Eliza Rudkowska



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Conceptual Design Part One
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Brown, Carol. "Dance-architecture workshop."  <http://www.carolbrowndances.com/docs/dancearchitectureworkshop.doc>

         This article describes the relationship between the body and the space through an organized workshop at the Isadora and Raymond Duncan Centre for Dance. The explorations of various techniques for heightening awareness of space through the body are briefly explained.

Davida, Dena.  "E/merging : viewpoints from various dance event participants." Text from a chapter in the book The Responsive Body:  A language of contemporary dance.  The Canada Dance Festival and Banff Centre Press, 2001.

          Discussion on the meaning of contemporary dance from different points of view.

Gavrilou, Evelyn.  "Inscribing structures of dance into architecture."  <http://www.spacesyntax.net/symposia/SSS4/fullpapers/32Gavriloupaper.pdf>

         Alternative models of dance as spatio-temporal form are used as a basis for discussing the interaction between the bodies of buildings and subjects in architectural environments.

Greenaway, Katheryn.  "Breakdance Breakthrough." The Gazette, 8 August 2002. <http://www.destinscroises.com/pressrelease/gazette.PDF>

"La danse urbaine rentre en scène."  Montréal Campus - Le journal étudiant de l'UQAM. <http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/campus/cgi-bin/modules.php?name=Sections&op=printpage&artid=88>

Lovell, Susi.  "The new France : Daring cultural program challenges perceptions."  The Gazette, 3 November 2001.

    This article describes how French dance companies shape urban dance into a discipline by 'cross-pollinating hip hip and contemporary dance' with the use of lighting effects, projections, props and music. Compared to the exchanges in France, the interaction between hip-hop and contemporary-dance communities in Montreal is virtually non-existent, .  

Poulin, Isabelle.  "Quand la danse hip-hop bondit de la rue jusqu'à la scène."  Le Devoir, 28 November 2001.

Serafin, Amy.  "On French Soil, a Harvest of Hip-Hop Hybrids." The New York Times,  2 January 2000 : B9.

     This article describes a sponsored project where a exceptional ballet dancer chooses a hip hop choreographer with whom to create an original work. Together they struggle to find a place where classical and urban dance could meet. 

Stewart, Natalie Pugh. Corbin, Ted Denison.  "Dance and Architecture : Redefining perceptions of time and space."  Crit 1998, Spring n14, p.19-21.



Emmerling, Leonard. Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988. Köln : Taschen, 2003.

         Jean-Michel Basquiat was a graffiti sprayer in New York who became a celebrated artist. His works are among the most powerful and intense to come out of the 1980's art scene. He painted in layers, using fragments of daily life, words, simple symbols and stick-man figures in order to create a form of art that all could understand and that all could practice. His work can be described as original, primitive, authentic, "an attempt to renew and revitalize art itself" (80).

    Emmerling, Leonard. Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988. Köln : Taschen, 2003.

All pictures from: Emmerling, Leonard. Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988. Köln : Taschen, 2003.


Foster, Susan Leigh. Reading Dancing : Bodies and subjects in Contemporary American Dance.  Berkeley : University of California Press, 1986.

          The author proposes a set of choreographic conventions that create and convey what a dance is about. To trace the development of choreographic meaning from class and rehearsal to the dance performance itself, the author compares choreographers' views on the creative process, dance technique, and the expressive act.

Gélinas, Aline. ed. Jean-Pierre Perreault: Choreographer.  Montreal : Arts Inter-Media Canada/Dance Collection Danse, 1992.

         A collection of essays in which dancers and choreographers, designers, academics, and fascinated spectators drawn from other domains pay tribute to Jean-Pierre Perreault's body of work.

Hillier, Bill. Space is the Machine : A Configurational Theory of Architecture. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1996.

         This book attempts to lead the way to an analytical theory in which understanding and design advance together. It points out the complimentary relationship between architecture and dance concerning movement and form. 



Centre de création et diffusion pluridisciplinaire Usine C  <www.usine-c.com>

        The reuse of the old Raymond factory was a major element in the urban revival efforts of the Sud-Est neighborhood. The cultural facility provides a cafe, a creation space and a 472 seat flexible performance space.      

Compagnie Destins Croisés Home page  <www.destinscroises.com>

     Young Franco-Québécois dance Company whose mandate is to escape from the stereotypes associated with urban dance through structured choreography and use of space.

Espace Chorégraphique Jean-Pierre Perreault  <www.fjpp.org>

         This renovation project transformed an old church into an ideal space for artistic creation. This is a place which served Jean-Pierre Perreault's creative process which is global and intimately related to the notion of space.

The Dance Current - Canada's Dance Magazine  <http://www.thedancecurrent.com/>

Société immobilière du Québec <http://www.siq.gouv.qc.ca/imm/ccamtl/envir/index.htm>

Festival - M1 Design Studio in Architecture and Urbanism - Arch 672 Fall 2003 <http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/bird/arch672/fall2003/phase2.html>


Personal Interviews

         Meetings were scheduled  to discuss dance spaces and how they relate to the body and movement as well as to the creation process of performances. Issues such as size, privacy, light, colour, materials and feasibility were discussed. Interesting insight about the urban culture movement in Montreal was also provided.

Paul Caskey, artistic director Studio 303. 12 Feb. 2004.

Martin, owner Studio Bizz. 19 Feb. 2004.

Curtis Patterson, vice-president Performarts International. 23 Feb. 2004.

Angelo Ameur, dancer, chorographer, owner Urban Element Dance Centre. 24 Feb. 2004.

Natasha Jean-Bart, dancer, choreographer, member of Compagnie Destins Croisés. 24 Feb. 2004.

Dena Davida, artistic director Tangente. 27 Feb. 2004.

Yves Sheriff, programming Usine C.  2 March. 2004 and 12 March. 2004.

Mark Shaub, artistic director Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. 10 March. 2004.

Louis-Pierre Trépanier, technical director Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. 10 March 2004.

Ismaël Mouaraki, dancer, choreographer, artistic director, Compagnie Destins Croisés, 19 March 2004, 31 March 2004, ...