Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Los Angeles' 1981 bicentennial installation, "The City of Our Lady Queen of the Angels" inspires digitally filmed ritual choreography
by Hunt, Mark Alan, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2016, 301; 10244013
Abstract (Summary)

This interdisciplinary thesis begins with a 1981 birthday gift of art, music, photography, and words presented to the citizenry of Los Angeles for their bicentennial titled The City of Our Lady Queen of the Angels. The installation was created by Anthony Duquette and Angelino artisans and depicted a court of giant Archangels presided over by their queen, the patron angel of the city. The installation was accompanied by a poem written for Los Angeles by Ray Bradbury, set to music by Garth Hudson, and preserved through photography by James Chen. I reconstruct the fragments of Bradbury's poem and prepare them as spell for transportation as a Los Angeles specific ritual performance. I document and then use the installation and poem as the inspiration for my own reinterpretation of the 1981 work through music, words and choreography titled A Dance in the Green Garden of the Queen of the Angels. My oral interpretation of the poem defines its structure, and composer David Johnson creates a score for the work, which I perform and record with instrumental quartet. I choreograph, cast, and costume the resulting Queen of the Angels Sonata as a ritual dance, and the piece is performed at CSULA’s International Day of Dance Concert, 2016. I then create a film production team to digitally record and edit the entire dance concert as a feature length film, and its seven individual dances as short film excerpts, that are distributed globally on YouTube.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Odhiambo Horne, Seonagh
Commitee: Baker-Cristales, Beth F., Bloom, Alan, Brown, Karin E.
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Dance, Cinematography
Keywords: Bradbury, Ray, Duquette, Anthony, Los Angeles bicentennial, Oral interpretation of literature, The City of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, Tongva, Gabrielino
Publication Number: 10244013
ISBN: 9781369512731
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