Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Autobiography in dance: Using personal memories to elicit audience association and response
by Wickstrom, Johnna Nicole, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 82; 1523243
Abstract (Summary)

In fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Fine Arts degree, three dances were choreographed and performed at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater located at the California State University, Long Beach campus. As this project report details, the pieces arose out of an interest in connecting with dance audience members on a personal level. The material presented in each work was created by excavating autobiographical memories during rehearsals. The first of these projects, The Stories We Tell, attempted to create layers of meaning by juxtaposing truths from the dancers' lives with the mythic story of Athena's birth. Little Water, presented an illustration of the joy with which a child experiences the world, specifically in terms of her relationship to water. The final project, The Truth About Butterflies, was a solo exploring my own personal memories, specifically focusing on father relationships, and the need for love and acceptance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vaca, Andrew
Commitee: Dunagan, Colleen, Fenton, Roxane
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: 1523243
ISBN: 978-1-303-20694-8
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