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48-Hour Screendance Challenge Returns to DeSales

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski Oct 29, 2020

The Division of Performing Arts is pleased to reintroduce its annual 48-Hour Screendance Challenge. This online event will premiere at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Please note that, due to careful timing, this event will only be available starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 1. Following the event there will be a live Zoom Q&A for anyone interested.

“What we see is a private affair. A sight is received through the act of looking. It is shaped by our earliest experiences of light, space, movement, tactility, and all forms of sensation, both physically/relational and emotional, tracing our individual, unique embodiment. How do we frame our experience?” 

–Katrina McPherson, Award-winning Screendance artist (Making Video Dance, second edition, 2019)

In an effort designed to foster collaborations between the departments within the Division of Performing Arts at DeSales University, students have been working together to create a Screendance all under the constraint of time. The students have 48 hours to go through the entire process of filming and producing a Screendance, which entails: directing, rehearsing, lighting, filming, and editing.

The 48-Hour Screendance Challenge will feature five teams, and their work will be adjudicated by this year’s faculty curators, E’lise Jumes and Brian McDermott. 

“I invite you to question the world alongside us as the Screendance challenge teams embark on a creative endeavor that is a result of what this pandemic has inspired many people to do,” says Jumes.

The DeSales Division of Performing Arts’ “virtual” edition of the Fall 2020 48-Hour Screendance Challenge will feature a live Q&A with the teams after the show. Viewers are asked to please stay tuned after the performance.

The event is $5 per viewer. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Labuda Center Box Office at 610.282.3192.