On Site is a practical guide to creating site-specific dance performance work. Written by experienced artist Stephan Koplowitz, the book guides everyone from beginners to experienced creators through the work of performing on site.
- GGuides readers through the practical aspects of creating and producing site dance performances with accessible, easy-to-read chapters addressing both theoretical and pragmatic aspects of site specific creation
- Contains conversations with 24 practicing artists
- Details real-world scenarios from the author's decades of experience as a creator
About the Author(s)
Stephan Koplowitz, Director/Choreographer/Educator
Stephan Koplowitz is an award-winning director/ choreographer/media artist working on stage, film, and site. He has created 92 works produced in the US, Europe, and Asia. Awards include the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship, New York "Bessie" Award, six NEA Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship. After 23 years in NYC working as an educator and artist, Koplowitz was appointed dean/faculty of dance at the California Institute of the Arts (2006- 2016). Koplowitz has a degree in music from Wesleyan University and an MFA
in choreography from the University of Utah. He currently resides in NYC.
"On Site is no dry or abstruse tome. It's an homage, first and foremost, to performance in non-traditional spaces, and it is a stunning template that takes the reader step by step through the processes, beginning wide—with site visits—to constructing structures, gathering partners, participants, pr, money, budgets, tech, costumes, documentation and, at the end, designing and making assessments....And on a practical note, On Site is a good reason, if one is needed, for educators to build a class around creating site-specific work. It could even invite collaboration across disciplines, perhaps outside the arts." - Ann Murphy, Notable Dance
"The definitive new textbook on site-based work. He meticulously covers the logistics and artistic mindset needed for site-specific projects. Koplowitz lovingly shares his process from decades in the field, including staging large-scale site-specific works around the globe." - Ann Murphy, Dance Teacher
"With the range of voices and approaches he discusses, Koplowitz is able to touch on the numerous ideas and creative practices involved in the form and utilize his extensive knowledge and experience." - Laura Stein, thINKingDance.net
"Among a wealth of practical advice for site work creation are Koplowitz's stimulating ideas for site selection and designing events for them, researching site histories and communities, and collaborations with associate artists." - Jonathan Stein, thINKingDance.net