Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance
Moving Sites explores site-specific dance practice through a combination of analytical essays and practitioner accounts of their working processes. In offering this joint effort of theory and practice, it aims to provide dance academics, students and practitioners with a series of discussions that shed light both on approaches to making this type of dance practice, and evaluating and reflecting on it.
The edited volume combines critical thinking from a range of perspectives including commentary and observation from the fields of dance studies, human geography and spatial theory in order to present interdisciplinary discourse and a range of critical and practice-led lenses through which this type of work can be considered and explored. In so doing, this book addresses the following questions:
·How do choreographers make site-specific dance performance?
·What occurs when a moving body engages with site, place and environment?
·How might we interpret, analyse and evaluate this type of dance practice through a range of theoretical lenses?
·How can this type of practice inform wider discussions of embodiment, site, space, place and environment?
This innovative and exciting book seeks to move beyond description and discussion of site-specific dance as a spectacle or novelty and considers site-dance as a valid and vital form of contemporary dance practice that explores, reflects, disrupts, contests and develops understandings and practices of inhabiting and engaging with a range of sites and environments.
Dr Victoria Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Chichester.
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