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According to Camille Lefevre, Twin Cities dance critic who has written extensively on site-specific dance:

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. The site-specific choreographer also generates the work’s movement vocabulary and its content out of her excavation of, research into and interpretation of the site’s unique cultural matrix of characteristics, whether architectural, historical, political, economic, social and/or environmental.
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For more on Marylee Hardenbergh's site-specific performances, visit her website at

photo by Bruce Goodman


One River Mississippi

















ART: Site-Specific Dance Explained
June 24