Contacting the Penumbra


The Penumbra of Spatial Apprehension figures prominently in Contact at 10th and 2nd.


The Penumbra of Spatial Apprehension

The Penumbra of Spatial Apprehension

The Penumbra of Spatial Apprehension, the downstage semi-circle shown here in red, is the area of the performance space that the performers, unless required to do so by a predetermined spatial choreography, tend to avoid.

When performers enter this penumbra, they tend to face upstage if vertical; or keep their pelvises close to the ground if facing downstage; or move through the penumbra with a trajectory parallel with the front of the stage.

Experience and the likelihood of entering the penumbra do not have a direct relationship.