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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Methodologies of performance coaching: Cultivating genuine stage presence and character embodiment in concert modern dance
by Phillips, Margaret E., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 75; 1528025
Abstract (Summary)

This project report discusses the choreographic process used to investigate tools and methodologies for cultivating genuine, natural performance qualities and character embodiment in concert modem dance works. In fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, three dances were created and performed to showcase advancements in this thesis research. Circular Waltz Study investigated how to embody character roles within specific duet relationships. As One explored exposing the expressive possibilities of the body with a large ensemble cast. Plastic Passions and Grounded Intimacies utilized improvisation in the choreographic process to generate movement material and coach dancers to cultivate a genuine performance quality. This project report will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies explored, and whether they were ultimately successful in helping the dancers deliver a genuine character during performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vaca, Andrew
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Performing Arts
Keywords: Improvisation, Modern dance, Performance training, Training methodologies
Publication Number: 1528025
ISBN: 978-1-303-98549-2
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