Title

Site Specific Project

Presenter Information

Katelyn White

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Dance, Site Specific, Creative

Abstract

This work is from the choreography class in which I had to create and perform a movement phrase in a location on campus. Creating this project really challenged me as a choreographer because we had to learn to work with objects in the environment while using at least five compositional devices. Growing up a dancer, there was always music to dance with; however, in this project we had to use the background noise of our location as accompaniment. There is no meaning behind this dance. When I chose my site, near the green house facing D Street, I was trying to imagine movement that would compliment the trees, the bench, or the light pole. There were some aspects that were almost overwhelming because I had so many options in the space with which to work. One thing that helped me create this dance was focusing on the fun aspects. When I am told what I need to create I get stressed, but remembering simple things like playing in the park as a child really helped me. I focused on accumulation, dynamic variation, active stillness, and acceleration and began to have fun with simple movements, such as running from a tree to the light pole and spinning around. At one point, I sat down on a bench and began to play and from there I was able to complete my dance.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Crystal Fullmer

Department/Program

Business Administration

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School & Public Health

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Site Specific Project

SURC Ballroom A

This work is from the choreography class in which I had to create and perform a movement phrase in a location on campus. Creating this project really challenged me as a choreographer because we had to learn to work with objects in the environment while using at least five compositional devices. Growing up a dancer, there was always music to dance with; however, in this project we had to use the background noise of our location as accompaniment. There is no meaning behind this dance. When I chose my site, near the green house facing D Street, I was trying to imagine movement that would compliment the trees, the bench, or the light pole. There were some aspects that were almost overwhelming because I had so many options in the space with which to work. One thing that helped me create this dance was focusing on the fun aspects. When I am told what I need to create I get stressed, but remembering simple things like playing in the park as a child really helped me. I focused on accumulation, dynamic variation, active stillness, and acceleration and began to have fun with simple movements, such as running from a tree to the light pole and spinning around. At one point, I sat down on a bench and began to play and from there I was able to complete my dance.