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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

I Felt Her Breath On My Neck: When Audience/Performer Relations Are Blurred

The dance Happenings of the 1960ís began to redefine an already shifting relationship between audience and performers. Governing this process of redefinition was the choreographic use of space. A blurring of lines has and continues to occur in contemporary choreography between those who do and those who view. This paper explores departures from customary use of space and its effect/affect on the audience/performers relationship. It is my hope to investigate some of the following lines of inquiry: In what ways are customary uses of performance space being challenged? How does space inform the choreographic process? How does the proximity of viewer to performer alter the dance experience? At what point do spectators become performers? This topic will require a historical analysis of traditional uses of space in order to contextualize the divergence that has occurred within contemporary choreography.

Presenter: Lyndsey Vader (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)