Omari ‘Motion’ Carter

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts welcomed screendance practitioner, lecturer, and body percussionist Omari ‘Motion’ Carter to campus April 7–15, 2022 through the International Visiting Artist Program (IVAP).

Omari’s residency included participation as a presenter at State of the Art: the 2022 International Symposium on Screendance (April 10–13, 2022), a guest filmmaker at the Wisconsin Film Festival (April 7–14, 2022), and a teacher, leading workshops in professional development and exploring elements of dance “Animation” (a subgenre of Popping) and body percussion.


In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ in Movers and Shakers, Wisconsin Film Festival

Saturday, April 9 at 5:15 p.m. at the Marquee, Union South
The screening was followed by a Q&A with attending filmmakers featured in the shorts block.

Group of dancers raise their arms overhead with a blue sky in the background

Dance, Film and Future Landscapes at the International Symposium on Screendance

Sunday, April 10 at 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Lathrop Hall
A live panel discussion featuring Harmony Bench, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter, Li Chiao-Ping, Gabri Christa, Charlotte Griffin, and Katrina McPherson.

Omari 'Motion' Carter headshot

Workshop - “Urban Tones: Expanding Animations”

Monday, April 11, 12:30–2:10 p.m. at 349 Lathrop Hall
A workshop exploring how ways of moving can be expanded upon to develop narrative and character-driven dance performance.

Omari raises his hand overhead and students in the background mimic his motion

Workshop - “Body Percussion Possibilities” (UW students only)

Tuesday, April 12, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at 249 Lathrop Hall
This session introduced participants to the art of body percussion in an aim to bridge the gap between dance and musical language.

Two dancers in motion, one mid-clap and the other jumping in mid-air

What is Urban Dance on Screen at the International Symposium on Screendance

Wednesday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. at Lathrop Hall
Omari explored the label of “urban” within a screendance context. Omari screened his video essay created during his study at the world's first Master's Degree in Screendance program.

Omari dancing with one foot up