Aerial Dances, Screen Bodies and Emotional Materials

Aerial Dances, Screen Bodies and Emotional Materials
Sundays, 17 Oct – 7th Nov 2021, 10am-1pm

Are you interested in putting your work online, on film or on screen? Do you ever wonder if you get more creative with your aerial/acrobatic/dance films and posts?
This super affordable in-person, online aerial and dance for camera course, led by award-winning director, writer and performer Marisa Zanotti across 4x weekend intensives, 17th October  – 7th November 2021 is just the ticket.
Drawing on examples from cinema, visual art and literature the course will explore how dance and aerial  skills can be translated for screens.

Delivered through practical exercises, individual and group tasks online, targeted reading, and watching we’ll explore lo-fi opportunities and hacks and how to bust through the screen to keep your audience with you.
Plus plenty of space for discussion, and delving into how aerial skills and bodies in-flight are represented in culture over time.

Time Commitment

On Sunday 17th, 24th, 31st Oct and 7th Nov 2021 from 10am – 1pm, there will be a live zoom workshop, followed by 3-hours of independent task based exercises. These are optional and might be explored on the same day as the workshop or at a time that suits your schedule.

You will get the most out of the course if you can commit to and attend all the live zoom sessions but since we also want to encourage International participation sessions will also be recorded.


It is recommended that participants have access to:

  • a camera (a mobile phone camera is fine)
  • a computer that is capable of running some kind of edit software
  • Marisa will recommend a free edit software to be used.
Who’s It For?

People who have previous experience in making screen work

Those who have never picked up a camera or edited before

People with experience of aerial skills or vertical/aerial dance harness.

The course invites artists who are interested in creatively developing filming and directing strategies that grow from their individual choreographic and dance practices. Participants will be encouraged to build a bank of skills and materials towards a short project proposal.

Full Rate: £175 per person.

Subsidised:  There are 2 subsidised places available for those who identify as underrepresented in the aerial sector, including but not limited to, disabled artists, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists who experience racism, artists with care responsibilities and artists who are LGBTQIA+.

Places are limited to 16 participants to enable personalised feedback and available on a first come first served basis.


To book, email us with a short description of the equipment you use and why you would like to take part in the course (roughly 500 characters).

To apply for a subsidised place, please email us with a description of yourself in relation to the criteria and a short description of the equipment you use and why you would like to take part in the course (roughly 500 characters).

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Course Tutor

Marisa Zanotti (Brighton/Glasgow), is an award winning screen artist who has been exploring ideas around bodies, screens and perception through analogue and digital technologies since the 1980s in many different kinds of projects.

The making of her work often entails ways of testing and expanding screen technologies through choreographic practices and approaches. Her work is informed by her background in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practices.

Since 2012, Marisa has been interested in creating work that moves audiences between online spaces and platforms and real world sites. She has made both VR and AR and is a specialist in adapting and developing choreography and performance for screens. She has adapted work by choreographers Lea Anderson and Ben Wright to camera as well as making original screen dance work.

Outside of dance her first short film was BAFTA and BIFA nominated, she has a long term artistic partnership with the editor Ian Ballantyne and she is currently writing the drama series Spirit Merchants with Andrew Broadley.

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