Working Site-Specifically, Developing A Sense of Place

July 21, 2010

One of the more exciting elements of A Sense of Place (which is on SATURDAY, whoa!). Is working within the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater. Our original intention for this project, was to purchase a portable dance floor and use that on the concrete stage in the amphitheater. The costs for that were prohibitive (this year!), but in coming to terms with that we discovered a wonderful opportunity. The event is about home, space, place and community, so why not use the space in the creation of the dances? Each choreographer has utilized a specific space within the amphitheater for their piece and the audience (read: community) will change positions in the space to view the piece. The community is involved and the space is a part of the piece. While I have been working on a duet (Dirt: this is my body) in a corner of the amphitheater from the start, and I have been rehearsing as a dancer in Stephanie Ritchie-Logan’s piece (2.4 Time Enough), the sense of place really came home to me last night while we were rehearsing EveryBody Dances. The set, created by artists from The Starving Artist, the grass and sun, and the shape of the space all brought the piece together for me in a new way. It was exciting to see. EveryBody Dances has all kinds of playful movement (we’ve explored images of bees, contra-dance, tribal circle dances etc.) and wonderful, dancer-created partner work that examines home and connection. Within the grassy space with the trees and sky above, the sense of play and joy is magnified. It is an exciting experience, and one that I am eager to share.

Note: The best way to access the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater for the July 24th event, is to drive up Roxbury Street (away from downtown Keene) and take a left at Resevoir Rd. There is a parking lot there where you can park for the event. Please walk past the lake and up the steps (there will be signs) to the amphitheater. We ask that you bring a pick nick dinner and come at 6pm to view the art exhibit. The dance concert will begin at 7pm (the pieces are all site-specific, so the audience will be moving through the space). Stay after for a free community contra-dance from 9-10! Please take anything that you bring with you when you leave.

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