(Re)Positioning Site Dance (Book)

Local Acts, Global Perspectives

Site-based dance performance and sited movement explorations implicate dance makers, performers, and audience members in a number of dialogical processes between body, site, and environment. This book aims to articulate international approaches to the making, performing, and theorizing of site-based dance. Drawing on perspectives from three practitioner-academics based in three distinct world regions--Europe, North America, and Oceania--the authors explore a range of practices that engage with socio-cultural, political, ecological, and economic discourses, and demonstrate how these discourses both frame and inform processes of site dance making as well as shape the ways in which such interventions are conceived and evaluated. Intended for artists, scholars, and students, (Re)Positioning Site Dance is an important addition to the theoretical discourse on place and performance in an era of global socio-political and ecological transformation.

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Site-based dance performance and sited movement explorations implicate dance makers, performers, and audience members in a number of dialogical processes between body, site, and environment. This book aims to articulate international approaches to the making, performing, and theorizing of site-based dance. Drawing on perspectives from three practitioner-academics based in three distinct world regions--Europe, North America, and Oceania--the authors explore a range of practices that engage with socio-cultural, political, ecological, and economic discourses, and demonstrate how these discourses both frame and inform processes of site dance making as well as shape the ways in which such interventions are conceived and evaluated. Intended for artists, scholars, and students, (Re)Positioning Site Dance is an important addition to the theoretical discourse on place and performance in an era of global socio-political and ecological transformation.

Associate Professor Karen Barbour is a dance researcher, educator and artist based at The University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research is based in choreographic practice with a focus on feminist choreography, site dance, digital dance and collaboration.

Dr. Victoria Hunter is a Practitioner-Researcher and Lecturer in Dance at the University Chichester. Her research is practice based and explores site-specific dance and performance and examines the body’s phenomenological engagement with space and place through a consideration of the individual’s corporeal, spatial and kinetic engagement with their environment.

Melanie Kloetzel is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Prior to this appointment, she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Dance at Idaho State University from 2004-2007. Her research interests include site-specific performance, dance on film, human geography, arts and sustainability, and experimental compositional strategies.

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