Edition 2012

dançaemfoco reaches 10 years as the main platform for videodance in Brazil

The festival features a national retrospective, 110 hours of videodance from all over the world and receives the French achiever Gilles Toutevoix as a guest

Celebrating ten years in the forefront of this debate on dance and technology, dançaemfoco, the first Brazilian festival exclusively dedicated to it, will be held at Espaço SESC from August 27th to September 9th. Lectures, debates, workshops, a videographic installation, a book launch and the acknowledged MIV (International Videodance Selection) will be available to the public for free.


The peak at MIV is the 3-and-a-half hour retrospective of a national video selection shown throughout the event. To Paulo Caldas, founder of dançaemfoco, “MIV solidifies Brazil’s history in this field. “In the past decade, we have invested in several strategies for the development of videodance all over the country. Nowadays, a growing demand for artists and our audience expansion indicate that our efforts have worked wonders. We have the most important platform for national and international dissemination of Brazilian videodance production”, he stated. In 2012, MIV will show 90 never seen before videodance records, selected among over 200 people registered fora worldwide “call for videoworks” at the beginning of the year, showing the contemporary production of 21 countries such as Israel, Iceland, Russia, Japan and Mexico.




The festival, throughout its 10 years, has received videos coming from 20 out of 27 Brazilian states, has been to several places in the country and has already exposed the national recent production in numerous international festivals. This year, it will also exposeselections from the following international festivals: Videmovimiento (Colombia), DVDanza Habana (Cuba) and IDILL – internationaldanceonlineshort film festival – in partnership with Charleroi Danses(Belgium), Sadler's Wells (England) e GaîtéLyrique(France).

The book “EnsaiosContemporâneos de Videodança” (“Contemporary Essays on Videodance”) will be released on September 1st, with 14 essays in Portuguese – most of these never before published – written by researchers, national and international artists. This is the fifth issue that our project has put together. The other ones, trilingual, are considered international references. “Years after releasing the first publication dedicated to videodance in Brazil, we have renewed our effort to composea critical point of view about it”, stated the curator LeonelBrum. The book, edited by Aeroplano(publisher), is sponsored by the Prefecture of Rio de Janeiro, through the 2011 announcement from FADA (a fund to support Dance)

Gilles Toutevoixis the international guest this year. Besides designing/developing avideodance installation at the entrance to Espaço SESC, he will deliver a lecture to the public at large and offer a workshop for free along with Virginia Spallarossa, an Italian choreographer. To Eduardo Bonito, responsible for the international section, the coming of foreign performers promotes the exchange of ideas and experimentation of new concepts and realities. “We have already held, in the past 10 years, 50 workshops conducted by guests from 13 countries, Bonito emphasized/highlighted.

As well as Toutevoix and Spallarosa, dancer Ricky Seabra will deliver a brief workshop at Espaço SESC. Dançaemfocowill still promote other two workshops of two months duration given by the artist Marcus Moraes and the dancer Luciana Ponso, at CCo(Rio de Janeiro’s choreographicalcentre). All the workshops are for free, each one with seating capacity for 25 people. Registration is open until August 12th on the event’s website dancaemfoco.com.br. Our schedule concludes with “Dialogues”featuring not only Mauro Trindade (researcher) andKatya Gualter (professor), but also Felipe Ribeiro and Ricky Seabra (artists). “The diversity of activities we propose reflects our interest in presenting many ways to promote the encounter of body and soul, which are not restricted to videodance. More than a festival, it is a project that expands itself through various activities, formats, welcomes productions from anywhere in the world and allows Brazilian productions to be seen worldwide, producer Regina Levy explained.

In this atmosphere of celebrations, we took the opportunity to release our new website, sponsored by the Government and the Culture Committee of Rio de Janeiro, through the announcementMídia Digital 2011. In 2012, dançaemfoco, counts on SESC Rio and French consulate support, not to mention the patronage of the Prefecture for the book and the workshops at CCo.


10º dançaemfoco - Festival Internacional de Vídeo&Dança
(International Festival of Video and Dance)
From August 27th to September 9th
Espaço SESC – 107, Domingos Ferreira Street – Copacabana
Free entrance

MIV – Mostra Internacional de Videodança
Video and multipurpose rooms
Thursday from 6 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 pm, Sunday from 4 to 8 pm

Gilles Toutevoix’s Lecture
August 30th, 7 pm –open to the public

September 1st, at 7 pm – Mauro Trindade and Katya Gualter
September 8th, at 7pm – Felipe Ribeiro and Ricky Seabra
Open to the public

Book launch: “EnsaiosContemporâneos de Videodança” (“Contemporary essays on vieodance”)
September 1st, at 8:30pm

Free workshops (25 people capacity)
Registration is now CLOSED


“Um certoolhar” (A Certain Look) with GillesToutevoix (France) and Virginia Spallarosa (Italy)
From August 27th to 31st (Monday to Friday) – from 9 am to 1 pm and on September 1st (Saturday), from 2 to 6 pm

"Vídeo Artesanal / Corpo Técnico" (tradução pendente)with Ricky Seabra
From September 3rd to 7th (Monday to Friday) – 9am to 1pm

Coreographical Centre (CCo): 115 Jose Higino Street, Tijuca)

“Videodance– projects development” with Marcus Moraes (RJ). Fom September 5th to October 25th every Wednesday (6 to 9 pm)

“Videodance, an approach”, with Luciana Ponso (RJ). From September 6th to October 26th – every Thursday (6 to 9pm)