Choreographers at REDCAT Discuss Bringing Dance Off Stage

Alpert Award-winning choreographers Joanna Haigood, David Rousseve and Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Dean Stephan Koplowitz visit REDCAT tonight for a panel discussion on site-specific works. They”ll discuss their practices and their far-ranging experience, demonstrated in film and video works screened by each of the three artists.

From Camille LeFevre’s “Let’s Take it Outside” in Dance Magazine:

So what is site-specific dance? The term is used to describe almost any dance performance not occurring on a concert stage, from Anna Halprin and Trisha Brown’s outdoor experiments in the 1960s and ’70s, to the multidecade, on-site oeuvres of [Debra] Loewen, Heidi Duckler, Joanna Haigood, Stephan Koplowitz, and Ann Carlson. But the one element that sets apart true site-specific work is a commitment to place. “For me, a work is site-specific when everything, including your inspiration, comes from the location so that the material itself couldn’t be done somewhere else,” says Loewen. “It’s not about choreographing something in the studio, then trimming the edges to make it fit someplace else,” she continues. “It might involve contouring and forging interesting relationships between the body and the walls or the hallways, or even the history of the place.

Earlier 24700 featured Koplowitz’s Liquid Landscapes. The video above is a site-specific dance The Shifting Cornerstone choreographed by Joanna Haigood.

Dancing on Site and on Camera
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles
Tonight (Nov. 4) at 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10, $5 students, free to CalArts students, faculty and staff

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