I avoid defining a type, be it site-determined, site-orietated, site-referenced, site-conscious, site-responsive, site-related ((Pearson, Mike 2010, Site-Specific Performance, Palgrave Macmillan: London, p. 1))
– Mike Pearson on ‘Site Specific’
At the University of Lincoln, second year single and joint honours Drama students are required to take part in the core module Site Specific Performance. Within this module, students are asked to ‘discover the range of creative possibilities and challenges the subject offers… where site/place, whether it be a Library, house, Gallery, City or park, is studied, investigated, notated and re-visioned. Where traditional theatre is erased in our temporary visitations of place.’ ((Lawrence, Conan 2013, ‘Site Specific Performance’, Module Guide, handbook))
Divided into five seperate classes, students are let loose to discover and investigate their assigned site. For Ally Walsh’s group, we were allocated ‘The City’; this provides us with the opportunity to have the entirity of Lincoln to gain inspiration from.
The foundation for our City based performances focus on the book Invisible Cities (2004) written by Italo Calvino, which documents memories of foreign cities discovered by traveller Marco Polo as he recalls his findings to Chinese emporer Kublah Khan. Although, it is discovered that Marco Polo is merely talking prodominately about Venice, Italy, this still give the illusion/inspiration that one city can hold many memories and sites that will be different whichever way you choose to look at it.
With this in mind, each of the smaller groups within the class have explored, discovered and investigated the city in search of a site that interests and intrigues them. Each group has managed to find different and individual sites which they have each researched to large lengths with ideas and thoughts towards our final group exhibiton of performances.
Although our site is the city, our perfomance location is, in actual fact, studio based in which all of our findings will be brought from the city and into the studio, creating installation pieces which are infused with the essence of our desired sites.
These performaces will take place on Saturday 4th May 2013 in Studios 1 & 2 of the LPAC throughout the duration of the day.