U.Dance on Screen

U.Dance on Screen





Following a callout, One Dance UK received applications from film makers, producers and directors across the country!

We have selected eight diverse films which showcase young dancers and/or filmmakers.

Watch the selected films of U.Dance on Screen 2017

U.Dance on Screen is a One Dance UK initiative delivered and produced for U.Dance 2017 in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome.

Back to Blackheath

Director: Emma McFarland
Direction: David McCormick (Snakeoil Media)
Choreography: Kimberley Harvey, Laura Mercer, Charlene Low, Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot
Erica Moshman, Natasha Britton
Choreographic Assistants: Eilidh Scott, Lizzie Croucher
Organisations: LINKED Partnership: Candoco Dance Company, Greenwich Dance, Magpie Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Dancers: Dancers from Cando2, Magpie Youth, Thomas Tallis School and Trinity Laban’s Dance Ability classes.

Join dancers from Cando2, Magpie Dance Youth Group, Thomas Tallis School and Trinity Laban’s Dance Ability classes as they explore the history, stories, atmosphere and architecture of London’s oldest cultural venue, Blackheath Halls, in this inclusive dance film. The young people choreographed, rehearsed and performed their own movement material for the film.

Chairs, Stairs and Pickled Onions

Producers: Next Door Dance team – Louise Gibbs, Jennifer Manderson, Hayley Ross, Georgina Saunders, Laura Savage
Organisations: Next Door Dance, Inspire Arts, New College Nottingham, Nottingham City Council
Directors/Choreographers/Dancers: Next Door Dance team (above), with Lucy Hockey, Charlotte Hoyle, Bethany James, Isobelle Maloney, Neve McGuiness, Jasmine Moore, Caitlin Pearson, Emma Pressley, Luke Rainford, Tassia Sissins, Emma Sporton, Cara Verny

Choreographed and filmed over the course of a week the young people worked with Next Door Dance to create this short dance film as part of their youth project Shadow Movement with Inspire Arts. Given the simple starting point of ‘Chairs, Stairs and Pickled Onions’, the young people worked as a company to direct and choreograph this playful dance for camera under the guidance of Next Door Dance company members.

Curing Albrecht

Direction/Choreography: Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright
Producers/Organisations: English National Ballet Company and Manchester International Festival
Dancers: Fern Aitchison, Olivia Aitchison, Holly Brennan, Stephanie Burrell, Tia Carty, Megan Charnock, Amy Critchley-Wright, Kate Louise Davies, Alexandra De La Bastide, Isaac Farrell, Jessica Flanagan, Niamh Fretwell Walsh, Emma Gleave, Lucy Gleave, Rebekah Hall, Niamh Victoria Halpin, Faye Heywood, Jack Thomas Hilton, Alexandra Hulston, Leah Jones, Azerley Keller, Abigail Mann, James Olivo, Zara Phillips, Heather Woof, Verity Wright

Curing Albrecht features a cast of dancers from Greater Manchester performing alongside dancer Sam Coren and actor Jenny Runacre. This witty film, inspired by the dancing madness of Giselle, is shot on location in the spectacular Victoria Baths, Manchester.
The project formed part of an extensive engagement programme inspired by Akram Khan’s Giselle. Local dancers had the opportunity to rub shoulders with professionals, to experience life on a professional film set, and to be part of an in-depth choreographic process creating dance specifically for the camera.

Forever in my mind

Director: James Hall
Choreography/Dancer: Brima Fullah

Forever in my mind draws inspiration from the heaviness of the body, and how feelings of loss add to this idea in a physical sense.

In her bag she carries

Producer: Jackie Mortimer
Direction/Choreography: Becky Butler
Organisations: Wriggly Line Productions
Dancers: Joe Darby, Zack Dennis, Kai Downham, Conner Fortune, KJ Mortimer, Elle Weekes

In her bag she carries… is the result of a period of research and development between this company of dancers. Thoughts and memories are ‘unpacked’ in a series of episodes.

Journey of a Lancashire Soldier

Producer: Vicky Frayard, Ludus Dance
Direction: Michael Wray, Zemap Productions
Choreography: Sarah Gough
Organisations: Heritage Lottery Fund, Ludus Dance, Affen Audio and Zemap
Dancers: The Chorley and District Boys Dance Company, Isaac Banks, Harry Billingsley, Mike Bradley, Zac Crowe, Oliver Cummins, Joe Marsden, Stephen Mercer, Cameron Murphy, Sam Palmer, Connor Porter

Using real accounts and stories of the time, The Chorley Boys pay their respects to the Lancashire Soldiers who fought during World War One. Taking inspiration from the Pals Battalions, they imagine what life was like for men of their age; going from the Lancashire cotton mills to the French battlefields. The young people were fully involved at every stage of creating this dance film. It formed part of a larger live performance in which the film was embedded. The young people had creative input to the choreography, storyboarding, soundtrack and locations. This film was generously funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.


Producer: Haley Canter
Directors/Choreographers/Dancers: Olga Kay, Claire Pritchard

Sandbox is a movement research piece, continuing the reflection upon the mental health of individuals within relationships. Drawing from personal experience and a very strong connection between one another, we explore aloneness and togetherness and how they fluctuate in a relationship. Playing with concepts of mutual support, cooperation, being alone, together and with each other, and noticing how our connection with each other stems from our connection with ourselves. Sandbox is performed in nature and using sand to create symbolism of grounding, sharing and dynamism.

The Forgotten

Producer: Darkroom Contemporary
Direction: Lousie Coetzer and Oscar O’Ryan
Choreography: Louise Coetzer
Organisations: Dance For All, The Sunshine Company, New Africa Theatre
Dancers: Lwando Dutyulwa, Siphosethu Gojo, Tanzley Jooste, Odwa Makanda, Stanford Ngamlan, Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Farnel Smart

Moving through life, we find ourselves constantly looking back. Some memories we try to hang on to, and others we choose to forget. The Forgotten explores memory and loss, living in the past, and finding hope for the future. The film is an adaptation of the original stage production. The performers are from Dance For All InSPIRAtions Youth Company, which offers training to youth from disadvantaged social backgrounds.