Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Autobiography in movement and prose: The self-made image
by Caldwell, Rachel, M.F.A., Mills College, 2014, 39; 1557458
Abstract (Summary)

Autobiographies have been written by notable 20th Century choreographers, establishing a strong connection between autobiographical writing and the art of choreographing. The autobiographical process, specifically the act of self-reflection, lends itself to the formation of a self-image, which is evident in both the choreographers' writing and their choreography. Because of similar processes in choreography and autobiographical writing, choreographers are inclined towards the autobiographical act, as it is an invaluable tool for self-discovery and expression. Through this process, choreographers have been able to formulate and perpetuate lasting images of themselves, supported by both their choreographic work, and their written autobiographies. Examples of this can be seen in the works of 20th Century modern dance choreographers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Yvonne Rainer and Twyla Tharp.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Sheldon
Commitee: Leonhardt, Ellie, Murphy, Ann
School: Mills College
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, American literature
Keywords: Autobiographical dance, Autobiography, Choreography, Modern dance, Self-image, Self-reflection
Publication Number: 1557458
ISBN: 978-1-303-94879-4
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