This Week’s Videodance Contest – Classroom or Stage

Thank you to everyone who submitted or nominated a work for this week’s theme of “Classroom or Stage.” Keep in mind, this contest will be happening every week for the remainder of the summer. If you haven’t had a chance to participate yet, there will be plenty of more chances for you to do so. Our next theme is “Private or Public.” All submissions and nominations are due by July 14th, and the contest winners will be announced on July 17th. Please scroll to the bottom of this post for more information on how to submit.

This week’s winning videos are:

“Fabric of Being” by David Wasserman representing our stage category


“Aldana” by Jordi Martin representing our classroom category

Classroom or Stage

For the theme “Classroom or Stage,” we imagined that one term was about how we learn and explore movement, and the other was about the execution of already learned and rehearsed movement. As we watched various videos though, the distinctions became a little less clear.  If a video  is of a dance being performed for an audience, but it is still in its experimental stages, does it fall into the category of stage or classroom? What about a piece that has been completed, but was created solely for the purpose of teaching it to others? Ultimately, we chose two videos that were similar in essence but extremely different in intention and execution.

Stage: “Fabric of Being”

This David Wasserman’s “Fabric of Being” is a representation of stage because it shows the final product of a creative process. It takes also place on a stage in a frontal format, as if to be performed before an audience. Not only is the choreography set, but the piece is also filmed in a very specific way in order to portray the artist’s vision. By incorporating beautiful choreography with unique camera work, Wasserman captivates the audience and invites them to interpret the work in their own way. The underlying concept of “no two snowflakes are alike,” provides the foundation for the piece. Wasserman explains that the piece actually delves into the depths of humanity through the personification of a snowflake. Even though the same dancer is performing the same choreography to the same music in each of the two layered wide shots, when placed side by side it is evident that the movements are not identical. Although at times the movements seem to sync up, when you look closely it is clear that the movements in one shot are drawn out slightly longer than they are in its counterpart. It is rare for a piece to work well both as a stage and filmic piece, but this work accomplishes just that with a unique and strong message.

More info on David Wasserman:

Classroom: “Aldana”

Similarly to “Fabric of Being,” Jordi Martin’s “Aldana” features two dancers executing the same choreography. Unlike “Fabric of Being”, “Aldana” is not a finished and polished work. At this stage in the creative process, the choreography does not necessarily have a set purpose, but rather is an exploratory experimentation with movements, and is a great illustration of how dancers learn. A major part of a dancer’s learning process involves watching and mimicking movements. In this video the two dancers start out seeming to be in perfect sync, but as the phrase progresses, we see that the woman is following the man, and he is showing her the movements. Later in the learning process, when the movements have been refined, the dancer is able to embody the choreography and make the movements their own. “Aldana” captures the moments of new choreography being set on a dancer’s body, and the learning process that this involves.

More info on Jordi Martin:

Please leave us a comment, and let us know what you think about classroom and stage videos, this week’s winners, and anything else you’d like to share!

Next Week’s Theme for Movement Media’s Online Video Dance Contest:

Theme: Private or Public
Submissions are due by Tuesday July 14th.

Winners will be announced on Move the Frame on Friday July 17th.
With Facebook, Twitter and social media all the rage, privacy is a hot button topic these days. Tons of people are capturing private dances on video and posting them on Youtube for public consumption. What are your thoughts on private and public, and how has his played out in your work?

Please submit or nominate a video for one of these categories and tell us how you interpreted this theme.


  • Submissions may be made by anyone – artists, film makers, and anyone who knows of online videos that fit the weekly themes.
  • The video submitted must be under 10 minutes long.
  • Pick/Submit one video to represent only one of the weekly themes.
  • Send the link of the video to Movement Media
  • The video submitted needs to be embeddable, ie hosted on YouTube or another sharable online video platform.
  • Include a short biography/artist statement (if it is your work).
  • For every submission, include a short summary that describes why you have chosen a particular video for the contest and describe how it relates to the weekly theme.
  • Include a brief synopsis of the video.
  • Include a link to your website (if you have one)
  • Include your email address

Email all information to
If your submission is chosen for the weekly contest, we will contact you directly.

Impetus for Contest Participants

  • Have your videos seen by an online audience who’s interested in movement-based video.
  • Receive publicity for your work/work of others
  • Receive comments and feedback
  • Automatic consideration for live screening at Kinetic Cinema in NYC.
  • Automatic consideration for UMOVE, Movement Media’s Online Dance Film Festival in October 2009.


Week four in July: Pop Dance Phenomenon
Submissions due by July 21st. Weekly Contest winners will be announced on July 24th.

The final week of July will be guest curated by Doug Fox of

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One Response to This Week’s Videodance Contest – Classroom or Stage

  1. Pingback: “Fabric of Being” | WorldWideWass

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