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									Katrina McPherson
Dance film-maker/Director/ Producer

Curriculum Vitae

I am an award-winning video dance-maker and my work has been screened at festivals all over the world. In 2002, I received a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council to research and write a work-book for video dance. I have also directed extensive arts documentary programmes for broadcast and have a wide range of teaching and lecturing experience.

Video dance, dance documentaries and web-work 2003
Retrospective of video dance and dance documentaries directed by Katrina McPherson as part of Rotation ’03 Dance Film Festival in Helsinki, October ’03. The Truth. Directed and co-produced this half-hour dance film, commissioned by Ricochet Dance Productions and choreographed by Fin Walker (UK) and Paulo Ribeiro (Portugal). The Truth was premiered in Dundee in June 2003, had its international premiere at the Rotation ‘03 Dance Film Festival in Helsinki and its London premiere at the Curzon Soho in October 2003. 2002 Awarded Scottish Screen/DCA ‘Alt-W’ commission to develop web-based dance work Big with Simon Fildes, Crystal Pite and Ricochet Dance Company. Big launched at Dundee Contemporary Arts and featured in Javamuseum and the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art Adugna and Symphony. Filmed and directed these two documentaries for Dance United about the work of the choreographer and teacher Royston Maldoom, one in Ethiopia and the other in Holloway Women’s Prison, London. In their capacity as fund and awareness-raising films, these docs have been widely screened and have been programmed in several festivals and cinemas, including The Other Cinema in London and in Tallinn, Estonia. Sense-8, directed and co-produced this Arts Council of England ‘Capture’ dance film commission. A collaboration with choreographer Katy Dymoke and Touchdown Dance, this film was performed by sighted and visually impaired dancers and premiered at the Dance on Screen Festival in London in November 2001. Sense-8 is distributed by South East Dance Agency and has been screened at many venues around England and abroad. Most recently it was programmed as part of ‘Body in Motion’ at the Melbourne Festival of the Arts, Australia. 1999 Moment. Produced and directed this video dance made in the memory of Michele Fox. Winner of Best Screen Choreography award at IMZ International Dance Screen 2000, Monaco. Other screenings at international festivals include Moving Pictures, Toronto; Moving Pictures Tours Canada; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; Dance on Screen, London; Tangénte, Montréal, Utah Dance Festival, USA and Ultima Dance on Film in Oslo.


Moment is being toured internationally by the British Council as part of their Forward Motion programme of innovative dance films and by IMZ Dance Screen as part of their award-winners programme. 1997 Dancing, Some Days. Directed this 16mm musical drama starring Kelly Macdonald and Russell Hunter, written by Marianne Carey, choreographed by Stuart Hopps with music by Haftor Medboe. Commissioned by British Screen, the Scottish Film Production Fund and STV. Broadcast on STV and toured to many film festivals. Pace. Directed this dance film made with choreographer/performer Marisa Zanotti. Commissioned by BBC2/ Arts Council of England as part of the Dance for the Camera series. Broadcast on BBC2 and screened at many international festivals.


Live Performance
2002 Point of View. Created, with Simon Fildes, the video projections for this live work by New York choreographer Neil Greenberg for Ricochet Dance Company. POV toured extensively in England by Ricochet during 2002. Pictureshow I & II. Co-directed this multi-media performance work with Montreal choreographer Harold Rheaume, writer Marianne Carey and composer Haftor Medboe. Performances in Glasgow and in Montreal. Interrupt. Choreographed and directed this live performance work with Premiered at the Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh. video.




Colourwheel. Co-directed and made video for this live dance work with 12 televisions. A Randomoptic performance premiered at Tramway Walk On. Co-directed this live choreographic work by Randomoptic. Performances at CCA, Glasgow. Viewfinder. Co-directed and made video for this live dance work with video. Performances at CCA, Glasgow as part of the New Moves Festival. Stringfield. Co-directed this live work for prepared piano and three performers. Performances at CCA. Glasgow and the Traverse, Edinburgh. Ellipse. Directed this video dance with Vanessa Smith. Co-founded Randomoptic, a Glasgow-based video dance performance company.






I also have 10 years experience directing arts and entertainment programmes for all the major UK broadcasters and many independent production companies.
2002 Artworks Scotland: ‘Making a Monster’, Produced and directed this half hour documentary about ‘Monster’, a new opera by composer Sally Beamish and writer Janice Galloway about their new work for Scottish Opera, based on the life on Mary Shelley, writer of ‘Frankenstein.’ Broadcast on BBC Scotland on 2 & BBC4. Artworks Scotland: ‘State of the Arts’. Produced and directed this half hour, presenter lead documentary looking at the big issues behind the arts in Scotland. Broadcast on BBC Scotland on 2 in November 2001. Film 2000 with Jonathan Ross. Director on a series of BBC1’s flagship cinema review programme. Directed half hour ‘Oscar’ and ‘Cannes’ Specials. Rough Cuts. Director on BBC2 ’s weekly movie review programme. My Mackintosh. Directed five documentary shorts about the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A Hand Pict Production for Channel Four. 1998 Building a Nation. Directed and co-wrote this six part landmark series about Scotland's architecture, presented by Kirsty Wark. A Wark Clements Production for BBC Scotland on 2. Good Stuff. Series Director of London’s prime-time arts magazine for LWT, presented by Rowland Rivron and Devina McCall. 1997 Rural Rides. Three half-hour documentaries about the 19th social commentator William Cobbett presented by Brough Scott. A Wall to Wall production for Meridian. SNP Election Broadcast with David Hayman. Screened on the BBC & CH4. 1995-97 Edinburgh Nights (’95 & ‘96). Director on BBC2's magazine programme from the Edinburgh International Festival. Made films on Sam Shepard, 7/84 Theatre Company, Martha Graham Dance Company and Yvette Boszik Dance. The Big Country (’95, ’96 & ’97). Director, then Series Director of three series of this popular, prime time, action-packed sports and leisure series. A Wall to Wall production for BBC Scotland on 1. Ride On. Director on this stylish, presenter-led series about cars and the people who own them. An Ideal World Production for Channel Four. 1995 The Lumberjills. Directed this documentary short about the forgotten women of the Land Army for the ‘First Sex’ series on Channel 4. Director on two series of N.B., the flagship arts magazine series, Festival Cinema and the arts programme Don't Look Down, all for Scottish Television.




Teaching and Lecturing
I have taught extensively and have lead many workshops in video dance. Most recently I have run workshops at The Space, Dundee, City Moves, Aberdeen, Dundee Contemporary Arts and for Dance East. I have also taught under-graduate courses in Video Dance, Dance on Television, Post-modernism and Dance and Short Film Production at the University of Surrey at Roehampton, London Studio Centre and Napier University in Edinburgh. I am often asked to present and talk about my work at international dance on screen seminars, conferences and festivals.

1997 Changing Places. Awarded a bursary to train in Screen Drama directing by Scottish Film and Video Training. Dance Lab, Ottawa, Canada. Participated on a three week residency with Montreal choreographer Harold Rheaume and Le Group de la Place Royale. Dance for the Camera, Banff Centre for the Arts. Only European director to be selected for this special four week workshop. Awarded the STUC’s James Milne Memorial Fund to enable me to attend. Post-graduate diploma in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Awarded pass with commendation. BA Hons degree in Dance Theatre at Laban Centre, London. Awarded 2:1. Attended the Rudolf Steiner School of Edinburgh.




1985-‘88 1973 – ‘85

Contact: Katrina McPherson ‘Greystones’ Main Street Newtonmore Inverness-shire PH20 1DR Scotland ‘ Tel/fax: Email: Web:

01540 670 002 contact@katrina-mcpherson.co.uk


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