Performance and Creative Reseach
Site Specific or Place Specific Dance? An investigation in how site specific dance encounters with the ideas of place and space and the possibilities for the production of place specific works.
This essay aims to investigate the idea of site specificity in dance and the way the notion of place, site or space have been used from site specific artists.
The notions of space and place shall be challenged in relation to the way they have been treated by different site specific artists and the different possible meanings different scholars have ascribed to them.
A discussion will follow as to whether some of the site specific works can still be addressed as site specific when a different concept of space and place is followed. The second point of investigation is the possibility of a site specific work being moveable and again how is this possibility linked or not with the different notions of space and place which have emerged through the previous discussion.
The important insights related to the notion of place and space have been contributed by scholars from different fields such as postmodern theorists, geographers and other artistic fields such as visual arts and theatre. Drawing on from different scholars criteria, such as Doreen Massey (2005), Lucy Lippard (1997), Kwon Miwon (2002), and artists criteria as Melanie Kloetzel an Carolyl Pavlik (2009) have discussed in their book, of what site, space or place is, possibility of site specific dance becoming place specific work, will be investigated through practical research. The questions raised throughout the essay and subject for investigation are: How the movement is affected from the place when one encounters with it in a non-colonized way and how much of that movement changes and develops when performed in the place at three consecutive days at different times of the day? A potential question would be how much of the place will change due to this encounter with the moving body of the dancer.