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By Victoria Hunter

Moving Sites explores site-specific dance perform via a mixture of analytical essays and practitioner bills in their operating strategies. In supplying this joint attempt of idea and perform, it goals to supply dance teachers, scholars and practitioners with a sequence of discussions that shed mild either on ways to creating this kind of dance perform, and comparing and reflecting on it.

The edited quantity combines severe considering from a number of views together with remark and statement from the fields of dance experiences, human geography and spatial concept with a purpose to current interdisciplinary discourse and a variety of severe and practice-led lenses in which this kind of paintings will be thought of and explored. In so doing, this booklet addresses the subsequent questions:

· How do choreographers make site-specific dance performance?

· What happens whilst a relocating physique engages with web site, position and environment?

· How may possibly we interpret, examine and assessment this kind of dance perform via quite a number theoretical lenses?

· How can this sort of perform tell wider discussions of embodiment, website, area, position and environment?

This leading edge and fascinating ebook seeks to maneuver past description and dialogue of site-specific dance as a spectacle or novelty and considers site-dance as a sound and important type of modern dance perform that explores, displays, disrupts, contests and develops understandings and practices of inhabiting and fascinating with a number websites and environments.

Dr Victoria Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Dance on the collage of Chichester.

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Personal construction of space can be located as occurring at the point of interaction with environments and implies both an epistemological and physical approach to experiencing space. Bloomer and Moore (1977) develop the discussion of ‘inside’ space by focusing on the more physical and anatomical elements of the experiencing process. They argue that our sense of internal space is created by a physical sense of space within the body. For example, in the common perception of the heart as the ‘centre’ of the body, referring to the heart and other major organs as ‘landmarks’: ‘The heart, with its auditory and rhythmic presence, exemplifies the phenomenon of an internal landmark acquiring a universal spatial meaning in adult life’ (Bloomer and Moore 1977: 30).

Fraleigh, S. (1987) Dance and The Lived Body: A descriptive aesthetics, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Hall, M. T. (1975) The Fourth Dimension In Architecture: The impact of building on behaviour, Santa Fe, Mexico: Sunstone Press. Heidegger, Ma. (1962) Being and Time, London: Blackwell Publishing. Hill, L. and Paris, H. (2006) (eds), Performance and Place, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Houston, A. ) Environmental and Site-Specific Theatre, Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press.

Similarly, the work of spatial theorist Henri Lefebvre challenges artists to consider the rhythmic nature of space and spatial organisation alongside embodied notions of ‘socially’ and ‘personally’ constructed space (1974: 7). Michel De Certeau’s discussion of walking through the city as an embodied practice and his definition of space as a ‘practiced place’ (1984: 117) and Mildred and Edward T. Halls’ (1975) discussion of the ‘transaction’ between humankind and their environment serve to further develop understandings of environmental engagement occurring at the point of interaction between individual and site.

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