Dance is both a spatial and temporal art form, and artistic choices made in spatial utilization contribute not only to the stylistic profile of a dance, but also to the creation and experience of a temporarily-realized place. How do dance choreographers and performers create a sense of both embodiment and place that reflects, speaks to, or critiques the places that they encounter within contemporary culture? How do different choices made in the compositional and aesthetic use of space help create an artistic performance space that can be both inhabited and witnessed by performers and audience alike? Drawing on her extensive experience in modern and postmodern dance performance, choreography, and pedagogy, the author will explore these questions, and discuss the phenomenology of spatial utilization in contemporary American modern and postmodern dance. She will also explore different practices dance artists use to discuss and frame their inquiries on spatiality and aesthetic place, and note how these practices dialogue differently with contemporary culture.
|Keywords:||Dance, Site-Specific Dance, Performance Space, Dance and Culture, Creation of Place in Art Making, Embodied Place, Aesthetics of Space|
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dance Department, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA