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This course will look into the process of creating live site-specific choreography/performance works from conception, production to performance. Site-specific dance/performance is work created in response to a particular place, site, inspired by its architecture/design, the history and current use. We will investigate urban, architectural and environmental inspired site projects ranging from large-scale to small (guerrilla) style productions. We will delineate definitions of site-specificity, and look across the history of the field, focusing primarily on dance.
Specific techniques and approaches towards generating site inspired choreography, developed over the last 25 years by site artist Stephan Koplowitz will be introduced. Aspects of navigating technical issues (lighting, sound, media) including a primer on producing (budgeting, obtaining permissions, insurance, fundraising, audience/event design) will also be covered.