Screendance in the Landscape workshop

with Katrina McPherson

EAsdale Island, Scotland

Sat 31 August - Friday 6 September 2019

Screendance in the Landscape Workshop on Easdale Island, 2018

Screendance in the Landscape Workshop on Easdale Island, 2018

After the success of the workshop in 2018, I am delighted to announce that we will run another Screendance in the Landscape workshops on Easdale Island during 2019. This 5-day residential workshops are a rare opportunity to spend an immersive and concentrated time engaging with the creative, aesthetic and practical possibilities of making dance for the screen, amidst the stunning and inspiring landscape of Scotland’s West Coast. The focus of the teaching will be filming in the landscape and I will once again be joined by my brother photographer Colin McPherson, who will share his 25-years of landscape and people-based image making to support and enhance the experience for participants on the course.

On Easdale, Katrina will lead the group in a mixture of practical exercises, both collaborative and individual, designed to encourage exploration, skill-acquisition and inquiry into the form. Opportunities will be created through: facilitated exercises; research of proposed themes; open time for play and experimentation; pushing boundaries while searching for new possibilities; and the opportunity for students to create and share their own work.

As well as exploring the creative possibilities offered by the natural landscape, Katrina is interested in sharing her observations around the nature of the dancing, embodied camera, and the inter-changing role of dancer and camera, the observer and the observed, while filming and dancing.

Places are limited to 5 participants per workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  

Course cost:  £750 for full tuition, board (single room in a luxury cottage on the Island) and all meals.  Early bird rate (before 1st March 2019) = £725.

Accommodation and food are included in the price of the workshop. All meals are provided (vegetarian) and special diets can be catered for (vegan/gluten free). Accommodation is on the Island, in comfortable and modern cottages that look out over the Firth of Lorne to the neighbouring island of Mull and each participant will have their own separate bedroom, with shared kitchen and bathroom.

 The ultimate aim of the week is to give you a break from your daily activities and to allow you to benefit from the physical and mental space to focus on making new work, exploring new possibilities, and forging new friendships, connections and collaborations, living in comfort in the most beautiful of landscapes. Participants can bring their own cameras and laptops to use, however equipment in the form of DSLR cameras and extensive lenses plus gimble will be provided.

 In addition to the workshop fee, your only additional cost is travel to and from Oban from where we will transport you to the beautiful island of Easdale, via a 20-minute car and 3 minute boat ride from the train station.

For more information, and to book your place with a deposit of £75, please contact: Colin McPherson at

 As Easdale Island is only accessible by a small boat and there are no smooth roads or pathways on the island which means sadly this particular workshop venue is not suitable for wheelchair-users, however other disabilities can be supported.

Screendance in the Landscape Workshop on Easdale Island, 2018.

Screendance in the Landscape Workshop on Easdale Island, 2018.

Feedback from participants on the 2018 workshop on Easdale Island:

The combination of physical exercises, technique, exercises in groups and time on your own with the dancers was great, as well as the recurrent catch-ups of reflection and feedback. Helen, Sweden.

I have no hesitation in absolutely recommending the course to all. Colin is a master chef and meal times were lovely. Mary, Ireland.

My confidence has grown since the workshop and I can’t wait to do more with Screendance. I was never afraid to ask questions even if it seemed obvious or silly. They would answer questions thoroughly making sure that you understand. Courtney, England.

Katrina and Colin are a good team! Really enjoyed the movement workshops in the hall, dancing in nature, watching through all of Katrina’s films in the cottage, and playing with new lenses and gimble. Lewis, Scotland.

Easdale Island, Scotland. Image: Colin McPherson.

Easdale Island, Scotland. Image: Colin McPherson.