Aerial Dances, Screen Bodies and Emotional Materials

Weekends, 4 Sept – 3 Oct 2021

Explore how aerial dance and aerial skills can be translated for screens. Develop a making for screen practice. Led by award-winning director, writer and performer Marisa Zanotti across 4x weekend intensives in September/October. 

Participants will investigate: the role of embodied perception in filmmaking, the body as a material, how cinematic concepts of the ‘out-of-field’ invite new ways of thinking choreographically, and what new insights can be revealed through adapting pre-existing movement material.  

The course will be delivered through practical exercises, individual and group tasks online, targeted reading, and watching. The focus of feedback will be through group discussion and individual feedback in written/recorded form.

We will draw on examples from cinema, visual art and literature.

Practical discussions on this course could include: making with available technologies, filmmaking and collaboration, filmmaking with small and no budgets, the specificity of ‘being aerial’ in filmmaking, consideration of screen contexts, and the creative opportunities of working across real world and online spaces including social media sites.

Participants will be encouraged to build a bank of skills and materials towards a short project proposal.

Time Commitment

Weekend intensives: September 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and October 2-3. (Weekends excluding Sept 25-26)

On Saturday & Sunday each weekend, 10am-1pm  will be a live zoom workshop, followed by 3-hours of independent work. The work is designed to be light touch but of course the tasks can be done on other days as nec.

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. All sessions will 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.


Early Bird: £150 per person, if booked between 01 – 15 August 2021

Full Rate: £175 per person, if booked on/after 16 August 2021

Subsidised: there are 2 completely 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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