Introducing Samuel James

Samuel JamesSydney-based filmmaker, Samuel James joins the Dance Integrated Australia line up for the third annual Beyond Technique Residency at Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale property. This all-inclusive contemporary dance residency provides opportunities for creative exchange with artists from around the globe.

The project is being led by Creative Director, Philip Channells in collaboration with Laure Bachelot, James Brown, Samuel James, Lee-Anne Litton, Katina Olsen, Kellie O’Dempsey and Dominc Rado and emerging / established dance artists from across Australia and abroad.

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I am very much looking forward to developing mobile projection works that function within the modular design of the Boyd Education Centre and to work specifically with each performer on creating visual narratives that enhance their devised pieces. These projections could be colorful moods, dream objects or resonant environmental images that work with the choreography. I see these images punctuating the architecture and being articulated by the sounds and movements of the performers. Samuel James

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Samuel James has been a projection designer for contemporary performance companies and independent dancers for twenty years. His focus is collaborating with independent dancers, making projections for live works, installations and dance films. As video artist he has been involved in over 200 performance works including Nun’s Night Out (winner Best Dance Film, Australian Dance Awards 2006), The Piper (My Darling Patricia, Sydney Festival 2014 – winner Best Children’s Theatre Sydney Theatre Awards 2014), GUDIRR GUDIRR (Marrugeku, Dance Massive 2013), My Radio Heart (NORPA and Urban Theatre Projects 2014) and Hiding in Plain Sight 2014 (choreographer Narelle Benjamin – winner Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Australian Dance Awards 2015).

He has been a regular projection designer for De Quincey Co, My Darling Patricia and as filmmaker for Marrugeku on their last four works. He has also been a close collaborator with most of Sydney’s independent dancers based at Performance Space over the last fourteen years. He has received five Australia Council New Media and Visual Arts grants for collaborative projects and had international residencies in Rekjavik, Finland, Glasgow, Berlin and Calcutta where he developed dance video works, notably Vivaria, a four channel dance video installation commissioned by Reeldance touring in Mobile States in 2011.

He held a large scale exhibition at Artspace Sydney, curated by Blair French (Amygdala – Fear Conditioning 2010), a multi-channel installation curated by Bec Dean (Nightshifters Performance Space, 2010) and a site specific video installation in Minto, NSW curated by Rosie Dennis (Dream Shelving Campbelltown Arts Centre 2011). He completed a Masters by Research at COFA UNSW on Digital Animism, producing the work Artifact Cartoons (2012), animations of the secret life of plants, which travelled to Broken Hill Art Exchange and Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns.

Other projection design works are Buru (Marrugeku, Broome 2010), In Glass (choreographer Narelle Benjamin, Sydney Opera House and Malthouse 2011) Nightgarden (My Darling Patricia, Artshouse 2009), Embrace: Flashpoints (De Quincey Co, Calcutta, India 2008), and Dictionary of Atmospheres (De Quincey Co, Alice Springs, 2005).

His works have been screened in dance film festivals in Cinedans Amsterdam, VideoDansa Barcelona, Dança em Foco Rio de Janiero, Tansfilm Wetbewerb Berlin, Video Danza Buenos Aires, MediaTerra Athens, Reeldance in Australia and NZ and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York.

Photo: Timothy Constable

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, AMP Foundation and Bundanon Trust. This project is endorsed by the World Dance Alliance. Dance Integrated Australia is an Associate Organisation of Ausdance NSW 2016 – 2018.
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