Site-specific dance refuses the confines of a concert stage. From sidewalks to airports, bridges to buildings, choreographers are reshaping our conventional notions of performance. When a dance piece is conceived in relation to a particular place (and is therefore “site-specific”) the location becomes as much a part of the performance as the dancer’s body. Brought out into the world, dance expands its imaginative repertoire, engages with new audiences, and helps reinvigorate a sense of communal space.
From Noémie Lafrance's company dancing atop the Gehry designed Richard B. Fisher Center in Upstate New York, to Trisha Brown's famous Roof Piece restaged atop buildings overlooking the Chelsea High Line, click on for our favorite site-specific dances in recent years.