By Victoria Hunter
Moving Sites explores site-specific dance perform via a mixture of analytical essays and practitioner debts in their operating tactics. In supplying this joint attempt of conception and perform, it goals to supply dance teachers, scholars and practitioners with a chain of discussions that shed mild either on methods to creating this sort of dance perform, and comparing and reflecting on it.
The edited quantity combines serious considering from a number of views together with remark and remark from the fields of dance stories, human geography and spatial conception which will current interdisciplinary discourse and a variety of severe and practice-led lenses during which this sort of paintings may be thought of and explored. In so doing, this ebook addresses the next questions:
· How do choreographers make site-specific dance performance?
· What happens whilst a relocating physique engages with web site, position and environment?
· How may we interpret, examine and evaluation this kind of dance perform via various theoretical lenses?
· How can this kind of perform tell wider discussions of embodiment, website, area, position and environment?
This cutting edge and interesting ebook seeks to maneuver past description and dialogue of site-specific dance as a spectacle or novelty and considers site-dance as a legitimate and important kind of modern dance perform that explores, displays, disrupts, contests and develops understandings and practices of inhabiting and interesting with a number websites and environments.
Dr Victoria Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Dance on the collage of Chichester.
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Lawson describes architectural and urban spaces as: ‘Containers to accommodate, separate, structure and organize, facilitate, heighten, and even celebrate human spatial behaviour’ (2001: 4) Here, Lawson is referring to a degree of architectural ‘control’ examined later. Constructed environments inevitably provide us with a wealth of formal and informal spatial information. While we may not consciously be aware of their impact upon our perception of space, Lawson explains how our brains prioritise these elements over others when later attempting to recreate a space in our ‘mind’s eye’.
While recognising the concept of the ‘architect as author’ it is also important to avoid the intentionalist assumption that a ‘closed’ or ‘fixed’ reading of any particular space is achievable or indeed desirable. Lefebvre argues that spaces themselves construct meanings (albeit influenced by the 30 Victoria Hunter intentions of the architect/planner): ‘a space is not a thing, but rather a set of relations between things (objects and products)’ (Lefebvre 1991: 83). This suggests that constructed environments are not simply empty, passive spaces; instead they actively engage with their contents, users, contexts, and environments to construct meanings.
A sense of motion and bodily awareness is invoked, allowing comparison of the scale of the structure with our own human form. Yi-Fu Tuan in Topophilia (1974) argues that the very words we use to describe certain spaces and environments imply a kinaesthetic relationship: The existence of a kinaesthetic relationship between certain physical forms and human feelings is implied in the verbs we use to describe them. For example, mountain peaks and man-made spires ‘soar’, ocean waves as well as architectural domes ‘swell’.