Katrina McPherson is an award-winning director and screendance artist whose creative, scholarly and educational work is at the forefront of the international field. She completed a degree in Dance at Laban in London in the late 1980s, followed by a post-graduate diploma in Electronic Imagining at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Since then, her forward-looking, research-driven, hybridized arts practice has resulted in, and continues to generate, films, installations and on-line works. These have been presented at many international venues and festivals. In 2002, Katrina was a recipient of the prestigious Creative Scotland Award.
Over 30 years, Katrina has collaborated with numerous international dance artists including Sang Jijia (China/Tibet), Crystal Pite (Canada), Marc Brew (UK/US), Simon Ellis (NZ/UK), Harold Rheaume (Quebec) and Kirstie Simson (UK/US). A number of works that she has directed are held in collections including Lux Artists’ Moving Image UK, Routledge’s on-line Performance Archive and the British Council. Her approach remains at the cutting edge of concepts and technology and yet of great interest to the wider public. Katrina’s most recent collaborative works explore themes of archive, memory, gaze and agency within a body-based screen practice.
Over a period of 15 years, Katrina was a director of arts programmes for UK television, making films for the BBC, STV and Channel Four. Between 2001-2015, she was co-director of Goat Media. Katrina is the author of Making Video Dance, a step-by-step guide to creating dance for the screen, (Routledge, 2006) with a new edition released in 2018. She is a Visiting Lecturer of Screendance on the MA dance course at Bath Spa University, England, on the BA and MA Dance courses at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and Visiting Instructor of Graduate Screendance at the University of Utah, USA.
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Still image from Paysages Mixted/Mixed Landscapes, a new screen work by Katrina McPherson and Harold Rheaume. Camera: Brian Hartley