This summer, three San Antonio historic and cultural landmarks will set the state for SATELIGHT DANCE, a series of workshops and performances followed by a screening and discussion that focus on activating public space through dance making and community engagement.
Site specific is a process for creating work in response to a particular place or site that lends itself to creative exploration that is responsive to the context and significance of these spaces. A fun and effective way to raise awareness about who and what we share space with, the approach offers innovative ways of identifying with what is public, historical, and meaningful.
SATELIGHT DANCE makes dance making accessible to novices and adventurous for seasoned movers resulting in interesting collaborations across experience, age, and backgrounds. The project aims to connect participants with our cities downtown and address the role of physical engagement and embodied citizenry to spark dialogue about the importance of public space in democratizing art and culture.
SATELIGHT DANCE will begin with a series of three Site Specific Movement Making Workshops where the public is invited to make a contribution to the body of knowledge that will inform our understanding of the significance of each site and the culminating performances. Workshops will take place as follows:
Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Main Plaza at 114 W. Commerce St.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hemisfair Park at 434 S. Alamo
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Plaza de Zacate/Milam Park at
501 W. Commerce
Workshops are free and open to young adults through older adults of all dance backgrounds and levels of experience.
The workshop series will culminate in a traveling Dance Walk and Performance series that will take audience members through site visits of the three locations. Here we will present choreographed and community informed dances that are specific to each site. Performances will feature workshop participants who will be encouraged to perform through a guided production process alongside members of the creative team.
The Dance Walk and Performance series will take place on
July 30, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be free and open to the public
Individuals that miss their chance to participate in the workshop series and/or the dance walk and performance series can learn about the SATELIGHT DANCE project in a Screening and Discussion. Participants and viewers will be encouraged to reflect on what was unraveled about each site, engage with the movement material that was created, and learn about the technological and site specific applications that were used. Video footage from the traveling dance walk and performance series will also be presented and shared via real time online streaming to engage viewers throughout the world.
The Screening and Discussion will take place at Jump-Start Theater at 710 Fredericksburg Rd on August 10, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
SATELIGHT DANCE is funded in part by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development and the Texas Commission on the Arts with sponsorship from San Antonio Dance Umbrella.