Dance companies across Atlanta have left behind traditional performance venues and use the city as their stage. This is site-specific dance, where the space is as important as the performers within it.
Some examples are gloATL, a live public art platform. Some of its shows are almost like processionals, where audience members must follow the dancers down blocks of the city. Or, there was T Lang's recent piece at Fort McPherson, which delved into love lost and found.
ArtsAtl contributor Cynthia Bond Perry recently wrote about the history of site-specific dance in Atlanta. Specifically, she delved into the life of Dorothy Alexander. Along with founding what would become Atlanta Ballet, Perry contends that Alexander set a precedent for site-specific dance in Atlanta with her massive outdoor performance called “Heirs of the Ages.”
Perry spoke with WABE's Lois Reitzes about her article in ArtsAtl called “Where Dorothy Danced: How a young artist made a place for dance in Atlanta.” Perry will also be moderating a conversation tonight with Emory Dance Program Director Lori Teague, D Patton White of Beacon Dance and CORE, Lee Harper and Lauri Stallings of gloATL. They will discuss the history of site-specific dance in Atlanta. That event is at the Woodruff Library on Emory University’s campus at 7 p.m.