Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

East/West abstraction: Modern dance through somatic process
by Curtis, Elizabeth Ann, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 90; 1527909
Abstract (Summary)

This study discusses the three dances created toward the Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance at California State University, Long Beach: Observation Cookie, Ensō, and You Are Here. The goals for the work included a successful merging of Eastern and Western traditions in modem dance with work exploring Eastern philosophy and art aesthetics in a way that is compatible with a Western audience. Mode of representation is also considered as a means to deliver intent with clarity. In addition, the relationship between dance and music is explored. I concluded that in order to create the type of work that I wanted to make, a somatic-based performance training process was necessary that was informed by neuroscience and a consideration of the effect that electronic media has on the rapidly evolving brain.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Lorin
Commitee: Dunagan, Colleen, Johnson, Keith
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance
Keywords: Eastern philosophy, Original dance, Performance training, Somatic
Publication Number: 1527909
ISBN: 9781303984334
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