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Site-Specific Dance

California sculpture artist Robert Irwin popularized the term site-specific in the 1970s. He devised an entire spectrum onto which works of “conditional” art could fall. Site-specific was only one of four kinds of art on the spectrum.

Happy We!

The auditorium lights dim halfway. The band strikes up (the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, under Nicholas McGegan). Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” zings into the house, filled with Mostly Mozart Festival and Mark Morris regulars.

ELIZABETH STREB with Nancy Dalva

Catherine Gund’s documentary of Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company is part biopic, part adventure film, and part travelogue, taking viewers from the company’s early years to Streb’s more recent one day occupation of London where she staged her own super high-risk version of the Olympics. Before the film opened in New York, the choreographer met with the Rail’s Nancy Dalva.

Healing a Hundred Years of Hatred One Step at a Time

In his brutal poem bewailing the beginnings of the genocide, renowned Armenian poet Siamanto used the imagery of dance as a weapon of humiliation’s prelude to slaughter.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2014

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