Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Abundance and Scarcity Theories as Applied to Dance-Making: A Dance Cooperative Proposal
by Pinigis, Erica, M.F.A., Mills College, 2013, 39; 1537709
Abstract (Summary)

Theoretically and practically, dance confronts the problem of economic scarcity. However the problem is not merely monetary. Scarcity is paradigm that structures reality and leads to a far less acknowledged byproduct, that of a belief in creative scarcity in dance itself. By looking at assumptions about scarcity in dance, this paper examines the belief that creative scarcity is an inevitable byproduct of scanty economic resources. By uncovering unacknowledged hidden reservoirs of abundance, and applying existing and effective theories and examples of abundance, it deals with establishing an intellectual foundation from which to build a model for a dance space that would re-define dance resources and provide the dance artists a more supportive and liberating mental, physical, and emotional basis from which to make art. Dance-making is shown to have the potential to be shifted from a model of scarcity towards one of abundance by demoting financial resources from their position of priority, rethinking dogmatic hierarchies, and bringing social, cultural, theoretical, and emotional resources into play. Such a movement towards a model of abundance calls for a shift in how a dance space is conceived and operated and how the art itself is understood, leading to a discussion and examination of a proposed dance cooperative model.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murphy, Ann, Smith, Sheldon
School: Mills College
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance
Keywords: Abundance, Consensus, Cooperative, Dance, Scarcity, Sustainable
Publication Number: 1537709
ISBN: 9781303093142
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