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Melanie Kloetzel and Carolyn Pavlik

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034003

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034003.001.0001

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Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig

Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig

(p.217) 11 Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig
Site Dance

Melanie Kloetzel

Carolyn Pavlik

University Press of Florida

Patrick Widrig and Sara Pearson—artistic directors of the Pearson–Widrig Dance Theater, a company that holds workshops and performances across the world—have invested their efforts in various site-adaptive works that highlight a place's specific and universal attributes. Widrig and Pearson articulate that artistic vision is different from having to deal with the practical world's restrictions. Site-adaptive works may be associated with economic practicality since they may be adapted to the specifics of any architectural or natural space. They are also able to differentiate space and place: space refers to an inherent choreographic element and requires a spatial awareness. Pearson and Widrig talk about the initial attempts at their transition from performing on stage to holding site performances, and how historical research plays no small part in determining their work's direction.

Keywords:   Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig, site-adaptive works, economic practicality, place, space, restrictions

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