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.
|Commitee:||Dunagan, Colleen, Johnson, Keith|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Eastern philosophy, Original dance, Performance training, Somatic|
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