Territoriality and Choreography in Site-Situated Performance

k.g. Guttman

Doctoral thesis

10 November 2020

Janneke Wesseling
Frans de Ruiter
Sher Doruff

Available at:
Leiden University Repository



“Territoriality and Choreography in Site-Situated Performance” is a research project that performatively activates a series of residential sites in Canada and the Netherlands.

The key terms territoriality and choreography are concepts and practices that express and navigate space-time(s). The project animates the forces of territoriality through the choreographed encounter between host-dancer, guest-audience, and site-performance.

Written and explored from the perspective of a Canadian settler scholar and artist, the project attunes to the material and discursive forces of the guest, host, and site within colonial and settler colonial conditions. The project develops a critical and creative mode of engagement with the social, material, and political relations of a site and the world-building potential of performance.

The artistic component of the research project “Territoriality and Choreography in Site-Situated Performance” involves multiple elements, consisting of documentary images and video, a live performance, and a final artistic presentation.