Module code: DAN2031

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the practice of choreography for non-traditional performance spaces. This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop skills in making site-specific dance performance informed by spatial theory. The module develops skills in solo, collaborative and independent dance making encountered in previous choreography modules and applies them to site-specific choreography. The assessment tasks comprise a choreographic assignment for a non-traditional space on campus and the submission of a short essay that reflects the student’s understanding of relevant theory in relation to their practical work.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

HALL Joanna (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W510

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Definitions of specificity

  • Consideration of site-dance origins, histories and influences.

  • Practical explorations of different sites

  • Practical and theoretical explorations of site-dance categories such as; site-generic, site-adaptive, site-sensitive, site-specific.

  • Disscussion and reflection on the work of key site-dance artists, i.e Stephan Koplowitz, Susanne Thomas, Rosemary Lee, Paul Andre Fortier

  • Practical and theoretical explorations of site-dance and associated performance disciplines i.e walking practice, durational performance, immersive performance, virtual and digital / remote performance.

  • Practical and theoretical explorations of curating, producing and presenting site-dance work including audience positioning and engagement.

  • Practical consideration of ethical and health and safety aspects of the form.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (1500 WORDS) 40

Alternative Assessment

Portfolio (eq. 2500 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate :

  • Site-specific dance-making skills.

  • Reflexive learning skills relating to their work and the work of others.

  • Analytical and conceptual skills in written form via their ability to reflect on the practical work in relation to site-specific discourses.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Site-Specific Choreography (60%): students compose a dance for a conceptually relevant site of their choice (Week 12)

  • Essay (40%): critical reflection on site-specific choreography project referencing background research and theoretical understanding of the subject area (Week 14)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 12 & 14

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback on the developing practical work through tutor site visits where group feedback on the practical work will be delivered.

Formative assessment on the developing written work and critical reflection will be delivered through tutorial sessions.

Module aims

  • To provide detailed knowledge and a clear understanding of choreographic practices and principles with specific reference to site-specific dance making.
  • To develop creative, practical and critical skills in choreography, specifically in relation to site-specific work.
  • To prepare for independent choreographic work, by developing a critical awareness around issues of production, curating and spectatorship.
  • To develop critical awareness of students' own practice in relation to current relevant theoretical sources and wider site-specific performance practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 A detailed understanding of a range of compositional devices and structures used in choreography, including movement phrasing and its organisation in time and space KC
2 An informed awareness of relevant theoretical thinking regarding site-specific performance and professional practice, including audience management and relevant current thinking and practice KC
3 Ability to develop a clear conceptual framework and select compositional devices for choreographic practice in non-traditional performance spaces KCP
4 Ability to generate appropriate movement material on site and to create a complete performance experience for the spectator. KCP
5 Ability to responsibly initiate, plan, organise and realise site-specific choreographic outcomes, including the organisation of rehearsals and the obtaining of any necessary production resources and health and safety permissions KCPT
6 Ability to work collaboratively with others and reflect critically on individual input to the creative and devising process CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Tutorial Hours: 44

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Introduce students both practically and theoretically to the mechanisms and techniques of site-specific dance making.

  • Develop generic choreographic skills and adapt them to the context of site-dance performance making.

  • Develop students as reflective learners through their engagement with theoretical and conceptual frameworks relating to site-specific practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Practical sessions (2 hours x 11 weeks)

  • Feedback Tutorials

  • Seminar discussions

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.