Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Grace and the Evolution: Claiming Somatic Choreographic Empowerment
by Maxwell, Grace Marie, M.F.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2019, 93; 13903994
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis discusses my journey towards culturally empowered somatic self-authority as a biracial African American and Irish American woman, dancer, choreographer, educator, and dance studio owner. I document the ways that cultural bias has affected my professional and educational journey and I explore how the dances that I made for partial fulfillment of my MFA degree reflect my cultural empowerment and newly claimed somatic self-authority. By “somatic self-authority,” I refer to the deep, inner thoughts, feelings, and ideas that govern how I sense, feel, and execute the movement for myself and others that appears in my choreography. I have found a greater sense of pride and affirmation in my choreographic choices throughout my artistic evolution. Throughout my thesis, I also comment on the influence that various dance scholars and somatic practitioners have had on my journey towards culturally empowered somatic self-authority.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davalos, CatherineMarie
Commitee: Barragan, Rosana, Wu, Jia
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Performing Arts
Keywords: Autoethnography, Biracial choreographer, Dance, Performative autoethnography, Somatic, Somatic self-authority
Publication Number: 13903994
ISBN: 9781085633512
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