Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dance as Healing Therapy: The Use of Korean Traditional Mission Dance in Overcoming Oppression
by Son, Munmi, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2018, 86; 10814071
Abstract (Summary)

Korean traditional mission dance originates in worship ceremonies in Christian churches and missionary settings, but inherits movement, floor patterns, and motifs from Korean folk dances that are performed as ceremonial rituals. This thesis suggests that as women connect to the healing power present in Korean traditional dance and its hybrid forms, they may be aided in healing from negative experiences with sexist oppression. The author discusses intersectional oppression she experienced in Korea through an autoethnographic research process, her experiences with Korean traditional mission dance pioneered by Soon Ja Park and considers identity transformation and healing in the context of her work as director of the L.A. Argon Mission Dance group. In this way, she expands a choreography model to further these healing processes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kummer, Seónagh
Commitee: Afary, Kamran, Greenburg, Meredith, Kupka, Nancy
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Theatre and Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Therapy, Religion, Dance, Womens studies
Keywords: Christian dance, Dance, Healing dance, Korean traditional dance, Korean traditional mission dance, Therapy dance
Publication Number: 10814071
ISBN: 978-0-438-06986-2
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