TDFF is proudly supported by Teesside University, Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Dance and Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance and we are passionate about providing opportunities for education and creative exchange.
BA (Hons) Dance students from Teesside University have been assisting with TDFF from the beginning, helping with the running and organisation of events and screenings in the various regional locations. It is always a pleasure to have them on board and a great learning experience for them. Thank you.
2016 has been an exciting year for us with many more collaborations and exchanges. We have been welcomed in Mexico and the USA and have been developing relationships for further creative involvement.
In February TDFF toured Mexico along side professional videographer Jess Smith who had been invited there to screen her dance film ‘Netotiloz’
The ‘Netotiloz’ (the Aztec word meaning ‘There will be dance’) is a screendance collaboration between choreographer/videographer Jess Smith, Billingham International Folklore Festival, Teesside University School of Arts and Media and Mexican artist Carmen Avalos. The project is based on seven paintings by Carmen Avalos and features Teesside University BA (Hons) Dance students.
It explores the fusion of artistic, cultural and cross-disciplinary collaborations in a multimedia inspired piece, merging choreography, art and innovative filmmaking.
This exciting trip saw a touring programme of TDFF bieng exhibited to a new and varied audience.
In May Heike Salzer was also invited to Slippery Rock University by Jennifer Keller to host TDFF’s international programme and run workshops with the students.
We are also excited to have welcomed Ana Baer and the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado, USA, at both our 2015 and 2016 UK.