Site Responsive vs Site Specific
One of our main visions here at Eclipse Theatre Company is to create site responsive theatre. Many people ask us, “what is the difference between ‘site specific’ and ‘site responsive’?” Well, both are exciting and allow for a unique type of theatre experience. The basics are… Site specific is when you have a story you want to tell and you choose a space to tell it in. Site responsive is when you find a space and have it reflect what story it wants to tell. It is allowing the architecture of the space to inform you of what should be experienced. This really comes to fruition in our musical theatre lab. When we choose an interesting location, gather a group of artists and watch them create a story together based on the feeling they receive from that space. So, I’ll put this out there… if you have or have come across an interesting or fascinating space in Toronto that you think has a story needing to be told, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We may just go exploring it!