On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation

On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation

by Stephan Koplowitz
On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation

On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation

by Stephan Koplowitz


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On Site: Methods for Site-Specific Performance Creation is a practical book for artists and students at all levels who create or are learning to create making sited dance works. Author Stephan Koplowitz covers specific, hands-on strategies for an array of issues to consider before, during, and after embarking upon a project, including site selection, procuring permits, designing the audience experience, researching and exploring a site for inspiration and content, differences in urban and natural environments, definitions of key production roles, building effective collaborations with artists, and techniques to generate site-inspired production elements such as sound/music, costumes, lighting, and media. He also offers helpful chapters on project budgeting, contract negotiation, fundraising, marketing, documentation, and assessment.

Based on the author's career spanning over 30 years of site-specific creation, the book also includes the voices of over 24 other artists, producers, and writers who share their perspectives and experiences on the many topics covered. A guide designed to make site work practical, intentional, and attainable, On Site will become a well-worn reference for anyone interested in the creative process and discovering the power of site-specific works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780197515242
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/22/2022
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 10.07(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Stephan Koplowitz is an award-winning director/ choreographer/media artist working on stage, film, and site. He has created 92 works produced in the US, Europe, and Asia. Awards include the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship, New York "Bessie" Award, six NEA Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship. After 23 years in NYC working as an educator and artist, Koplowitz was appointed dean/faculty of dance at the California Institute of the Arts (2006- 2016). Koplowitz has a degree in music from Wesleyan University and an MFA in choreography from the University of Utah. He currently resides in NYC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Motivations and Definitions

1. How Do We Start?
Chapter 1 What Motivates Site Selection
Chapter 2 Permissions, Permits and Insurance
Chapter 3 Designing the Event, Staging the Audience
Chapter 4 The Site as Inspiration for Your Work

3. Fueling Your Vision
Chapter 5 Staffing Key Production Roles
Chapter 6 Negotiating Fee and Contract
Chapter 7 Planning Your Planning Budget
Chapter 8 Fundraising for Your Artistic Plan: A Short Primer

4. Creating/Generating Content
Chapter 9 Staging, Placing Your Work in a Site (one method)
Chapter 10 Site Content and Process
Chapter 11 Collaboration and Collaborative Elements

5. Creative and Production Challenges
Chapter 12 Rehearsal Process
Chapter 13 Rehearsal Safety
Chapter 14 Creating for Physically Integrated Casts and Accessibility

6. More Challenges from the Real World
Chapter 15 Working with a Set Budget after Fundraising
Chapter 16 Promoting and Marketing the Work
Chapter 17 Documentation
Chapter 18 Assessment

7. Epilogue
Chapter 19 Last, Last Thoughts

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