(Re)Positioning Site Dance

Local Acts, Global Perspectives

Edited by Karen Barbour, Vicky Hunter, and Melanie Kloetzel

(Re)Positioning Site Dance

Edited by Karen Barbour, Vicky Hunter, and Melanie Kloetzel

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

300 pages | 49 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2019
Cloth $98.50 ISBN: 9781783209989 Published July 2019
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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"[Barbour, Hunter, and Kloetzel] have pooled their estimable talents as writers and their vast knowledge of site dance into this valuable examination of, to paraphrase the subtitle, local acts reflecting global perspectives in dance. The authors bear witness to performers who emphasize complex interactions of citizens, dancer, and place. Viewing their subject through the prism of site dance techniques in three regions (Europe, North America, and the Oceania-Pacific), the authors examine cultural, political, ecological, and economic issues faced by citizens of those areas. The useful introduction will provide clarity even for those with little familiarity with site dance and its issues. The contents are divided into three sections—"Historical Lineages and Contemporary Concerns," "Practice into Theory," and "Moving towards the Global"—each of which comprises three chapters, one by each author. The text is well written and well researched, and the authors include evocative images that inspire deeper appreciation of the form. Readers interested in dance's engagement in community will find many rewards in this volume. . . . Recommended."
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