An Exploration of Site Specific Dance

You are invited to join arts-based social networking community, Women of Culture, for a virtual viewing party and intimate talkback with Melissa Riker, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Kinesis Project dance theatre, a large-scale, out-door, public space dance company.

Since 2001, Kinesis has been at the forefront of the international discussion of placemaking, art engagement and the cultural imperative of art in public space. Inspired by Riker’s questions about the world around us, her dances are created through a generative, collaborative process with both dancers and designers. They are further evolved based on the site in which they are performed, resulting in unique and custom performances in each space the company enters.

Together, we will view recordings of some of the Kinesis Project works in their out-door, natural spaces, and then experience a short, live performance of Kinesis Project dancers in new, site specific, Quarantine choreography. Melissa will walk us through her inspirations and process, taking us on an inspiring deep-dive into how the choreographic eye and creativity can translate in our current, virtual world.

This is a great session for anyone who is interested in:
• contemporary dance, as well as the choreographic or artistic process
• how collaborations & partnerships can expand and enhance artistic practices
• how artists and dancers are adapting to the current challenges of our virtual world and using these challenges as inspiration
• taking a break from Netflix binges to add some art & community to their weekend

No dance ability or background necessary 🙂


2pm ET (11am PT) | Welcome & community connecting
2:20-3:30pm (11:20am PT) | Virtual viewing, talkback and discussion

As with all of our virtual connection sessions, there will be time to connect with the community and get to know the fellow attendees at the start of the call, before diving in to the viewing party, talkback and discussion.

We are asking for a minimum $5 donation, with 5 comp tickets available (first come, first served). All registrants will receive a zoom link a day before the session, as well as a recording after the session ends.

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