Southeastern to present site specific choreography
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is offering site-specific choreography as a full semester course for the first time.
“Throughout the semester, the students will create four different types of site-specific dances,” said Martie Fellom, Woman’s Hospital Endowed Professorship in Humanities and Southeastern Fine and Performing Arts professor. “Arts journalist Camille LeFevre said, ‘A dance is site specific when the choreographer receives her spatial dictation, directions for audience placement, and theatrical inspiration from the site itself; in turn, the site becomes the framework for or map of the dance.’”
Fellom said that the students’ goal was to select a campus site and examine the site through their senses: site, sound, feeling, etc.
“From those investigations aligned with the architecture of the site, the students began to develop a movement vocabulary specifically using the site to inform the choreography,” Fellom said.
Three site dances will be presented on Thursday, September 8, with each lasting approximately 10 minutes.
The first performance on Sept. 8 is scheduled in the Student Union Park at 11:05 a.m. Choreographers and performers are Averi Harris, Slidell; Stephanie Hughes, New Orleans; Shaina-Lin Lewis, Mt. Hermon; and Mandy Tracy, Watson.
The second site is scheduled at the bass clef performance circle, on the west side of Pottle Auditorium, at 11:30 a.m. Choreographers and performers include Claire Draper, Folsom; Kaitlyn Blanchard, Roseland; Brandi Kenworthey, Abita Springs; and Taylor Rook, Gretna.
The final site performance of the day is scheduled in Clark Hall lobby and outside the building at 11:50 a.m. Choreographers and performers are Kyle Berry, Slidell; Destini Hano, Pine; Holly Lenzen, Lacombe; and Nadie Turner, Gretna.
Should it rain Sept. 8, the performances will be held on Sept. 13. For more information, contact Fellom at firstname.lastname@example.org.