Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dancing ambivalence: A critical analysis of Mark Morris' choreography in “Dido and Aeneas” (1989), “The Hard Nut” (1991), and “Romeo and Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare” (2008)
by Jae, Hwan Jung, Ph.D., Temple University, 2012, 267; 3510304
Abstract (Summary)

Mark Morris is deeply engaged with dance traditions and the classics, but he transforms them into modern, eclectic pieces. He often dissolves the distinctions between reality and fantasy, and good and evil, emphasizing reconciliation and love. Morris sculpts his own story and characters from musical elements within the overarching musical structure, portraying the characters and their emotions through detailed variations of movement quality. Characterizing Morris' dual attitudes as ambivalence, this study aims to highlight the dynamic structure and complexity of meaning in his works. I suggest that Morris' ambivalence is related to his perspective, the way he sees the world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kahlich, Luke
Commitee: Kreinberg, Steven, Margolis, Joseph, Meglin, Joellen
School: Temple University
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art Criticism, Dance
Keywords: Ambivalence, Choreography, Dido and Aeneas, Gender and sexuality, Hard Nut, Morris, Mark, Musicality, Narrative, Romeo and Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare
Publication Number: 3510304
ISBN: 978-1-267-37874-3
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