Motion Control (a screen dance film)

Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie, David Anderson

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Motion Control was produced with an Arts Council England / BBC Dance for Camera Award and examines the synergy between camera and performer. The film is notable for hyper-sound Foley score overlaid with text and electro-opera. First broadcast on BBC2 3rd March 2002, Motion Control concerns itself with a dynamic partnership between computer operated Motion Control camera, and performer. This screen dance film tests the boundaries of dialogue between camera and performer, camera and space, camera and sound and has raised the profile internationally of screen dance from the UK and in particular from Brighton. It has received numerous international awards, worldwide screenings and has helped to locate South East Dance Agency as screen dance specialist organization. Awards for Motion Control include; Czech Crystal Golden Prague Television Award 2002, Honourable Mention Paula Citron Award Toront o 2002 , Special Jury Golden Award World FilmFest Houston 2003, Best Female Film Mediawaves Hungary 2003. Since its publication in 2002 Motion Control continues to tour to international film festival and is included with Forward Motion, Take7 compilation packages.The iconic 'red dress' image featuring Professor Aggiss has been used worldwide as publicity for screen dance the art form.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherArts Council England, BBC
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Eventother - Scientific Institute, London
Duration: 1 Jan 2002 → …

Bibliographical note

Premiered at the Scientific Institute London on 30th January 2001, Motion Control continues to tour worldwide including 2009 Loikka Festival Helsinki Finland, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Forward Motion British Council to Singapore, Cinema Salut, Ekaterinburg Festival, Urals Russia: 2008 Konsthall Vaxjo Sweden, Oaxaca Mexica: 2007 ArteTV, Copenhagen, Tulsa Oklahoma: 2005/6 Best of 15 years of Mediawaves Hungary Shoot! Festival Gothenburg, Moderndans Theatern Stockholm, Kinodance St Petersburg, Live Screen Lilian Baylis London: 2004 Salt Lake City, Bern Bewegte Tanzbilder, Visions du Temps Zurich, Homo Novus Riga Lativa, Framed Festival Oporto Portugal, Canada tour: Durham and Tom Thomson Art Galleries, British Council tour: Macedonia, Korea, Tunisia, Taiwan, Thailand, Rio de Janeiro: 2003 DFA New York, Constellation Screen Change London, Shorts! Amsterdam, Kinodance St Petersburg & Moscow , 36th World FilmFest Houston USA, Mediawaves Hungary, British Independent Film Festival Berlin, British Council UK Film at the 56th Cannes, Moviementofilmfest Germany, International Short Films Munich, Conversations at the Edge Festival Chicago, Take 7 UK Tour by South East Dance: 2001/2 Ultima Festival of Music and Dance Oslo Norway 10th Archipelago Festival Rome, TTV Rimini & Naples Film Festival Italy, Videodance Athens & Thessaloniki, Sitges International Film Festival Spain, LA Shorts USA, Toronto Moving Pictures, IMZ Monaco.


  • Screendance
  • dance
  • film
  • dance film
  • choreography
  • inerdisciplinarity


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