique versatility and original style. She has studied multiple styles under many of the pioneers and legends of Street Dance and has the ability to move between Popping, Locking, House Hip Hop, and Breaking while maintaining the integrity and essence of each one. Her early training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary adds to her diverse skill set.
Michele Byrd-McPhee is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer, curator, and director of Ladies of Hip-Hop. Byrd-McPhee has been working for many years to re-contextualize spaces and conversation about Hip-Hop culture along gender, sex, cultural and socio-historical and racial lines for decades. In fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michele Byrd-McPhee’s residency was fully remote, including the course and events with guest artists.
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.
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.