Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Engaging dance audiences through irony?
by Glabe, Heather, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 89; 1523271
Abstract (Summary)

Three dances, Hansel and Gretel's Guide to Surviving the Wilderness, The Illusion of Passion, and Swans and Other Misconceptions comprise the thesis project completed toward the fulfillment of the requirements of a MFA degree in Dance. This project sought to investigate methods for the engagement of a broad and diverse dance audience. While narrative was initially proposed as a potential method for facilitating responsive viewership, the project ultimately utilized irony as the primary engagement tool. Thus, the execution of layered and nuanced performances from student casts became imperative. Both the theoretical and experiential developments encountered throughout this project are described and discussed in this document. These findings conclude that although irony was eventually achieved in performance, irony may be too complex a device to completely engage a broad audience of viewers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Lorin
Commitee: Dunagan, Colleen, LeBank, Ezra
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance
Publication Number: 1523271
ISBN: 9781303207358
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