Practical Aerial Dance for Camera Intensive

Sat 28 – Sun 29 August 2021

Delve into the practicalities for developing aerial dance for screen language in-person over 2-days at Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Brighton, with screen dance and circus arts film supremos Marisa Zanotti and Mark Morreau.

Look at how aerial skills, vertical dance and bodies in-flight are represented in painting, early film, television, and cinema, by aerial artists on social media.

Discuss screen context, existing culture, location and relationships to screen dance.

Practically explore documentation strategies, technical set ups, lo fi opportunities and hacks, and the practical considerations for development of future projects and collaborations.

The weekend will be divided into areas of discussion, movement and practical screen experiments, both indoors and outdoors, and will be moulded and aligned to the interests of the attending participants.

Time Commitment

2-day practical intensive on Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 August 2021


It is recommended that participants have access to:

  • a camera (a mobile phone camera is fine).
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.

There will be an opportunity for simple aerial equipment to be rigged indoors but must be agreed with Lindsey in advance. Vertical dance lines will still be in place both indoors and out from the 5-day vertical dance lab.


Early Bird discount: £75 per person, if booked on/before 31 July 2021
Full Rate: £100 per person, if booked on/after 1 August
Subsidised: there are 2 completely subsidised places available for those who identify as underrepresented in the aerial sector.


To book, email us with a short expression of why you would like to take part in the intensive (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 expression of why you would like to take part in the intensive (roughly 500 characters).


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Daily schedule:

9.30am – Registration, C19 monitoring, temperature checks
10 -12.30 Morning session
12.30-1.30pm –  Lunch
1.30 -4.00pm – Afternoon session

Getting there:
By train

Trains from Brighton or Lewes take less than 10 mins to get to the station nearest ACCA – Falmer – and they run aprox every 15 mins. Walk from Falmer station to ACCA is less than 5 mins, follow signs to University of Sussex.

From Brighton: exit train station, descend steps, walk through the underpass and follow the footpath until you reach a zebra crossing. You’ll be able to see ACCA set back across the lawn on your left, its the building with round red brick towers.

From Lewes: cross the footbridge over the track to the main exit, follow directions as above.

By bus

The number 25 and 25X bus bring you from central Brighton all the way to the University campus. Alight at the ACCA and Sports Centre stop and you will see the ACCA building – with round red brick towers – through a stretch of tall trees on the lawn.

Course Tutors

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.

“It strikes me that the body defying / resisting gravity or appearing to inhabit another space with different spatial rules, invites different artistic responses, documentation strategies and technical set ups.

I think there is a very good discussion around screen context, culture and location and relationships to screendance in relation to the potential of aerial specific screen language, technologies created/hacked for responding to artistic intentions and practical considerations in relation to operators and collaborations that can be developed.”Marisa


Mark Morreau is a freelance digital artist, filmmaker, photographer and performer, specialising in work for circus, physical theatre and dance.

Mark has been involved in the performing arts for most of his life. He trained at Fooltime in Bristol (before it became Circomedia), and Circus Space, London (before it became National Centre for Circus Arts). He performed with Snapdragon Circus, NoFit State Circus and The Generating Company. Mark has been involved with the Circus Space / National Centre for Circus Arts since it opened its doors in 1990.

In 2003, injury forced Mark to hang up his leotard and focus on his video and photography skills. Mark‘s former career informs his current work as a video/photographer in that he has an intuitive empathy with performers and theatre companies and so understands their image requirements.

Mark has worked with acclaimed aerial and arts companies and organisations including Gravity & Levity, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, The Liminal Space, Natalie Inside Out, and Arts Admin. He received the National Centre for Circus Arts Labtime Squared award, was Artists in Residence at Access Space and achieved Distinction in MA Digital Theatre at Wimbledon College of Art in 2016 (where he investigated technological interaction as an adjunct to storytelling and circus).


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